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How to Fix External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error

2016-08-15 13:53:43 Posted by Daisy to Storage Media Recovery

Summary:
This tutorial article mainly tells how to restore data when external hard drive become not formatted. You should first restore lost data with professional hard drive recovery software and then format the external hard drive from raw to ntfs (reusable) again. It also can applied for fix not formatted error on sata hard drive, memory card, hard drive 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.

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

This video tutorial offers you a straightforward way to fix external hard drive not formatted error. Follow the video and fix external hard drive with not formatted error and get all importatn data back now with professional hard drive recovery software.

If you prefer detail step-by-step guidance to fix the external hard drive not formatted error, you may also choose to follow below two solutions: reconnect to read external hard drive to other PC or restore data with hard drive recovery software and format external hard drive from raw to ntfs. Follow the detail solutions to fix this error now.

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.

  • Connect external hard drive to another PC;
  • Right-click on Compuer/This PC > Check whether this external hard drive shows up or not.

If it shows up with data, you can try to open it and get all data;

If nothing shows up in the external hard drive, you may follow method 2 to fix this hard drive not formatted error then.

Method 2. Resstore data with hard drive recovery software and reformat external hard drive from raw to ntfs

In this method, you need 2 steps to fix the external hard drive not formatted error. And it also applies to hard drive, sata hard drive and memory card not formatted error too. Let's see the exact steps and get problems solved now:

Step 1. Apply hard drive recovery software to restore 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. 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. 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.