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External HDD shows disk not formatted

Q: External HDD shows disk not formatted

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

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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:
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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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A:External disk : diskpart shows disk but no drive letter

What does Win8 Disk Management show for that drive? If it shows as "raw" in the list, and it won't let you assign a drive letter, it could be that the drive has failed.
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Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.
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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
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A:External HDD shows as local disk F & it cannot be accessed

You could try going into disk management and deleting F: drive, while the External HDD is unplugged, then try reconnecting - OS might have just assigned the drive incorrectly?
Also strongly recommend updating to SP2 if possible (probably not connected to this issue though).
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Are you getting any error messages??
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A:External hard drive stopped working, only shows up as Local Disk -- won't open

Hi, first I would run the Seagate diagnostics to check the hard drive is still healthy following this guide.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturers diagnostic for ISO CD. Burn the image file to a CD, boot the PC with the disc in the drive and run the diagnostics. You first need to set the CD drive to 1st in the boot order in the Bios setup.

If you do not have an image burner use this free software to make the CD.




Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum:

Western Digital:


Toshiba Fujitsu:

If you have a Toshiba hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.Click to expand...

It sounds likely that the circuitry in the drive enclosure is failing (or the drive), if the test won't run then remove the drive from the enclosure and purchase a USB Hard Drive adapter, or use the internal connections in a desktop PC to connect the drive. This should allow you to run the test and/or extract all the files.

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I suggest that while in Ubuntu you move the files to local HDD, then reformat external HDD, then copy the files back.
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Hello Kritos,

Have you checked the drive for errors? Is the drive an internal or external drive? Have you got backups of all the files on that drive?

Also, Easeus and minitool do free programs called Partition Recovery:

Free Partition Recovery Software - Recover Deleted FAT/NTFS/HFS/HFS+/HFSX/Ext2/Ext3 Partition in Windows and Mac OSX.


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Did you format your 1TB WD drive to GPT? If so it will create a 128MB reserved partition called MSR MicroSoft Reserved. See my post External HDD suddenly requires formatting, read as RAW instead of ntfs

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A:Two different External HD must be formatted?

Doing this is a NO NO on this Forum. Please read the Forum rules again.

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You might have to turn antivirus off to do this.

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Just FYI to save others grief, LOL.

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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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A:Formatted an external drive, now how do I get it back?

Quote: Originally Posted by netrate

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software: recover my files
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Post screenshot of disk management. what disk is the external HDD?
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What is the exact number of your multiple physical drives?
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A:Formatted External HD as exFat - Windows does not read drive...

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A:Disk in drive D is not formatted.

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Download DISCInfo which can check the capabilities of the drive (from the menus) and also try to update the firmware on it
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Its possible that the Master File Table has become damaged and as such the drive is seen as not formatted.
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Don't panic and wait until Jumanji takes a look at your case. Until then do this (copied from another post of Jumanji):

Install Partition Wizard free. Choose your 1TB instead of 3TB mentioned in quote.

Launch PW and post a screenshot.

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Double click on that partition/s also and show me the files.

You may then close the explorer,click on the Cancel tab to close the Window and then close PW. ( You may run Quick Scan again if needed.)

Wait for further instructions after I see the screenshot.

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A:The Disk In Drive D Is Not Formatted...

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I will attach a Screen shot in a sec.

A:[SOLVED] Disk is not formatted


Originally Posted by nonamedsomebody

I have a dell latitude c510/c610. The dvd rom drive worked previously then the laptop was reformatted and now I Get the error: Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with windows. It will not read Cd's at all just give that error. It will however read dvds. I copied xp to a dvd and reformatted. It did not boot to cd at all. After the reformat it still throws up that error. The OS is xp pro sp3. Previous install before the reformat was sp2. I have not installed any dell drivers it has just been reformatted.

Event viewer says The Device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block.

any suggestions would be great. I am leaning toward a bad ide controller or bad drive all together.

I will attach a Screen shot in a sec.

drivers there is not chipset drivers for this laptop
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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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@RO10? To better help you we would need the exact model number or product number of your laptop/desktop??? REO
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A:The disk in drive A is not formatted,do you want to format it now?.

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You formatted the HDD.
But did you have an activated Windows OS before formatting?
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