How to Repair RAW USB Pen Drive When it Says You Need to Format


What shall we do when usb flash drive reported you need to format disk before you can use it? This article introduces the solution for such error on thumb drive and makes your usb drive work again.

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Why usb flash drive warns you need to format disk before you can use

You may be confused why your USB flash drive warns you need to format disk before you can use it when you insert your usb flash drive to your computer, And it was worked well last time you used it. What’s wrong with it?

When your usb flash drive reports that it needs to be formatted, it means that your usb thumb drive get corrupted, there are so many reasons which can make your usb flash drive corrupted, such like virus infection, abrupt unplug your usb flash drive without safe ejection, interrupt the format process, internal files get corrupted, improper operation on your usb drive, etc. If you ever did that on your usb pen drive, your device may get corrupted and turns to raw, which means a file system with no format, and the space becomes to 0 bytes, so, all your data on the usb pen drive has gone.

How to repair raw usb thumb drive with raw repair tool

Don't worry, you can still get solutions to repair the raw usb thumb drive. And there is free raw repair tool in the system you can try first. Follow the instructions to repair your raw drive.

Step1: Right click your usb pen drive, choose properties.

Step2: Choose "Tools", and click "error-checking"

Step3: Select “ Automatically fix file system error” to let system repair your usb pen drive and fix the file system error.

Video - how to repair raw disk with error-checking

Recover data from raw pen drive

As your usb thumb drive turns to raw, your data has all been erased, so what is most important thing is to restore the data on the raw usb pen drive.

When your usb thumb drive turns to raw, data restoration is not that easy to complete, because your usb flash drive can’t even be recognized by your computer, but a data recovery tool can, you can use a data recovery tool to make it. Data recovery software can access your raw drive data and restore it easily. You just need to be careful to avoid a malware or some software that has another plug-ins alongside with it.And follow the instructions below to complete the format work.

Instructions of recovering data when your computer pops out "You need to format the disk in drive"

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Step 1: run the iCare Pro Free to start free raw usb drive recovery and choose Deep Scan Recovery mode.

select mode

Step 2: choose your usb flash drive to scan.

select drive

Step 3: After scan, preview the found data.

save data

Step 4: Choose the data you need and save them to another place. DO NOT save data to the raw drive.

Format usb flash drive to ntfs

you can format your usb pen drive to ntfs or fat32 to fix the problem, CMD is a good choice to format the raw drive if the system format option doesn’t work. Steps are as follows:

Step1: Open CMD window

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Step2: Type "format F: /fs:ntfs"(F is the drive letter of your RAW SD memory card)

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After these steps, you can repair your usb pen drive without data loss.

Video - how to format usb ntfs from raw

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