How to Recover and Rescue Data When Disk is in Not Formatted Error

Daisy updated on Aug 12, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles

Summary

Data recovery software recovers and rescues your data from raw hard drive disk safely whenever you suffer RAW disk/drive problem - "hard drive/disk is not formatted. Do you want to format now?"

What do you do when receive disk not formatted error

"Disk/drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it?" if you are a computer user, it will never rare for you to be in such predicament for some reasons. Say, a virus attacks your PC, or just a power failure happens, which all may cause such problem. The direct result is that you cannot access the drive, and once you click "yes" to format the disk, all your precious data will be formatted and lost. So the wisest choice for you is to leave the disk alone and choose data recovery software, like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, to recover and rescue data from the RAW disk first.

What is raw hard disk - Disk/drive is not formatted. Do you want to format now

A forum post gives us the real scenario: "I am using Windows XP professional, but my problem is when I save a file (either an Excel or Word) through the floppy disk and open or copy this to another PC (with WinXP OS) it always displays a message as 'Disk is not Formatted. Do you want to format it?' Yes or No? I've tried to take ownership over the drive but the option is unavailable because the system files shown as RAW. Is this a sign or Virus?"

Here is the explanation: the disk you are trying to access either hasn't been prepared for use with your OS, or it has been damaged and the data can no longer be read. Every floppy and hard disk needs to be formatted to prepare the media for use with a particular file system.

Rescue data first when the system showing disk is not formatted

Anyway, if you choose to format the raw disk, the problem will be done, while the data stored on the raw disk will be gone as well. At the thought of loss of those precious personal or business files, memorable photos, etc. you are sure to feel panic. So for this situation, it is the data recovery from the raw drive/disk first that always is of much importance. Reliable and professional data recovery software, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, will recover your data safely when "Disk not Formatted" pops up.

How to recover files when "disk/drive is not formatted"

Even though you know little about computer, data recovery from raw drive showing "Disk/Drive is not formatted. Do you want to format now?" is still possible, because EaseUS data recovery software, specializing in data recovery from every possible reason, will recover your lost data from raw disk/drive, deletion, formatted disk, system crash, power failure, etc.

Before we go to the step-by-step instructions of recovering data from raw hard disk showing "Disk/Drive is not formatted. Do you want to format now?" your hands-on experience will be much helpful for your data recovery. Therefore, the free trial version is available here, why not download it now and follow me?

Step 1. Choose the partition.

Launch EaseUS formatted data recovery software after the installation. Choose the hard drive partition which you've accidentally formatted. Click "Scan".

select a partition and click scan

Step 2. Select wanted files.

After the scanning process, you can click "Filter" to filter a specific file type to quickly find wanted files.

select files

Step 3. Recover files to a secure location.

Select the data files you wish to recover. Click "Recover". Choose a location to store the files and click "OK".

recover files

Through those steps above, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will enable you to recover your data efficiently when Disk/Drive is not formatted pops up.

Anyway, as a joke says "Millions of years ago a meteor crashed into earth and destroyed all dinosaur life." So back up your work. You never know when it might hit next!"

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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