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

Updated on Dec 28, 2018 by Daisy to Storage Media Recovery


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 which you've accidentally formatted.
  • Click "Scan".
select the formatted hard drive and click scan

Step 2: Initiate the scan process

  • Start scanning lost data all over the hard drive.
  • Proceed with the data searching. You'll see more and more data showing up in the scan results.
scan lost data on the formatted hard drive

Step 3: Recover files to a secure location

  • After the scan, browse data in each section, especially in "Lost Partition Files". It's a highlighted feature of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for retrieving data from a formatted hard drive partition.
  • Select the data files you wish to recover.
  • Click "Recover". 

Instead of the original hard drive, choose a different location to save the recovered data.

select wanted data and click recover

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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