My External Hard Drive Says It Needs to be Formatted - How to Recover Files?

External hard drive not formatted error can be caused by sudden power outage, improper ejection of the drive from the PC, or improper formatting. In this case, use Not Formatted Error software to recover data from external hard drive. Download the demo version for free and start recovering all your files!!!

Problem -

“I have a 500 GB Transcend Hard Disk .and I've been using it for a year. Recently, something happened to it, of which I'm unaware. If I connect it to my laptop or any other PC, it is asking me to format. I can’t even open it, can’t read any data from it. If initiated for error check, to start an error check also, it is asking me to format. How can I perform external hard drive not formatted error fix? Your help is very much appreciated, I have got a lot of important data on my hard disk...”.

Solution - 

This is a very common problem that is faced by many external hard drive users. Most of the people opt for the format option as they are unaware that there is an option which can help them get access to their data. Follow these steps –

  1. Right-click on My Computer -> Manage -> Disk Management
  2. Rightclick on the corrupted external hard drive
  3. Select “Change Drive Letter and Path” option
  4. Assign a new drive letter to the drive

Most probably by using this technique, you should be able to access that external drive and see your data. But in many cases, this doesn’t work. In those situations, drive recovery software comes into the picture.

Many external HDD users might have encountered the problem of the external hard drive not formatted error fix. After you plug your external hard drive into a computer, you are not able to open it. When you attempt to do so, the Windows pops up an error message “You need to format disk in drive before you can use it” or “The a disk in the drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”. Since there are many precious & important files in there, so no one wants to do a format at that moment. But without formatting, you will not be allowed to open the drive. What can you do in such a condition? This writes up will show you how to perform external hard drive not formatted error fix and make the files & folders accessible.

First, let’s see some of the reasons that result in external HDD format error –

  1. Sudden power fluctuation or cut, while transferring files to/from your external hard drive
  2. Improper ejection of the external hard drive from the system
  3. Malware attacks
  4. Bad sectors present on the drive

The external HDD format error caused by any of these corruption scenarios can be handled by the drive recovery tool. The utility makes use of its powerful scanning engine that makes it easy & fast to recover data from the corrupted external drive. To perform the recovery process, you will not require any kind of technical knowledge or guidance. The interface is so user-friendly that you can yourself accomplish the restoration process, with utmost ease. Along with that, each step is provided with a detailed description & the wizard-style interface makes the process even easier. If you are a Windows 7 user & encountering the disk not formatted error, then follow

Apart from dealing with external hard drive format error & restoring the data, the program can also recover data from corrupted partitions, USB drives, memory cards, etc. Some of you might be those people, who have clicked “Yes” when the external hard drive format error appeared. Don’t worry, if you have not used the hard drive after that, then you can also use this tool. But if the files are overwritten then there are very fewer chances, as by using a recovery tool you cannot restore the files that are overwritten.

Steps to recover external hard drive after not formatted error –

Step 1 – Download the demo version of the tool & install it on your system. Now launch it.

Step 2 – From the main screen select “Recover Drives” option.

External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error Fix - Main Screen

Fig 1 - Main Screen

Step 3 – Then select “Partition Recovery” option to attain external hard drive not formatted error fix.

External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error Fix - Partition Recovery

Fig 2 - Partition Recovery

Step 4 – Now choose the affected external hard drive & click the next arrow button.

External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error Fix - Select Drive

Fig 3 - Select Drive

Step 5 – After the tool finishes the scanning process, all the recovered data is displayed.

External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error Fix - Recovered Files

Fig 4 - Recovered Files

Step 6 – You can now preview the restored files. In order to save them, you need to purchase the registered version.

External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error Fix - Save Screen

Fig 5 - Save Screen

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