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Formatted external hard disk require format?

Q: Formatted external hard disk require format?

I just purchased a 320gb seagate hard disk with casing X-craft cooler master a month ago. I made two partition. I already used up 60% space of the hard disk.

Now, when i plug in my external hdd, the hdd not detected. But after try plug in and out for a few times. Windows require me to format in order to use the disk drive.

i. What should i do now?
ii. is the hard disk spoilt?
iii. should i (re)format the hard disk?

NOW my laptop no longer detect my external hard disk. THE BLUE LED AND SOUND from casing is PRESENT, but nothing detected in My Computer.

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Hi everyone
I'm new here and even though i have been reading a lot of usueful threads , i couldn't solve my problem at all.

Well i have an external HDD Iomega 2Tb , that after a while stopped to work entirely.
At first i would get "corrupted data " messages on windows 7, but now i can't access any of its content, even though as soon as i connect it to my pc it DOES get recognized and has a letter assigned, but i just can't do anything on it.

I tried formatting it via windows but the proccess fails before even starting( it looks like any pc i connect it to, detect it at first(like a couple of seconds) but then its connection goes off even though its usb cable is perfect and i also tried connecting with several different cables just to be sure.

Then i used several programs, like "hard disk low level format tool" which as soon as i start the formatting process gives error strings and doesn't even start the process at all( remains stuck at 0%)

I also tried to use "Hard disk sentinel" program which gives it a status of 0% health and suggests me to back its data up. Too bad i just can't access it at all. it also states "REALLOCATED SECTORS COUNT"

I tried booting my pc with gparted and seeing if it could somehow formatting it and assign a new partition but it's like each program can access for a very short amount of time( the hdd led blinks as well) then it can't be accessed anymore and "gets lost" (its led stops b... Read more

A:External Hard disk Iomega 2 Tb recognized by pc but can't be formatted

Welcome to SF gabriel,

I would double check the connection by trying another USB port and changing the cable and let us know if that helps.

Sorry you tried different cables I see, does the drive show up in the bios? Does the drive have an alternate connection like esata or firewire you could try?

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what should i do, when i unable to format my external and when i click on xternal it appears the parameter is incorrect

A:external hard disk can not format

How does the drive appear in Disk Management? Does it appear in explorer? Is it initialized and partitioned?

Are you sure that you are trying to format the correct drive? Do not use drive letters to identify them since they can change.

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I have problem with my SATA disk. I used to connect it by USB to my hp530 (notebook) in Windows 7.
But now it needs formatting and type is not NTFS but RAW. And it has no size! I tried program TestDisk, but it writes: "the harddisk (750 GB / 698 GiB) seems too small! ((1500 GB / 1397 Gib). Check the harddisk size: HD jumpers settings, BIOS detection... and that cannot be recovered". Problem was caused probably by voltage in USB (no viruses, no new installs). I tried another computers.

This HDD is 750 GB, not 1500 (I donīt understand, why is there 1500). I donīt want help how to save data or how to format this disk. I need you help to get disk back useful and with no change in data. I hoped that testdisk will help me, but I donīt know what can I do with that "harddisk seems too small".

Can somebody help me? :-(


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I don't know what is my problem because is not the first time that usb external hard drive is working fine until get damage and said " it need to be formatted " and lost all the INFO because I have to format again the disk to be usefull. Also it is not the same hard disk.

A:Why USB external hard disk show now " The disk need to be formatted"

Hi Elnene,

I am actually having the same issue regarding a spare external drive and Windows 7. The drive works perfectly on XP and Wii but the second I plug it into my laptop (windows 7) **YOU NEED TO FORMAT......** This is not an option! I have searched the internet far and wide - there are a few fixes that have worked for some but unfortunately not me. I also noticed that NONE / NO ONE / NOT ONE Windows 7 'Help sites' that have Windows 7 'gurus' have bothered to EVER answer this rather common problem. There are threads older than 4 years that have never been answered and I see your thread is already 4 weeks old... Sad really.

I CAN'T BELIEVE MicroSoft can't help regarding this issue???????????????????

In this time I hope you have come right!!!
Kind regards
Eldin Mc

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I use Windows 7 professional 64 bit edition. Im a novice user who is doing this for the 1st time.
I intend to use Macrium Reflect Free edition to store an image of my C drive which is the only partition I have, (931 GB ( of which 537 GB is free) ) on an external HDD which is of Sony, 1TB & Fat32 formatter.

But am I supposed to format the external HDD before attempting to create an image on it? The external HDD already has nearly 400 GB contents on it, & i cant wipe it off. Does the imaging process wipe it off? Or am i expected to do it, before starting the imaging process??

& also how much space is the image going to occupy roughly??

I'd be highly thankful if someone could guide me on this.. Please..

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Ok guys.. I screwed up big time... I was about to create a bootable flash drive with a utility called HPflash and right the moment I pressed the start button I realized that the selected drive wasnt my flash drive.. but my external hard disk with 400 Gigs of Data! I dont know about you guys.. but I had tons of pictures and videos.. (my wedding video too!) And I am going nuts now.. can anyone please give me some hope and tell me I can recover all my files? Do I need to use one of the un-delete software out there? When I click on the hard disk it states that it needs to be formatted.. so apparently it hasnt.. so what happened to it? Can I undo what I did very quickly? thanks!

A:Solved: Recover external hard disk that "needs to be formatted"

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I have a Lacie 1tb external hard drive. I have a lot of media on it and suddenly in use it stopped working. I then plugged it into my computer and it said that I had to reformat the hard drive. My other hard drive which had a backup of everything dropped and stopped working. However I really need this one to work and since it can still show up on the computer I was wondering if there was a way I could save it.

A:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?


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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:

external- SLAVE- 200GB HDD

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

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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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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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Hi there. I've run in to the same problem brought up in the techspot post "topic34363"

(sorry i can't link directly, i'm too new of a member for them to allow links in posts, i suppose)

however the solutions are no longer available.

that is, i have an external 1.5T seagate harddrive that i've been using with a nexstar port to store and transfer important data for about 6 months. i had it partitioned into 3 drives. a short while ago i was trying to backup data from a laptop and half way through copying it, the computer said it could no longer find that drive. i turned the external off, on again, and it was fine for a few minutes, then the same thing. since then any time i turn it on it says "The disk in drive F is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" any time i plug it in to my current computer.

i tried a couple of the programs listed as solutions in the previous thread. Partition Table Doctor no longer exists, and Partition Magic seems to be incompatible with windows 7 (which i'm running). Partition Recovery (same people as Partition Table Doctor) didn't even see the drive at all. does anyone know other programs that might work to get this ****ing drive running long enough for me to pull my data off?

i bought seagate because i'd been told they were solid and dependable, as far as such things go. but i and my boyfriend have had 3 seagate drives die independently in the last year, and not throug... Read more

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

Try something like GetDataBack and see if it can find the data. Kinda weird you've lost so many drives in such a short time period. I've had two die in the last 10 years. In both cases I was able to get my data off before I lost them completely.

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The port of my external HDD was not working hence I changed the case. The moment I started working with the new case, the storage fell from one 1000GB to 100GB. I checked on some forums and it seems that this was due to partitioning of the HDD and I had to create a new partition for the remaining portion of 800 odd GB. Once I did the same, I got the entire 900 odd GB but I'm unable to access my data which was stored in the 800 GB partition. When i try opening that, it says the disk is not formatted. Request any of you guys who know whats wrong to help me figure it out. I really need the old data as a lot of work is stored on that

Thanks in advance

A:External HDD shows disk not formatted

Start by testing the drive with diagnostic software. Regardless of who manufactured it, you can test it with Seagate's SeaTools for Windows from here: http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

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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 all.
i have 3 or 4 2.5 inch drives laying around.
the drives are of different capacity starting from 250gb to 1tb.
there is 1 250gb ssd also in the lot.
is there such a solution which will take all the 3 to 4 drives and make them as 1 big external drive?

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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I bought a Toshiba satellite with win 8.1 about 18 months ago, then upgraded to Win 10 with no problems. About a month ago the hard drive died and Toshiba replaced it under guarantee, with Win 8.1. I tried to upgrade to Win 10 and it hangs after about five hours of downloading, updating, installing, rebooting etc. Microsoft tell me that I need new drivers from Toshiba. Does this sound reasonable?

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Hi Folks,
I am a new member to this Forum.
I ask your assistance or directions to software for recovery of data from a formatted hard drive.
I have a WD Passport 120G external storage disk and a Lexmark 512MB stick.
Well here is the problem, I was formatting the Lexmark stick and did format it, but it appears the WD was being formatted as well.
It shows no used space when I check the properties.....is all lost or is there software to recover this data.
Still hoping!!


A:Formatted External Hard Drive


this may help

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I'm not quite sure how but whilst I was formatting a usb stick with linux my external hard drive also seems to have been formatted at the same time. My computer doesn't even recognise it now as anything other than a usb pen drive with Linux on it and I can't get it to work as a hard drive again, any advice? The hard drive is a seagate 2TB external hard drive.

A:Formatted External hard drive

Format it again using linux but chose FAT32.

It is probably formatted as ext3, ext4 or some journalizing file type and windows can not see linux file systems.

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I have a problem with my home built PC. My hard disk (C) (Samsung 250GB PATA) would not load into Windows XP. I have now swapped my previous secondary disk (Maxtor 80GB) so that windows can now boot up into XP. However, when I check in "My Computer" the second disk is clearly shown as present, but when I double click on the drive icon it states "The disk in drive E is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"

I am a little perplexed as I know that the disk was formatted previously as I have been using it as my main "C" drive with loads of stuff on it and no major issues. As usual I hadn't taken a back up of the data so I don't want to reformat the disk and lose the info contained on it.

Forgive me if this has been posted before but I couldn't see it when I had a look on the previous threads.

Can anyone help me please?


A:Hard Disk Not Formatted??????

Its possible that the Master File Table has become damaged and as such the drive is seen as not formatted.
There are tools that can recover/repair a damaged MFT, one such is TestDisk

Good luck

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When I was installing Windows 7 on my Inspiron Dell, I have mistakenly formatted all my disk, including C and D (all). Then, I cannot even reach the start menu. What should I do?
I have the OS CD with me. But I juz dun know what to do next. When I try to boot the PC, it says there's something that prevent Windows from starting and it all go back to "enter your password" again and again.

A:I have formatted all my hard disk!!! Need help.

laptop or desktop ? model ?
are C and D partitions on a single drive or are they two separate hard drives. ?

if you have formatted files that you wanted to keep (pics, docs,etc.) you may want to try to recover them before any further writing to the drive occurs.

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I had 960/970GB full on it, and I accidentally overwrote it, trying to format my SD card, accidentally did my HDD..
Is there a way to 100% recover it? :\

A:Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\


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I accidently formatted my external hard drive. Now whan my PC brings me to the destop the external hard drive is not aviliable.

How do I fix it.

A:I accidently formatted my external hard drive..

try formatting the hardrive again, by anychance were u formatting it then stopped cos you relised?

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I have an external hard drive form my old computer that had an operating system on it (Windows XP to be precise) and it has data. I'm trying to retrieve the data on that drive through a USB 2.0 external hard drive case.

Windows 7 is telling me it needs to be formatted, which is nonsense. What's going on?

Thank you so much

A:External hard drive needs to be formatted? No it doesn't!

What happens if you plug it into different computer?

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I just got a new(ish) computer and I wanted to transfer the contects one of my old hard drives to the new computer. I disconnected the drive from the old and attached as a slave to the new. When I booted up, Windows recognized the hardware and the drive appeared in My Computer. But when I try to open it I get an error message saying that the disk isn't formatted.

The disk can't be too badly damaged because both the partitions are recognized and are of the correct size, etc.

Is there a way to recover the data on the drive (I don't want to keep the drive, just the data)?

It's a Seagate ST320410A with NTFS

A:Hard Disk Damaged, Says It's Not Formatted

What OS is the host computer runnig

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I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.

A:recover data from formatted external hard drive

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,


A:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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Here is the deal. My desktop crashed and needs a reinstall. It doesn't remain stable in safe mode long enough to copy all the data from C drive.

So I plan to use my laptop (Vista) to copy all the data off of desktop C drive onto another external disk using 2 external enclosures.

Put the C drive into a SATA external enclosure. All is well. Can see files, etc.

Plug in a Seagate 320GB hd in another external enclosure previously formatted under XP. Computer assigns drive letter, but when I got to explore the disk, Vista says it needs to be formatted. This disk is definitely formatted and has data on it.

Why does Vista not see this as a formatted drive? It sees the old desktop C drive just fine.

Any solutions before I reformat and lose all the data on this external?


A:Files on formatted external hard drive not appearing in Vista

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Hello there,
I had windows 10 backup on my 1TB WD external hard drive. My 1TB external hard drive was also having all my important files along with pictures and videos. I was using following the step given in this video : How to Install Windows 10 from a USB Flash Drive - YouTube.
After reboot, all my data/files/pics/videos on 1TB got deleted/formatted. When I plug in this hard drive again, it is showing only FAT 32 GB storage instead of showing 1TB. I went to manage and disk management, it is showing below info, which is showing 899.48 GB unallocated.
Can someone please help me how to get back all my deleted/formatted data/files/ics/videos ???

A:External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10

Have you tried checking your primary drive for the windows.old folder? Assuming you chose either the "Keep my files" or the"Remove Everything" options instead of the "Restore Factory Settings" entry, then all of your old files should be stored there.

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I have 3 SCSI Hard Disks... Configured in RAID 5...
now i wanted to install Windows Server 2003 on it so i booted the server from the HP Start Smart Cd and then partitioned it and then installed. But then after completing the installation successfully i came to know that i need to have backed up certain folders also that i didnt do. I used Easeus software to recover the whole partition and it recovered 246 GB of data which is useless...
There are many excel, word files that appear in different versions and then any file doesnt open..
I want some help on this...

THank You

Syed Mohammed Sirajuddin

A:What to do if the hard disk is formatted and we need to recover the data?

the best software i would recommend is Easy Recovery Professional ==>as far as i have experienced, they have the BEST

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I accidentally deleted one my hard disk drive using "mini tool partition wizard"(still remained unallocated) , and immediately i selected partition recovery wizard in that software and scanned the entire hard disk and it showed the files exactly how they are in my formatted drive looks ..when i selected finish button it saying delete at-least one existing drive ...i selected ok then it showing my c drive empty and my deleted recovered drive , i have only two drives one is boot drive another one is which i deleted ...
i undid the process of this, in software ... and waiting for ur help ... to recover the data ..

A:I accidentally formatted my hard disk drive .....

Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is an excellent tool that you might want to consider.

File and data recovery software to unformat, undelete files. Recover deleted files and recover formatted disk or corrupt drives - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Piriform's Recuva is another good data recovery utility.


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I recently formatted the c drive of my PC as it was infected with viruses my virus scanners couldn't shift. I have the original win XP DVD but the PC does not boot from it. I have no boot disk.
i cannot even get to see the bios settings - when i try to boot the pc i get the message saying to type delete to edit bios settings, but delete does not get me into bios. Has the motherboard become corrupted?
I can put the harddisk into another PC and see it as a second hard drive; however if I try to run the install files from the win xp CD on the empty hard drive I am now allowed as the other PC I put it in has a newer version of windows xp (win xp with service pack 2).

Any suggestions as to how i can put win xp back on the harddisk would be greatly appreciated.



A:Formatted hard disk - can't reinstall in xp. not sure what the problem is?

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 2:09:24 PM, on 10/14/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exeC:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\NPROTECT.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\nv... Read more

A:Formatted Hard Disk. Reinstalled Xp. Log File Is Large

Hello Bigfoot14,

Can you tell me what problems you are seeing with this computer? It will help in the diagnosis.

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errr... i don't really know how to describe this, but my computer is *really* lagging. Takes more than 20 minutes to start-up then lags like hell. Not a constant slowing, but like.. one instant it's totally normal than the next it freezes for half a minute then goes back to normal. When it freezes, the mouse can move but nothing responds. Task manager won't run when it freezes either. This is really frustrating, it takes just as long to startup in safe mode, which doesnt help much. Any help please? @[email protected]


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

um now it doesn't lag unless i use windows explorer, and... there's a pretty bad problem,
my computer has 1 hard disk, 2 partitions, C and E, windows is on C, and E is all my personal stuff.
Now, when i run my E drive from the start menu > run or just from My Computer, it says the drive isn't formatted and prompts me to format it. any idea?

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ok my sister formatted her hard drive to wipe it out and reinstall windows...ok ...now she gets an invalid system disk error ...replace disk...and blah...blah...blah...well there is no disk in computer....yes i have tried booting from a win floppy...made numerous copies tried them all...all connections are tight...she has a western digital hard drive even tried their tools...just will not do anything...help..help...help

A:formatted hard drive...invalid system disk error

If its not booting from a correctly formatted and created boot floppy, then you need to go into the BIOS and make the floppy drive higher in the boot order than the Hard Drive. Sounds like its still finding the Hard Drive, or you are not correctly formatting and creating a boot floppy with all the system files and the boot sector files.

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Someone installed a linux OS on this guy's Acer Aspire laptop, he wants me to load win7 but when I get the install windows screen, it is showing "Windows cannot be installed to this hard Disk space, Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS.
I searched the net but can't find instructions on how to do this from the win7 disk?

A:How to format Hard disk to NTFS with win7 disk?

When you get to this window install screen and select Custom Install, select Advanced disk options at the next screen. Delete all partitions and then press next. This will automatically make Windows partition and format the drive.

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Hi All-

Any insight in how to fix a drive that is giving an error of "You Need to Format the Disk Before You Can Use It"?

The HDD is a 1TB LaCie USB HDD formatted in FAT32 that I'm using on my Win7 Homer Premium (64bit) OS.

I'm using this drive using for file storage with my home photography business and it is critical that I recover data from it. I've had the drive for about 6-months and it worked great the entire time. Recently, I received an error message when I was backing everything up to a secondary drive that said certain files were not valid or that the file was not readable. When I plugged it into my Win7 PC, I got the standard "Scan & Fix Pop Up" that pops up with almost every other USB drive I plug in. Since I was getting the "invalid file" error during back-up, I thought I would try the Scan & Fix option to see if it would repair it. After the scan completed, it told me that it found a few errors and that they were fixed. I immediately tried to access my drive and that's when it started to give me the error listed in the title.

I can no longer see any files on the drive. The drive is listed as Local Disk (N in My Computer (same drive letter it had listed before). It listed properly in the the USB Removal task panel with the correct drive name. It is also listed properly under Disk drives in Device Manager. When I run the Disk Management tool in Win7 to view partition information, the disk is listed as RAW File system. T... Read more

A:External HDD Error: You Need to Format the Disk Before You Can Use It

Hi Fiziks,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

It is really unfortunate that that you have got into this problem.

I would think that your HDD is failing at a faster rate.

You should immediately clone your drive and attempt data recovery on the cloned drive.

On the cloned drive,yes you can try Partition Recovery Wizard and if it fails to recover the partition, rewrite MBR both of which try to restore the first sector (without touching any data) and can make the cloned drive readable.

If both the above repair fail, then PhotoRec, hoping that atleast some data remains uncorrupted and recoverable.

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me

A:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


A:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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I recently backed up about 500gb of recent work onto an external drive so I could clean my PC inside and out. I gave it a clean install of windows 7 and when it comes time to get my work of my external, the drive cannot be recognized and requires a reformat.

It was working perfectly fine and I surely did not format the drive into a RAW file system. I tried plugging into my laptop running win8 and still the very same issue. I plugged it into a mac running the lastest mac os 10 and I can browse all my folders and see the files but I can't move/copy or open them. But at least I know all is not lost.

I have been looking through forums and trying everything I could find, which was pretty much what I already knew to try.

Im stuck. I have no idea what's going on with this. I have tons of art work I risk losing if I can't get to these files. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A:External disk not recognized by Win7/8 and is now in RAW format!?

Hi Mconn127,

I am not an expert in this field, just my experience offered.

Firstly, DO NOT FORMAT THE DRIVE!! (As your probably well aware) If windows ask you to do this when its plugged in then ignore.
The RAW filesystem is just a filesystem that is not recognized by Windows, so it cant access the disk and
as you found out your files are still intact..PHEW!!

I had the same problem a few years back when i just unplugged the USB HDD without "Safely removing Hardware device" first, and ended up with a RAW file system!!

Firstly try plugging the external HDD into a computer running Windows XP or Vista? Give that a try first if possible
and see if you can gain access to your data? With Windows XP theres a good chance you will gain access and can back-up your data and simply reformat the drive.(fingers crossed)

Failing that to try the next part you will need to discover exaclty type of external HDD it is? Make / model / aslo is it IDE, SATA and depending on which one it is, see if you are going to be able to connect it internally to your computer?

There is another way which doesnt involve opening the enclosure, but you risk losing your data and you do so at your own risk:
? How To Fix: External Disk Drive Suddenly Became RAW

YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, IF UNSURE DO NOT ATTEMPT. (This following method also may not work)
The easiest fix for to access your drive, is to remove the drive from the enclosure and install it directly into your computer as almos... Read more

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

A:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition - http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/partition-windows-7-system.html
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] - https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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I am trying to format an external hard drive. I get an error message that it cannot be formatted because it is in use. quit any disk or utilities that are using this drive or anything displaying the contents. I'm not using or displaying. I highlighted the drive and clicked on format.

A:format external hard drive

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I have a Western Digital external 80 GIG hard drive. I recently was executing two simultaneous activities with the drive. I think I was trying to read one folder while writing another folder.

In any event, the drive stopped functioning and when I tried to open it with Explorer, it said that it was not formatted properly. I tried to format it with the XP formatting tool (Right click, format). It ran for some time and stopped saying that it could not complete the activity. I then tried to format it with NTSF and got the same response.

How can I recover the use of the drive?

A:Format external hard drive

The help you need can be found here:


More background information on using FDISK:


Good luck; let us know how this turns out.

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Can anyone help please. I have recently replaced the hard drive in my mp3 player which I connect to my PC by USB link. The problemn is that the new hard drive needs to be formatted/partitioned and because it isn't formatted it no longer appears in "My Computer" as an external drive, so I don't have access to it to format. Can anyone tell me how I can format the new hard drive via the USB link. Many thanks.

A:Format an External Hard Drive via USB

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You can attach the HDD to a free IDE connector annd power it up right from inside the case of your computer .You don't have to bolt it in place, just make sure it is sitting on some anti static membrane/bag etc, and don't bounce it around. Windows should see it and format it from My Computer.
Remeber drive letter switching using this procedure.
Or for $25 bucks grab a USB enclosure and throw it in there, plug in to the computer and Format (Best way in my opinion, I keep a spare enclosure around for times like this)

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I have an Iomega external HD, Model LDHD160 (160 GB) which was partitioned (by me) into 2 partitions with backup data in each partition. I have deleted each partition and the data therein. I now have the clean unpartitioned HD and need to format it in order to use it again for backup purposes. None of the directions I have found work as the "Format" option does not appear anywhere. Can someone tell me the proper way to format this ext. HD so I can start using it again?

A:How do I format an external hard drive?

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