Have you ever seen sentence disk is not formatted or you have to format the disk in drive before you can use it when double click the external hard disk drive icon? Let us see two examples:
You have to format the disk in drive X. do you want to format it now? Sentences above are information which prompts me that I meet an unformatted external hard disk drive. I know it, but I do not know how to deal with it. all files and folders are inaccessible in that case. Maybe I can use the portable hard disk drive normally once format the unformatted external hard disk drive. But what I concerned about now is files saved on the portable hard drive at the previous time? How can I access them again? -Mona
Do you want to format usb drive now? I am told that the usb drive is not formatted and I can not use it. What should I do? I try to open my external hard disk drive to view files stored on it at the previous time, but information above appears. I have no idea what is going on. What’s more, I have no idea how to write information saved on the external hard disk drive at the previous time, either. Is there any way for me to recover data from the unformatted external hard disk drive? -Ben
Examples of Mona and Ben tell us that we can not use the external hard disk drive when it is in not formatted error. What if the original files saved on the portable hard drive are important and crucial?
Actually, we do not need to worry about such questions too much, because it is possible for us to recover them with the help of data recovery software from the unformatted external hard disk drive. Then we can access them normally if we can restore those inaccessible files successfully.
How to recover data from the unformatted external hard disk drive
Here are the steps to restore files from the unformatted external hard disk drive with the help of data recovery software as follows:
Step1. Download and install data recovery software on the computer.
Step2. Connect the unformatted external hard disk drive to the same computer.
Step3. Open the data restoration program and then choose the recovery model and aim disk to scan.
Step4. We can preview contents in the list after the scan if they are pictures or word documents, preview them and select the needed to recover.
Step5. Select one of the computer hard disk as the location to save files to be recovered.
We can perform data recovery on unformatted external hard disk drive as steps above one by one to recover what we need from the portable hard drive which need to be formatted before we can use it.
We may not be able to preview files like videos when recover them, so we could pick up all of them at first and the delete the files not useful after recovering them completely.
Have you run into unformatted error on a memory card? Can you recover deleted files after formatting memory card when SD card shows unformatted error? Well, if you want to get back any data from unformatted memory card, you had better not format the card before data recovery. If you formatted the memory card by mistake, as long as you do not write new data to the card, you can use the software to recover files after reformatting CF card, SD, XD or memory stick.