Buffalo external hard drive is asking to be formatted Tags: Buffalo External Hard Drive Storage Last response: December 5, 2012 10:43 AM in Storage Share Anonymous a b G Storage August 31, 2012 5:04:48 PM I have lots of information stored on my external buffalo hard drive, however when I have tried to access it today it says it needs to be formatted. Message f:\ is not accessible. The paramter incorrect It used to show up as a h:\drive, but now appears as f:\drive. I have followed threads to unplug, restart, try it on another computer, but its just the same. Please can you help? More about : buffalo external hard drive formatted ComputerJunky112 December 4, 2012 12:01:42 PM Quote:I have lots of information stored on my external buffalo hard drive, however when I have tried to access it today it says it needs to be formatted. Message f:\ is not accessible. The paramter incorrect It used to show up as a h:\drive, but now appears as f:\drive. I have followed threads to unplug, restart, try it on another computer, but its just the same. Please can you help? I HAD THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM My Buffalo 500GB (HD-PCT500U2/B-US) hard drive went down last week and was unusable (it said “reformat needed”). I’ve read numerous posts by people who simply threw away their HDD when this happened. 1. I took some advice from an IT friend at Siemens and and he had me run the following hard drive check: “You can plug it in and go to command line and the drive letter for your external followed by : and then hit enter then type ATTRIB -S -H *.* /S /D press enter” At this point, command prompt said "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)". 2. I Googled “cyclic redundancy check” and came up with the following link: http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Cyclic-Redundancy-Check-Er... 3. I followed the instructions at that url. It took several hours, but it repaired the HDD, which is now usable again. Glad I didn't throw it away. . . . ComputerJunky112 December 5, 2012 10:43:06 AM I tried and none of the free recovery programs worked because the drive was "inaccessible" due to the "cyclic reduncancy check" (CRC). The drive had to be repaired before the recovery programs could read the information. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumHow to format external 2Tb buffalo hard drive to ntfs windows 7 ForumBuffalo HD -PCT1TU3 is asking to be formattd ForumMy buffalo external hard drive wont let me open my files says it needs formattin ForumUndetected Buffalo external hard drive 1 TB ForumExternal hard drive hitich wont open and wont format ForumRecover data from formatted external hard drive ForumBuffalo External DVDRom Drive Dos drivers ForumBuffalo Hard Drive partitioning does it erase data ForumTranscend external hard drive asking to format ForumExternal Hard Disk asking to format .... ForumExternal hard drive asking to be formated ForumIs possible to format hard drive without losing files? ForumBuffalo External Hard drive doesn\'t show up under Computer. Forumconnecting to external hard drive to my home network ForumTranscend external hard drive asking to format ForumHow do I move from HDD to SSD ForumSSD system drive and SRT ForumCan we use both ide hard drive with sata at same time Forum[Solved] DVD drive interface ForumRandom harddrive freezes. Sometimes internal, sometimes external. More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !