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cd drive not reading contents of disk and does xp installation just format c drive ?

Q: cd drive not reading contents of disk and does xp installation just format c drive ?

Hi,I am using a windows xp sp2 and a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N cd/dvd driveThe problem is my cd drive is sometimes detecting the contents of a cd and sometimes not. I am not even able to find the pattern because the same cd when i insert it into the drive at times it shows the content and at times not.I want to format only my C drive using the windows xp cd. But the problem is when i am trying to boot from the cd, the os is not able read from cd.I checked the bios boot priority configuration and it is set to cd/dvd first.what is the other way of format my c drive other than by booting from cd ?i copied all the contents of the "windows xp installation disk" onto my usb flash drive and wanted to setup windows xp.when i double clicked on "setup.exe", i was able to go to the blue screen which had options of "collecting information, dynamic update, preparing installation, installing windows, finalizing installation". the problem is ..it has not asked me whether to just format c or format c,d,e drives.what will happen if i go ahead and format. will i lose all my data in d, e, f drives also..or by default it just formats c drive even if it does not ask us ?I am actually facing all these problems bcos...my pc is not booting from my cd.Please help me with answers.thank you

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A: cd drive not reading contents of disk and does xp installation just format c drive ?

Hi,

When this happens can you eject the cd? When it doesn't read it does it still sound like it is being read in the cd drive?

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Hi there,
first off I wasn't sure where to post but my guess is it's a driver problem so that's why I started the post in Drivers section. So here's the brief story..

I'm presently running Windows 7 and I'd like to switch to Windows Vista 32 bit. I have both Vista Home Premium and Vista Business, however the two CD's won't read, neither while logged on windows, or when I try to boot the disk after bios booting (yes, I set CD/DVD drive as first in booting sequence).

I'll say in advance, I deleted the windows.old folder so now I can't revert to Vista that way.

I would say it's the CD/DVD drive, but I've inserted other CD's/DVD's and they were read completely with no trouble. As well as, I'd say it's my Vista disks that are bad but the business disk was sealed in the original "paper cover/container", therefore there are no scratches or damage to the disk.

I want to also mention that windows update is up to date.

I'm running on a Dell Studio 1535, any thoughts on what might be preventing me from reading and installing Windows Vista?

A:Vista installation disk not reading, DVD drive AND DVD disk is good

I want add that another thought of mine is that the disk won't read until the hard drive is completely wiped, but I'm not sure if that's how Vista installation disks are configured and if wiping my hard drive will help..

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i go into device manager and i see tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m .however device is unable to play any cd ,dvd or burn.problem also with usb2.0 drive says unable to format and cannot display any files however it does work on any other pc.I would appreciate if someone can help me resolve this.this forum is great by the way I didnt know barely how to turn on pc and thanks to this forum I AM MORE KNOWLEGIBLE ABOUT PC.THANKS IN advance.

A:my disk drive tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m also usb drive says unable to format

Uninstall the cd/dvd drive from Device Manager and restart Windows.

After Windows restarts the drive will be reinstalled.

If still having issue try the solution here

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?
 

A:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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hi,
i jest replaced a dead dvd rom with a ASUS BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray Writer 12X BD-R 16X DVD+R SATA
and the bios see it, windows 7 see's it and installs the driver but every time i try to access the drive the explorer will go not responding and when i use task manager to shutdown the system hangs on logging off and will sit there forever.

what is odd is if i have a disk in and boot the computer it will see the disk and show and work perfectly with that disk until i remove the disk and insert a new disk (this only happens with audio c.d's, dvd's data disks works perfect and blue rays are untested.

thoughts?

A:blue ray disk drive reading disk issues with windows 7

What a coincidence -- I have exactly the same BlueRay drive as you. However, my motherboard has two sets of SATA connectors and I have the BlueRay connected to the one that is NOT set as AHCI. I found when I had it connected to one of the AHCI connectors, I could not boot using it and had problems using it otherwise.

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I know the fault is in my computer because I tested the disc at my neighbour's computer and it read fine. Plus, other discs read fine. Even other installation discs, so I am puzzled and feel the only way to get things back to where they should be is to reformat the hard drive. is there another way?

A:D drive not reading installation disc

Hmmm...I guess I don't see where formatting a hard drive...would be the way to go when an optical drive doesn't act properly.

What is this "installation disk" that won't be read...what does it relate to? Program? O/S?

Louis

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I'm trying to install the game disk for Empire Earth III. The disk drive isn't reading the disk. It reads all my other other disks except for Sim City Societies. I've returned both disks for replacements and they still don't work, so i don't think it's the disks. When I Run>E: or Run>D: it says there's no disk in the drive.

Does anyone know how i could fix this?
 

A:Drive Not Reading Disk

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Hey,

I was trying to install a game recently, and when the installation hit 49% the drive sounded like it quit running. A few seconds later I got an error message saying there was a problem copying one of the files to my hard drive and gave me the choices to abort, retry, or ignore. Retry did nothing and ignore skipped that particular file only to do it again. The installation was barely continuing and it gave me another message that the installation had failed.

If anyone has any idea what is going on and how I could fix it, please post back.

Thanks,
Batosai
 

A:CD Drive quits reading disc halfway through installation

Clean that CD, either dirty or scratched (or illegally copied).
Try another CD-drive.
 

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Recently, my floppy drive reads or should say tries to read but there is no disk in the drive. I checked the button and it is not stuck. Any reason why it would do this or how to stop it from doing this? It doesn't do it all the time and is very random. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Floppy drive keeps reading without disk

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To whom it may concern, I have encountered an error concerning my DVD drive which prevents me from playing desired Movies, Music, and Games. In the instance in which I would like to play a Game, Movie, or Compact Disk I am able to hear continous attempts to read the disk, however in the conclusion the Drive Neglects any indication of the Disks existance.( My computer also contains a CD/RW Drive if that may impose any helpful information.) I have attempted the Rollback method as well as Troubleshooting for Drive errors but have yet to receive a positive result. However in the instance in which I examine my DVD Drives properties, there is an indication that my DVD drive Contains a Full Capacity of Used Space in the presence and absence of a Disk, Game, ect.. Are you able to Comply???

( My Computer operates, under windows XP Professional)
Please E-mail any Solutions to jmbtmp9mm(at)yahoo.com, Thank You.
 

A:DVD- Disk Drive Reading Error

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The user's system has been functioning normally until Tuesday (08/17/04).

Now whenever she puts a floppy into her drive, it reads the first one normally (first one after last boot), but every disk afterwords shows the information from the first disk. She has checked the initial disks this happened with on another system & it read them normally. I had her shut down her system for a prolonged time & it's still doing it.

Is this possibly a virus, the floppy drive in the early stages of failing, or (hopefully) something simpler I'm just not thinking of.

[email protected]
 

A:Floppy drive reading old disk info

Most likely the floppy drive isn't sensing that a new disk has been put in it. Try blowing out the drive with some air first and if that doesn't work try a different floppy drive. You can try reseating and replacing the floppy drive cable too.
 

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I own a macbook and I use BootCamp to run windows xp on a partition. Recently my windows partition has stopped reading my disk drive and doesn't even seem to know that it exists. (It doesn't show up in menus.)

I have very limited experience with computers and don't really have any idea what could be wrong. Any suggestions as to what's wrong/how i can fix it would be appreciated.
 

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I recently had a clean-up and repair job done on my computer. Everthing is much better, but when I try to reinstall Office 2003 the disk drive spins, but doesn't read. Is there a simple procedure to solve this problem?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 71186 MB, Free - 56371 MB;
Motherboard:
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
 

A:Solved: After cleanup/repairs my disk drive is not reading.

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I have a SATA 1TB Seagate Barracuda that has been acting wonky for a while now. I have been meaning to back up the data on it (which is ~700gb of music and videos) but never got around to it. I think now I may have waited too late.

The drive was bought brand new roughly ~18 months ago and has never been dropped or physically damaged. I take very good care of my hardware. Regular cleanings, maintenance, no damage, etc. Anyway, the drive started acting weird a while ago and was sometimes not coming up as a drive but more often than not the performance was terrible. I had to check cables a few times and tightened them in and everything would be ok for a bit but the performance issues would start up again. I mean terrible performance. Sometimes it would take me 60 secs or more to access the drive after double clicking it. After that initial start up the drive would run fine for a while. It seemed like almost when the drive went to sleep it had an issue waking up or starting up.

Well it finally stopped reading. It won't show up now no matter what I do. I swapped cables, SATA ports, etc. I tested it with my 500gb Seagate Barracuda. That one works fine and when I swap in the 1TB.. nothing. I think the drive may be finished. But as I said, there is no physical damage done to it and also it powers up. I can hear the disks spinning when I connect it. Windows is just not reading it. When I go into my Intel Rapid Storage it comes up as a SATA device (0gb) so something is being read, bu... Read more

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Hi,
I've recently had problems booting up the laptop as titled. I am unable to the boot up, in safe mode, safe mode with networking, last known good configuration, and start normally.

I have tried to install XP using the 6 setup disks provided by microsoft and after the final disk in inserted I get the following

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevgent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturuer for driver updates. Try changeng video adapters.

Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as cashing or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press f8 to to select advanced startup options, and then select safe mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0X0000007E (0XC0000005, 0XF76450BF, 0XF7A91208, 0XF7A90F08)

*** pci.sys - address F76450BF base at F763E000, Datestamp 3b7d855c


I noticed this issue as been mentioned before and resolved using XP SP2, but for some strange reason my CD/DVD drive will not boot or read any of my disks. Is there a way around this I have been working on this for 4 days and have now lost 6 mnonths worth of Data.

Please can someone help

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I'm configuring a data recovery package (Kroll Ontrack) to do a recovery on a drive that had data on it but when Win 7 was installed all the data was lost. The options I have are to seek out deleted files or those where a format was done. The latter will take up to 16 hours and return an ungodly amount of files to sift through
ERGO: Does Win 7 format when it installs?

A:Does Win7 format the drive on installation?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliff789


I'm configuring a data recovery package (Kroll Ontrack) to do a recovery on a drive that had data on it but when Win 7 was installed all the data was lost. The options I have are to seek out deleted files or those where a format was done. The latter will take up to 16 hours and return an ungodly amount of files to sift through
ERGO: Does Win 7 format when it installs?


Yes it does format the drive on installation. See if it made a Windows.Old file. This is where it puts all of the info that was written over with the new install.

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Maybe someone know how to solve this problem without formating or deleting another drive?

A:Windows 8 installation drive format problem

Maybe try installing on the Primary drive ?

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Windows 7 32 bits

I have an external drive where i have all my data but whenever i connected it the window You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it pops up

so i tried to find a solution online and i followed this link
How to disable: You need to format the disk in drive Z: before you can use it.
and ended up removing the drive letter
but now the system doesnt detect my external hard drive and rather it shows unallocated space

any idea how i can retreive my data

thanks

A:You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it

  
Quote: Originally Posted by saraben


Windows 7 32 bits

I have an external drive where i have all my data but whenever i connected it the window You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it pops up

so i tried to find a solution online and i followed this link
How to disable: You need to format the disk in drive Z: before you can use it.
and ended up removing the drive letter
but now the system doesnt detect my external hard drive and rather it shows unallocated space

any idea how i can retreive my data

thanks


What was your drive formated previously? Was it encrypted?

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Every 5 minutes or so , a pop up saying "You need to format the disk in drive g before you can use it" comes up. Problem is, I have no disk in drive g, and nothing connected to my usb ports. So i have no idea what this means. Add to this that the device manager keeps refreshing and will not let me click anything. Any help?

A:Format disk in drive g pop up

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Sounds like your computer may have a virus.

Use Malwarebytes for a full scan in Safe Mode to see if anything shows up.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700 CPU @ 3.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 158 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16342 Mb
Graphics Card: Radeon (TM) RX 480 Graphics, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 111 GB (39 GB Free)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., H170M-DS3H-CF
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

I'm trying to flash Linux Mint onto a USB disk so I can install it on another computer. The USB disk was working. I already had something on the USB disk, and used it successfully one time, a couple of months ago. I haven't used it since. It's not broken and I didn't store it in heat or anything. But now, when I use BalenaEtcher to flash the ISO onto the USB disk, BalenaEtcher appears to be flashing it for 3 minutes. When it's finished, I attempt to look at the disk in Explorer to see if it worked. Every time, the disk is empty, and a box pops up to say "You need to format the disk in drive F before you can use it." So I format it and use BalenaEtcher again. But the same thing happens. The disk is always empty and I always get a message saying I have to format it again. I have formatted it several times, even though it was already formatted. I formatted it in FAT(default) and FAT32.

None of the solutions found by searching the web so far are working. ie., here: https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledg...rmat-the-disk-in-drive-before-you... Read more

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So every once in a while I get this tiny window with the message you see in the title of this topic. It asks me: "Do you want to format it?" with the options of "Format disk" or "cancel".
Now, this is my backup drive so I really don't want to format the disk because then all data on that drive will get deleted.
Also, when I go to "My Computer", the icon for that drive keeps disappearing and then reappearing, even after I've closed all of the popups.
Like I said, this doesn't happen every day, but on the occasion when it does it just keeps popping up again and again until I have dozens of the little popups open. And this drive has been plugged in to my computer for years now without being unplugged so it's not as if I'm introducing something to my computer that needs to be formatted. It should already be formatted!
How do I stop this stupid thing?! I rebooted my computer and so far that seems to have worked, but I would really like a permanent fix to this, or at least know why it's doing it.
 
Thank you!
~:A:~

A:"You need to format the disk in drive I: before you can use it"...HELP!

Rather than "stop" such warnings...I believe that you ought to pay closer attention to such and realize that such are indicative of a problem and prompt action may be required.  Shooting the messenger...will do nothing to prevent a negative event from happening nor will it effect a resolution of any problem.
 
1.  Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
2.  Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download.  

 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 

 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 

 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 

 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.
 
Louis

 

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Hi,

I've just recently sent my custom pc for repairing. It turns out that the mother board and P.S.U. were toasted. I can't get back my pc at least for 2 months.

I took my previous hard drive out form the pc and then bought a 3.5 SATA HDD External Enclosure (Hornettek Viper) and installed my hard drive inside there. (WD 1TB [Two partitions C: and D: ( Where all my stuff is ) ]

Let's get to the problem now,

When I insert the hdd into my friends's laptop usb port, his computer is able to detect it but it shows me an error:

You need to format the disk in drive E: Before you can use it.

Do you want to format it?

Format disc , Cancel

Is there any way I can encounter this problem? I do not want to format my hd. I've put all my files and pictures in there. Those are very important to me. It's 3 years worth of work. I did not made any back up.

Please help me if you can, I am in an urgent situation here. I've tried everything.

* I've tried inserting the hdd into ubuntu, xp, mac and it doesn't work. XP asked me to format and mac too.

Thank you very much.

I'll strongly appreciate any help given

[EDIT]
I have tried fixing my hd with mac's disk utility, and it says I am unable to fix it
* Mac is able to detect my two partitions but i still have to format before using it.
Also, ubuntu doesn't detect my hd at all

Found my PC hard drive model: Western digital Caviar Green Power 1TB 3.5" HardDisk/AdvancedFormat/7200rpm/64mb/SATA II 300

[EDIT]
Got my computer back, plu... Read more

A:You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it.

You may try some data recovery software like Recuva or EaseUs data rrecovery to recover your data. But, you must also realize that if tour PSU went out and fried your motherboard, it may have fried other components as well.

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so i just took a ton of pictures and i don't want to lose them.

i have a memory card for my digital camera and i have never had problems in the past just putting it into my laptop (with windows vista) and importing the pictures. but today when i put it in a message popped up when i tried to access the content that said "you need to format the disk in drive g before you can use it." this has never happened before. and if i go to format it a message tells me all content on the card will be erased. i don't want that. i tried putting in another memory card and the same thing happened. i tried to format that one and it said format could not be complete. so what can i do? i don't know why this is happening all of the sudden!

thank you
 

A:you need to format the disk in drive g before you can use it

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I recently put some music on my external hard drive from my old computer and I want to put it on my laptop to connect with itunes so I can put it on my Ipod. I was able to put some of the music on my laptop from the external hard drive, but I just tried to do it again this morning and the error message came up " You need to format disk drive before you can use it." I do not understand why it is saying this since I was just putting music on my laptop with this drive last night. I do not want to re-format the drive because I do not want to loose all the music that is on it. Another message came up that said:
" F:// is not accessible.
The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted. "

I do not know if this is related, but a few days ago I uninstalled this program call "Bonjour" thinking that is was an old french language program that I had downloaded, and a message came up that it was related to sharing music on my ipod. It said that in order to get it back, I had to uninstall itunes and re-install it. I have not done this because I don't know if my music will be saved since it is not saved on the computer, but on the external hard drive that is not working.
Please help me to recover my external hard drive. Thank you, Terra


 

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Hi,
This weekend a installed the windows 7 64bit over a vista 32bit. During the installation I left my Samsung S2 HD 500gb plugged in.

After the installation the windows didn’t find a mass storage controller drive and my HD appeared as Local Drive ( F: ). When I try to access it, this msg comes up: you need to format the disk in drive f before you can use it.

I tried plugging in all usb port I could find. And even the win xp 32bit showed the same msg.

I also tried the “Easy Recovery Pro”. But it didn’t worked. When a click on any of the recovery option the software doesn?t find any hard drive in my pc.

Then I tried the “GetDataBack for NTFS”. After 24 hours of scanning, it didn’t find any of my files.

Tonight, I will try the “diskdigger” and the “Recuva”. But I?m not putting too much faith on those software due some post I read here.

I really need to recover same work data.

What do you recommend?

Thanks.

A:You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it!!!

Hi,

Can you post a screen capture of Disk Management? Click the Start Orb, and in the serach box type disk management, then click on the option. Maximise the Disk Management screen and then post a screen capture of it here.

Regards,
Golden

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You need to format the disk in drive D: before you can use it.
I am using an Acer Notebook with no DVD drive so I can not use any install discs.
Windows 8 OS

I am simply plugging in one of those picture ornaments to upload pics into it and I got this. Anyone know why I would get this when I have used the same USB port before and never got this message?

Thanks
 

A:You need to format the disk in drive D: before you can use it.

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Hi
I have an ASUS U53JC running windows 7 64 bit and I have a corsair 32GB USB 3.0 USB stick and I used it yesterday to put some music on and went to a friends iMac and plugged it in and it said that it wasnt compaitable and that it had to be formatted so I cancelled it and took it out.
Today I plugged it into my ASUS and it came up with the error message
'You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it'
and I tried it on another PC and it did the same.
What can I do because I have some work that needs to be in for Monday 5th November 2012? Should I re-do it or is there a solution?

A:'You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it'- Help

Sorry to tell you this, but your USB stick is likely to be trashed. You need a tool that can find files on the stick without having to use the partition record.

I've had reasonably good luck in recovering data from USB sticks using RecoverMyFiles from Runtime Software. You can download their trial for free and at least see what it finds. You can then purchase a license online to recover the data.

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Hi all,

I'm getting the this error when trying to access my USB drive.

I've tried chkdsk on the USB drive however that did not work as it is not the same filing system. (It is RAW and has to be NTFS)

I just came back from London and it has all my pictures on it and I can't access it. Incidentally, I can access photos and videos from my camera itself however I get the above error when connecting it to my computer and on double clicking F:.

I hope I don't have to format it as I went around for over 3 hours taking pictures.

p.s. I don't believe it has anything to do with the operating system, I've tried opening the USB in Windows XP as well as Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows 2000.
 

A:USB: you need to format the disk in drive in F: before you can use it

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Every 5 minutes or so , a pop up saying "You need to format the disk in drive g before you can use it" comes up. Problem is, I have no disk in drive g, and nothing connected to my usb ports. So i have no idea what this means. Add to this that the device manager keeps refreshing and will not let me click anything. Any help?

A:Format disk in drive g pop up!

What is g: drive?

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I am getting this popup: "You need to format the disk in drive x before you can use it".

In my case it's drive H:
I have unchecked "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" in the Control Panel. I did this a week ago when I started getting these popups and it seemed to work till today when it all started up again. I just noticed that the popup is not appearing, but the drive is appearing and disappearing from my file manager (I use Q-dir).

What's up with this crapola? It's driving me crazy.

A:You need to format the disk in drive x...

Check all the cables & PSU.

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So every once in a while I get this tiny window with the message you see in the title of this topic. It asks me: "Do you want to format it?" with the options of "Format disk" or "cancel".
Now, this is my backup drive so I really don't want to format the disk because then all data on that drive will get deleted.
Also, when I go to "My Computer", the icon for that drive keeps disappearing and then reappearing, even after I've closed all of the popups.
Like I said, this doesn't happen every day, but on the occasion when it does it just keeps popping up again and again until I have dozens of the little popups open. And this drive has been plugged in to my computer for years now without being unplugged so it's not as if I'm introducing something to my computer that needs to be formatted. It should already be formatted!
How do I stop this stupid thing?! I rebooted my computer and so far that seems to have worked, but I would really like a permanent fix to this, or at least know why it's doing it.
 
Thank you!
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A:"You need to format the disk in drive I: before you can use it"...HELP!

Rather than "stop" such warnings...I believe that you ought to pay closer attention to such and realize that such are indicative of a problem and prompt action may be required.  Shooting the messenger...will do nothing to prevent a negative event from happening nor will it effect a resolution of any problem.
 
1.  Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
2.  Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download.  

 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 

 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 

 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 

 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.
 
Louis

 

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I have had this message pop up when I plug in my external hard drive. As you can imagine, I have A LOT of things backed up on this hard drive, such as: Music, pictures, documents; basically A LOT of stuff I can't get back.
I am a pretty clumsy person, and I admit it has fallen to the floor a few times, but it is usually just fine. I'm afraid its last fall may have been fatal, because now I get that message when I plug it in. I don't know what to do.
 

A:You need to format the disk in drive g: before you can use it

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I built a computer and while I was carrying out a standard restart the power supply (450w) died with a loud pop and a flash! I purchased another power supply (500w) installed it, and it worked, which was a relief because it ment that the motherboard wasn't fried. However Windows would not start, and through the BIOS I was able to determine that the computer did not detect the HDD, or the CD-RW drive that was previosly installed. Worried, I removed both drives and then installed just the HDD with a new IDE cable. Luckly, this worked, and I preceeded to install the CD-RW drive. But now the system will not boot completely and I receive an error message, but the computer now detects both drives correctly (HDD is master CD-RW is Slave) Error is as follows:
NVIDIA Boot Agent 242.0535
2001-2005 NVIDIA Corp
1997-2000 Intel Corp
[then 10 seconds later]
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent
Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

Any Help would be greatly appreciated. If you need and specific spec of my computer, don't hesitate to ask!
 

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I am not sure whether this is a hardware problem or not. A few weeks ago I installed an external hard drive (drive L. At the time A window popped up asking me whether I wanted to format the disk in drive K:. I checked and I had no drive K: While the window was open I couldn't do anything and clicking cancel had no effect. I solved the problem by booting from my recovery flash drive and restoring the computer to an earlier date. That was a couple of weeks ago and the problem has returned again. This time restoring from the recovery flash drive hasn't worked. Could this be a virus?

How can I fix this problem?
 

A:Request to format disk in drive K:

I should add that when I go into computer management/disk management drive K: is not shown and the screen freezes. As I have no trouble booting from my recovery USB flashdrive (the problem does not occur) can I assume tht it has something to do with the startup process?
 

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Every time I connect my encrypted USB HDD, the message
"You need to format the disk in drive J: before you can use it."
appears.
Windows does not know that it is encrypted, and so suggest me to format it right away. And surely I do not want that.
Is there perhaps some registry key that can be added or modified, to prevent this pop-up from appearing?

Thank you,

Jamie
 

A:How to disable: You need to format the disk in drive J: before you can use it

I should have mentioned, but in this case , I am using buffalo secure lock ware for whole disk encryption (disk appears to have no file system
, no partitions or files, only raw data). And for that reason, system cannot recognize what is on the drive. buffalo secure lock ware , currently, can only fully encrypt system partition, and create container files on external drives.
 

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Hello everyone, so today I bring you one of the stupidest things I've ever done in my history with computers.

So, me and a couple of my friends were shooting a short film on a Canon camera and I am the one who usually does the montage. So, we shot the scenes and it was time to montage the scenes and edit them, as I usually do, I connected the SD card to my memory card reader and connected it to my PC. Everything was going well, I had access to the files, pictures, videos, everything. But, the videos were a bit heavy for my computer for an instance and my computer froze and so, stupid me pulled the card reader out to fix the freeze and it actually did fix the freeze. However, when I reconnected my card reader, instead of giving me the option to open the disk and browse my files, it showed me this:
"You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it.

Do you want to format it?

[Format the disk] [Cancel]"

And of course, as I do not want to lose ALL of the things we shot on the camera, I pressed cancel. And my SD card became something called RAW.

What I've done so far: Downloaded a bunch of file recovery softwares which were no good.
Followed several guides of how to recover my files, which were also no good.
Tried the chkdsk thingy, which was also no good.

I'm desperately seeking for help right now, I really can't afford to lose over an hour of shooting scenes.
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A:You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it error

Fist guess is that you lost the files by messing the allocation tables. The disk guru is Jumanji (http://www.sevenforums.com/member.php?u=163641) Ask for his help. Did you pulled the card reader out without Safety Remove Hardware permitting? Did you tried any un format software?

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it seems a lot of people have had this problem.
i'm using 2000 pro (ntfs) and my second drive (maxtor) has just came up with this message and i don't want to lose the files from it.
do i format it then recover the files?
can i repair the problem without formatting?
i've used powermax from maxtor and everything checks out ok but still getting the same message
 

A:The disk in drive E: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now

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It's my new Sony ebook reader. It works fine on my old XP pc but not my Vista Home Premium laptop. I don't know how reformatting an actual reader would affect the device since every one at the Sony forum has only reformat their memory from the actual reader that has a reformat memory, you lose your books but all the Sony applications that runs the reader are still intact. Since I got this error, I've reformatted via the actual reader and still every time I plug my reader in my USB port, I get this error. I'm scared if I say yes that all the applications that makes the reader works will be wiped out. Here is the thread in the Sony Reader Forum of them trying to help me. I come on on #8 post as Sandyn Sony Reader Forum - Sony PRS300

Please help. If I can't plug my reader to my computer then I can't load the books.

A:Windows must format disk drive x before you can use it

can't you just save the books on your xp and reformat you ebook reader and then put it back on?

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I have two OS installed on my laptop:

1. C:/--Windows XP SP2: the previous one which got deeply infected with virus: virut 32. It boots normally but as soon I login it logsout immediately. But in hope to recover data, I didnt formatted this drive and installed another OS in D: drive.

2. D:/-- Windows XP SP2: the newer and current one. But while working in this system it shows the folders in C:/ to be empty.

Now, since the previous OS(C:/) has got harshly infected, I gave up and thought to format the C:/, but I'm unable to do it. It prompts that Windows is unable to format this drive. The previous OS has password protected account.

Please tell me how to format C:/ now.

A:Unable To Format A Disk Drive....plz Help

when you reinstalled xp all it did was alter the original boot files which are still on C drive

what does my computer show for the properties of the C drive? used space etc

if you right click on my computer and manage and go to diak management what does it show for C and D?

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So I got this disk drive in a mail advertisement that when u insert it it opens up a website but it is hidden in my computer. how would i go about formatting/finding this drive for my own use?


thanks
 

A:Format hidden disk drive

How did they put it on your computer in the first place... if it was a software install... whew!

What is the brand, model, age, and configuration of your computer... and how did you obtain this device or software?
 

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When I try to access drive D it says this "you need to format the disk in drive d before you can use it"
I dont even know whats in Drive D, my computer is new. But when i right click propterties for used space it says 0 bytes and free space 0 bytes. But it still says its full.
http://gyazo.com/22def88d1eb28923aa64fa64f0c1418b

After I press cancel

http://gyazo.com/cdb6705404ce9c0db47ee95b3567355d

Drive Space

http://gyazo.com/060a7a465978cd248a7a6e50893d995d

What should I do? Thanks.
 

A:Solved: You need to format the disk in drive d before you can use it?

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Everytime i insert a diskette into drive A, i got a message"the disk in drive A is not formatted,do you want to format it now?. I copy some files from other computer to a diskette, and copy those files to my document in my computer,it worked. After making some changes to the files in my computer, i save it back to the original diskette, but i can't access the saved data on other computer.I got the above message, then i tried it on my computer, i got the same message as well.I change the floppy disk drive, i still got the same problem.This problem occured only after i brought my computer for a virus cleaning to a computer shop, before it was alright. I am confused. Could anyone help. Thank's very much.
 

A:The disk in drive A is not formatted,do you want to format it now?.

I have had this problem also and have never found a way around it. It can mean that data is impossible to recover and is a pain. If someone out there can enlighten us that would be great.

In the past I found that floppies formatted in IBM computers could not be read in other computers, but if the floppy was formatted on a non IBM computer it could be read on the IBM one. I have no idea why this happened but would also be interested to read others comments. Although most computers no longer have floppy drives, and my laptop doesn't, I do have an external FDD which I use regularly as I find it quicker than burning CDs.
 

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I just built a new computer. I had previously built a machine that had two hard drives, but the new computer is much more compact and only has room for one internal hard drive. As a result, i purchased a USB 2.0 IDE external hard drive enclosure that runs on its own power (not bus power). When i installed the drive and started up the computer, the external hard drive was recognized, and the usual "your new hardware is installed and ready to use" message made me think all was good. however, when i try to explore the hard drive, i get the message,

"The disk in drive F has not been formatted. Format now?"

This message is confusing, because this is NOT A NEW DRIVE. it has been used many times before, and it actually served as my backup drive, containing media and other files. In the old machine, i had a Western Digital 80GB IDE drive that contained the OS and system files [this drive was the PRIMARY MASTER]. the backup drive (now the external drive on the new machine) is a Samsung 200GB IDE drive that contained no OS, only media files and other backup info [this drive was the PRIMARY SLAVE]. it was partitioned with a single partition that occupied the full capacity of the drive. there is only one IDE port on the new computer, and here is the setup:

IDE- MASTER- 80GB HDD
IDE- SLAVE- DVD/RW
external- SLAVE- 200GB HDD

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz
Memory: 2 GB DDR

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A:the disk in the drive is not formatted, format now?

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Woke up, to find out that I can't access to my second hard driver (called book I think), I was able to access it first, but when I tried to open a folder it gave me corrupt error. Decided to do restart, after restart I got this error: The disk in drive I is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
^^ Picture: http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd214/mercury1515/4-2.png

After that I started to google it, and came on to that topic: http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-34363-The-disk-in-drive-F-is-not-formatted-Do-you-want-to-format-it-now.html

Then I started trying the programs out, first I tried TestDisk. Followed the guide: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
I got stuck because Partion was not found, did deeper search and result was still same. Restarted and did it once more. Gave up on that program, and decided to try: Partition Table Doctor 3.5, once I started it It told me this:

^^ Picture: http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd214/mercury1515/5-3.png

^^ Picture: http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd214/mercury1515/6-1.png

As you can see, I was unable to use that program aswell.

Picture of Disk management: http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd214/mercury1515/Dazz.png

My question then, what I should to next? And also, if I fortmat my disk I, I will lose all my stuff from disk I?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:The disk in drive I is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?

Normally try it on another computer first. If it works well then you may copy everything and if it doesn't then the only thing will be to format the drive.
 

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Solved: You need to format the disk in drive d before you can use it?
When I try to access drive D it says this "you need to format the disk in drive d before you can use it"
I don't even know whats in Drive D, my computer is new. But when i right click properties for used space it says 0 bytes and free space 0 bytes. But it still says its full.

http://gyazo.com/22def88d1eb28923aa64fa64f0c1418b

After I press cancel

http://gyazo.com/cdb6705404ce9c0db47ee95b3567355d

Drive Space

http://gyazo.com/060a7a465978cd248a7a6e50893d995d

What should I do? Thanks.
 

A:Solve ! You need to format the disk in drive G before you can use it?

A guess is that it is another partition on your hard drive. Does your documentation say anything about a Recovery partition or anything at all about hard drive usage? What's the brand and model of the computer?

Have you connected a USB flash drive?

Maybe a screenshot of the Disk Management window will give us a clue.
 

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I have a problem that many people have reported but no-one seems to have a reliable answer so far. I plugged in my pen drive one day and got the message 'you have to format the disk in drive x: before you can use it'. The drive was plugged in when I was using Linux. When I rebooted into Windows I saw the above message. I didn't worry too much about it.

Now the same thing has happened with my external hard drive but this time it happened while I was copying data from it. I was copying all the data from the external disk to an internal disk and in the middle of the operation the copying stopped and then I got a similar message to the above. I rebooted into Linux to see if I could see my data but Linux couldn't even see the drive. I rebooted back into Windows and checked the drive using Disk Management. The condition of the drive was reported as raw.

I have come to the conclusion that I cannot trust any USB device for backing up and CDs and DVDs do not have sufficient capacity so in the future I suppose I will have to network two computers together and save my data and drive images to an internal disk drive on a networked computer. I don't think I can rely on my four external hard drives any more.
 

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