How to Fix External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error

Summary: The system warns you with "External hard drive not formatted error, are you sure to format it now?" Do you really need to reformat the external hard drive so to get it resuable again? Professional solutions are ready here for you to restore important data fron the formatted error external hard drive with ease and fix the external hard drives from WD, Seagate, Toshiba, LaCia etc with not formatted error without any problems.

External Hard Dive Not Formatted Error Case

"Recently, I ran into a problem accessing my Seagate 160 GB External Hard Drive. Every time when I turn it on, Windows says my external hard drive is not formatted and asks me if I want to format it. It's really annoying! How can I fix this problem without losing my data?"

Before discussing how to solve external hard drive not formatted error, let's talk about why this problem pops up. Here is the explanation:
Every floppy and hard disk needs to be formatted to prepare the media for use with a particular file system. In this case, this error usually happens when your disk hasn't been prepared for use with your OS or it has been damaged and the data can no longer be read.

Here below you'll find recoomened solution to fix external hard drive not formatted error. Follow and fix external hard drive now formatted error and get all importatn data back right now.

Solutions to Fix External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error

Method 1. Retry and connected not formatted external hard drive with another computer

When encountered this error, first you can try to plug it into a different USB port or plug it into another computer. Sometimes it works.

Method 2. Resstore lost data and reformat External hard drive with not formatted error

Step 1. Restore important data from not formatted Exteranl hard drive firstly

You can try EaseUS hard drive recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard Professional to restore your data to computer firstly, ensuring data security. Only 3 steps will do and it's fully compatible with all Windows systems such as Windows 10/8/7 etc.

1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover from the external hard drive.
Then click "Next" button to move to the next step.

Choose which types of files you want to copy from the external hard drive

2. Select the external hard drive where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files.

Choose to scan the formatted hard drive to find all the data

3. After scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable files one by one and select out those you want. Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once.
Here you should save all the recovered files on another disk to avoid data overwriting.

Preview and copy data from formatted hard drive

Step 2. Reformat External hard drive with not formatted error into reusable

After getting all wanted data back from the external hard drive with not formatted error, you can reformat the hard drive into reusable again. How?

Open This PC/Computer > Right-click the external hard drive > click Format > Start > OK.
Then your external hard drive will be reusable for storing new data again.

Video Tutorial for How to Fix External Hard Disk Not Formatted Error

You will find more details about how to fix external hard disk not formatted error by following this video.

Follow the above guide step by step, you can backup all your data on the inaccessible drive. Then you can format it without the risk of losing your important data. By the way, the guide can be also applied to find and retrieve formatted data. There is another tutorial shows how to recover data from formatted memory card.

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