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The disk in drive J is not formatted... Do you want to format now?

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February 27, 2011 1:29:02 AM

Hello,i have an external Samsung hard disk drive.
i had made it into 4 partition.
12GB, 30GB, 117GB, 214GB.

i had a problem before with my 214GB partition. It display the warning error to format the partition.
but it's in the RAW format.
i manage to fix it using the EASEUS Partition Recovery with a single click.

But now i have a problem with my 117GB partition. At 'My Computer' it still shows the properties (comparing to the RAW file which only shows the drive letter). When i try to access the partition, it display warning message "The disk in drive J is not formatted... Do you want to format now?". I try using the EASEUS Partition Recovery but it seems that the problem was not being solved at all. I also try using several software like the PCi Recovery, TrueCrypt. But i doubt the recovery being done because i don't know how to use that software.

Anyone please help me if you know how to solve my problem.
I really need to fix the partition without need to format it because all the important file are in there. And i'm afraid if i format it, i won't get back all the data.

Please help. :( 
a b G Storage
February 27, 2011 7:02:46 AM

Any bad sectors?
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a b G Storage
February 27, 2011 7:07:34 AM

What was the 1st problem? Check the log file... U may not fix it w/out reformatting .
The problem could corrupt your data .
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February 27, 2011 9:37:08 AM

The dreaded "Drive not formatted. Do you want to format now?" error message generally indicates a corrupted partition, deleted partition or damaged partition. This can occur for many different reasons including a computer virus, hard drive problem, power surge, or problems with the operating system. If you receive this type of error message, it is important that you act carefully to keep your important data intact. It is important that you: 1) do NOT say "yes" to format the drive; 2) do NOT attempt to repartition the hard drive; and 3) do NOT attempt any "do it yourself" data recovery techniques including reloading the operating system. This can damage any data on the hard drive permanently.

See resource and solutions:

http://www.icare-recovery.com/howto/the-drive-is-not-fo...
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Misc/Q_20762156...
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February 27, 2011 7:02:58 PM

And sometimes it is just windoze screwing up, if you have and are still using XP, then just disconnect your external hdd and reinstall windoze over the existing install, I have had the same problem recently and my answer was Norton Ghost from a previously created image,, problem solved, also try your external hdd in another computer, just to see what is what..:) 
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a b G Storage
February 27, 2011 7:29:08 PM

Try this utility to find your parition? http://findandmount.com/

Download Samsungs diagnostic software to check the condition of the drive.
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February 28, 2011 8:16:46 AM

Hi,
The best thing to do, if possible, would be to connect the drive to another computer as the secondary drive (or "slave" hard drive) so that you can install Recover My Files on that computer and then use it to run a Complete Search for deleted files on the problem hard drive.
I suggest that you use the demo version first as it will allow you to preview your deleted files. If you can preview the deleted files then you can register the program and save them. Having the two hard disks set up like this will also allow you to easily save the deleted files to the other disk.
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a b G Storage
February 28, 2011 8:12:46 PM

Whenever you plug formatted drive and saw a health RAW partition.

DO NOT FORMAT it, just right click at the Healthy RAW in Disk Management
Select Change Drive Letter and Path
Add a new Drive letter - Confirm then you are good to go

Hope this help!


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March 6, 2011 7:44:47 AM

dokk2 said:
And sometimes it is just windoze screwing up, if you have and are still using XP, then just disconnect your external hdd and reinstall windoze over the existing install, I have had the same problem recently and my answer was Norton Ghost from a previously created image,, problem solved, also try your external hdd in another computer, just to see what is what..:) 


i'm using windows 7 and don't have xp.
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March 6, 2011 7:48:31 AM

nikorr said:
What was the 1st problem? Check the log file... U may not fix it w/out reformatting .
The problem could corrupt your data .


i dont know what's the problem and what the cause. when i plugged in the hdd, it just happens. :( 
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March 6, 2011 8:04:04 AM

FireWire2 said:
Whenever you plug formatted drive and saw a health RAW partition.

DO NOT FORMAT it, just right click at the Healthy RAW in Disk Management
Select Change Drive Letter and Path
Add a new Drive letter - Confirm then you are good to go

Hope this help!


do you mean that i should format the drive first before changing the drive letter and path?
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a b G Storage
March 6, 2011 10:53:39 PM

In your case, it's too late....

What you'd had done is assigned a drive letter when you saw the drive as a RAW volume
and you should be good to go, but seen you overwrite the MBR with EASEUS Partition Recovery

You may need a to use this http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

It's free
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January 27, 2012 1:41:55 PM

I get this problem (drive x is not formatted do you want to format it now?) on one of my two drives after resuming from standby in Windows XP. After a regular restart the problem drive is accessible again. Anyone know why this would be happening when using standby?
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October 1, 2013 12:21:01 AM

@mustuser23shaker
its aint about data recovery.its about new kind of error.
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October 31, 2013 8:56:46 AM

There are many reasons which may cause the not formatted error, you may take a look at this article to understand more: not formatted error and solution

The article is about memory card not formatted error, but same thing applies to hard drive.

Some suggestion work around, you may try anti-virus program to make sure that the hard drive is virus clean, here's some anti-virus software
http://www.avg.com
http://www.mcafee.com
http://www.norton.com


If the hard drive is not assigned drive letter, you may try device manager,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_letter_assignment
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