If you meet an error saying “The disk in drive X is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” when trying to access external disks, you can refer to this article for effective solutions.
Today, we will discuss a problem which often occurs when people want to access their external hard drives. The error mentions “The disk in drive X is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? ”. If you get such error message, don’t panic, you can have a look at this article which provides 7 powerful methods for you.
1 Check cables
Firstly, you ought to check whether your cables that connect between the computer and the disks are loose or damaged. Thus you can unplug the cable and insert in again to check if it is too loose to work normally. If it doesn’t work, then you can replace a cable to connect the disk to see if the error is still there.
2 Change computers
If above method is not help, then you can connect your disk to another working computer. It’s recommended that you’d better choose a computer that have connected this disk before and have worked normally. If this doesn’t make any sense either, you have to turn to next way.
3 Check hard drives（CHKDSK）
In this step, we continue to check whether the criminal is the hard disk and verify if there are any problems in the hard drive. Therefore, in this case, you should make use of an inbuilt tool named “chkdsk” to scan your disk and fix basic errors.
4 Check data drivers
If you haven’t updated the data driver for a long time, then you have to take out- of-date driver into account. In this situation, you can go to the website of the manufacture to see if there are up-to-date driver installing files for you.
5 Run anti-virus software
You must know that virus can do terrible things including destroy your hard disks, computer file system or operating system. If any of them are infected, then you will come across this error as well. Thus you should install reputed anti-virus programs at once and update it to the latest version.
6 Format the drive
When foresaid solutions are helpless, then you might attempt to format the disk to solve the problem. And before the format, if you don’t want to meet data disaster like damaged pst file, we’d like to remind that you should ensure you have data backups there which can protect data from data disasters.
7 Connect with the manufacture
If you still get the error after the format, and the product is still within warranty period, then it’s time to resort to manufacture. If the product is beyond the warranty period, then you need to find a repair shop and call in an expert to help you.
Allissa Shen is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupt mdf and word recovery software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com