What can we do when usb flash stick wants formatting if you connect the USB flash drive to Windows PC, the thumb drive warns not formatted error on Windows OS like 7/10?
As every USB flash drive user knows, you need to connect the USB drive to a PC no matter you want to write files to the drive or copy, delete, move files from the drive. When you connect your USB flash drive to a Windows 7 computer, if the Windows 7 OS says that you need to format the USB flash drive before you can use it, you cannot access the flash drive unless you can format it. However, formatting will erase the USB flash drive. Well, is there a way that you can access files stored on the USB flash drive without formatting it?
The only way to access files from a USB flash drive that needs to be formatted is to get the files from the flash drive by a third-party tool. We recommend you to use iCare Data Recovery, which is able to help with data recovery from your USB flash drive when it requires formatting on Windows. The software supports all brand and types of USB flash drive and can help you restore any type of files effectively. As the professional data recovery software, iCare Data Recovery has been proved to be the most reliable, secure and powerful data rescue program for many users.
Step1. Connect the USB flash drive to your Windows 7/10/XP computer. Free download iCare Data Recovery, install and run it on your computer. Then choose "Deep Scan Recovery" module.
Step2. Choose the USB flash drive which needs to be formatted and click "Recover" button, and then the software will perform scan on the USB flash drive.
Step3. Select the partition and click "Show Files" button so that you can view the found files. You can also preview the found files by clicking the file and then clicking "File Preview".
Step4. Choose the files and click "Save Files" button to save the selected files.
How to format raw pen drive in Windows 7?
Well, recovering data from USB flash drive with help of iCare Data Recovery is just the first step for USB flash drive not formatted error. You still need to format the USB flash drive to fix the not formatted error on Windows 7. When a USB flash drive needs to be formatted on Windows 7, you can find its file system is turned to RAW. Therefore, you can use any method you know to format the USB flash drive from RAW to FAT32.
Please pay attention: Formatting of USB flash drive is only a way to convert its file system from RAW to FAT32 and probably fix the not formatted error, but it is not helpful with data recovery from the flash drive. This is also the reason why we often recommend you to recover data first before you want to format the USB flash drive.
We always emphasize that users should recover data first and then format the USB flash drive, because data stored on the USB flash drive might be overwritten after formatting. In fact, formatting won’t overwrite the data stored on USB flash drive, but you may write new files to the USB flash drive after formatting which may overwrite the lost data. As long as you haven’t write new files to the USB flash drive, you can recover deleted files off USB flash drive free with iCare Data Recovery even after you format the USB flash drive from RAW to FAT32.
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