"You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it" Error Tags: Western Digital Format Storage External Hard Drive Error Message Last response: January 22, 2014 6:16 AM in Storage Share AHWagner January 21, 2014 5:57:03 PM I have a Western Digital external hard drive that will connect, but then give me this error message: "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it" with the option to "Format" or "Cancel". A few seconds after the error message pops up, the external hard drive then disconnects and the cycle repeats. No matter if I press "Format" or "Cancel" or press neither, the cycle will continue. How do I get it so that the external hard drive will stay connected to my computer? 64-Bit Windows 7 Western Digital WD5000H1U-00 Thank you More about : format disk drive error Reply to AHWagner hang-the-9 a c 103 G Storage January 22, 2014 6:16:12 AM Try a different port and a different USB cable. You may need to get a new enclosure for the hard drive. Reply to hang-the-9 m 0 l Ask the community Post an answer Related resources Error: You need to format the disk in drive e: before you can use it. Forum SolvedIt says I need to format disk in drive _ before I can use it. How do I get my data back? solution SolvedYou need to format disk drive before you use it solution SolvedYou need to format the disk in drive (?: ) before you can use it? Forum SolvedYou need to format disk drive before using solution You need to format the disk drive before you can use it Forum You need to format disk drive before you can use it Forum You need to format the disk drive before you can use it Forum SolvedNeed to format the disk before you can use it! solution windows 7, connected old XP hard drive disk, and get 'you must format disk before you can use it.' solution Format Disk Before you can use it!! solution SolvedHard drive asking for format before use solution Error message; Drive must be formated before it can be used Forum Why do you need to partition your hard disk drive befor you use it and not your Forum SolvedWindows 7 Installation Disk won't use/format hard drive Forum SolvedFormat PC using another disk drive solution How can i recover my files in WD external drive disk when it says reformat it before you can use it solution Does Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-D3H need updating before use? solution My Eee pc used to open external memories with the adapter on drive F:, now i t reads must be formatted, but it won't format? solution cannot format usb disk drive because of I/O device error solution More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !