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External hard drive says disc is not formatted, do you want to format now?

This is the most horrible thing, I have old movies, all types of music, pictures, and for some reason, when I go into the drive, I get a message saying disc is not formatted. What do I do? I have noooooo computer literacy so if you can give it to me in simple kindergarten terms...that would be great!!! :)

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SOURCE: 80 GB external drive failed

Have you tried the windows troubleshooter on the drive yet? (from properties select the hardware tab and the troubleshooter is there). if no luck, but the troubleshooter gives you some info, please let us know. Also see if windows will let you defragment the drive. Run a virus check on the drive if you haven't recently and it lets you. If you have access to another computer, check the drive on that to see if you get anything different. (the OS version of the other machine shouldn't matter) If you open the unit up and remove the actual hard drive, then install it as an internal drive on a PC, you will bypass any possibility of the external drive extra bits being the problem. Run a disk diagnostics utility on the drive, if you need one, try (there are many more also); or use the built in windows one "chkdsk" which you can find in the folder C:\WINDOWS\system32. Just double click on the chkdsk.exe icon. If none of this gets you anywhere, chances are the drive has developed a fault in the location where the File allocation table is stored (this is usually the part most accessed). Formatting the drive again will probably solve this by saving the FAT elsewhere, but you would lose your data. For valuable data, there are data recovery companies that usually charge a fortune, but ask if you need this and we can try and source one near you for a quote. Ask again if you need more help or have more info from trying stuff out Hope this helps :)

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Posted on Jul 21, 2009

SOURCE: 200 GB Seagate External Drive, Drive Not Formatted

Sometimes this kind of problem happens with internal hard disks and other removable medias like pen drive too. Your external hard disk's partition table got corrupted and that's why your system prompts you to format it. Don't ever attempt to format it as thinks will get more complicated to recover the files back from your external drive. You can recover the files from your disk using any ofo the data recovery softwares. Download any of the data recovery software from and run it. Before that learn the software user guide to know about how to use it to recover the files. Usually scanning process to recover files in such softwares will take long time. Let the software to run and at last it may show you the list of all recovered files. safely transfer them to any other external drives/ pen drives. Dont attempt to store the recovered files to the same external drive as it may replace the existing data and makes it not possible to recover files strored on to that particualr location. Be careful in the whole process. and use any of the good reputed recovery softwares. All the best
I hope this is helpful to you

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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Says 4gb not 250gb.

It sounds like your OS (windows XP+, I presume, as it's NTFS) is reading the wrong partition information from the hard disk.

Use this (free) partition software to delete all partitions on the external drive (and make VERY sure that it's pointing at the external, and not your main hard disk!). delete all partitions; make a new one and see if that is 250 GB.
If yes, format.  Sorted.
If no, you could try editing the partition table directly with this:'ll again have to be careful you're working on the right hard disk.  To use this, you'll need to know the number of heads, cylinders etc.  This data might be on a label on the disk (inside the external drive case), or you might be able to get it from the disk's manufacturer; either on their website or by emailing their tech support.

If editing the partition table doesn't work, or if the numbers keep reverting/changing, then it's highly likely that the hard disk is stuffed.  Only thing to do then is replace the hard disk in the external case (make sure you swap for the same type: IDE for IDE and SATA for SATA); or explore your warranty options.

Hope that helped.  Good luck!

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I hope that the information below may be of use to you

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A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)

3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.

4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.

5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port

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Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further

USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason.
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USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care.
This is a real hard drive ! and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.

Sometimes it is possible to remove the drive from the case and install it direct into a computer to double check that the drive is OK
This depends on the interface eg SATA or IDE

If the drive is clicking / pinging then this is the worst noise you could hear from a hard drive as it is usually the "Click of death"

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Yes it is possible to erase everything on any type of the drive and start from scratch. You can do this by formatting the drive make sure you do NTFS format.
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