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 My buffalo hard drive keeps asking for it to be formatted Forum SolvedHow to format external 2Tb buffalo hard drive to ntfs windows 7 Forum SolvedDropped 1TB seagate external hard drive. Now it is asking me to format. Help! Forum Windows 8 and external hard drive asking to format Forum External Hard Drive with data not mounting and asking to format. Failed chkdsk on CMD halfway-progress!! Forum Transcend external hard drive asking to format Forum External hard drive asking to be formated Forum External Hard drive asking to format Forum Transcend external hard drive asking to format Forum Computer asking to format WD external Hard drive Forum SolvedPlease help :( my buffalo external hard drive can't be recognised on my Macbook. Forum Solvedbuffalo external hard drive will not power on Forum Solvedbuffalo external hard drive will not power on Forum SolvedBuffalo External Hard drive: Can it be used internally? Forum How to retrieve data from external hard drive Buffalo Mini Station 3.0 Forum Dead Buffalo External Hard Drive - Need Recovery Advice Forum SolvedBacking up from a Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive Forum BUFFALO External hard drive work with my laptop and not work with my desktop. Forum External Buffalo Hard Drive uninitialized Forum Can't access my Buffalo Drive Station External USB 2.0 Hard drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !