Recover Data from External Hard Drive Asking for Formatting
When you see warnings like “The disk in drive F: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” or “This volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted”, you should know that there might be something wrong with the hard drive partitions. One of the most common reason is that the hard drives have been forced to disconnect from host computers while still working. This can happen in many ways such as a power failure, repeated disconnection caused by bad quality USB cable and unstable voltages. Damage to the partition table or file system structure may cause the computer unable to recognize the file system. As a result, the whole drive may seem to the computer a sea of meaningless data, with no markings of which file starts and ends where on the platter.
For this problem, the first thing that we should do is to check if the hard drive is damaged. You can use Command Prompt to check: click Start, type CMD, then enter into the cmd windows. Type chkdsk, click on Enter. Press Enter key and it will start repairing damaged files and you will see some of your filenames before it finally asks if you want to save lost chains into another location. Click “Yes” just in case. Wait for the repairing process to complete. If you receive the following message: the type of the file system is RAW, CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives, is there anything we can do to recover the lost data?
Recovering data from your busted external hard drive seems like an almost impossible task. But if you have H Data Recovery, it is as easy as just a few clicks. H Data Recovery is a program that will help you recover lost, formatted, deleted or corrupted files from your hard drive in very easy steps. What’s even more exciting is that it can help you recover all file types with this software including videos, music, documents and audio files.
Step 1: To recover files from the external hard drives asking to format, the first step is to download and install the program on your computer. You can download the H Data Recovery for free and take a free trial version for your evaluation purpose. This is the window you should see once you run H Data Recovery.
Step 2: Select the partition recovery mode. You need to scan your external hard drive. To do this ensure that your external hard drive and then select it and click “Next” to scan it.
Step 3: After scanning all the files that have been found will be displayed in the result window. You can decide the ones you want to recover and then mark them. Click on recover to start the external hard drive recovery process.
It is easy to recover data from formatted external devices, with the help of H Data Recovery software. The software can easily retrieve all lost or inaccessible data from formatted or corrupted Windows hard disk and Windows FAT/NTFS partitions. The software also supports to recover data from various external devices like IDE, EIDE, SCSI, SATA, PAN, ZIP, and USB drives.