You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it

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  1. I wish I knew about this before! I had a file on my flash drive that was important (a game) and I lost it because I had to format it! Thank You for letting me know, I won’t make that mistake again!

  2. Great Advice Anand. I have found some good utilities that will successfully recover partitions on mechanical hard drives, but I have never managed to successfully do this with a USB flash drive.

  3. First try should be to reassign a drive letter. Often the drive will be accessible again.

  4. I see this message frequently on any computer and I’ve never hit format disk. This message is incorrect. What I do is remove the USB devise and plug it in again or into a different USB connector. This has always gotten rid of that message.

  5. Try This:
    1) Remove USB
    2) Load a Linux OS
    3) Plug the USB
    4) Copy All your data from USB to HDD
    5) Shut Down Linux
    6) Turn on Windows
    7) Format the USB
    8) re-copy the data from HDD to USB

  6. hi ? if i retrieved my files from formatted disk .. the files will be back completely or not ? thanks for your concern ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hey guys, don’t run chkdsk if this is a result of hard drive damage, e.g. you dropped it. Chkdsk might further damage it. Try this, boot up into Ubuntu from a flash drive. Once logged in, plug in your hard drive & if you lucky you’d be able to access it. The error at times is as a result of windows not being able to read it in it’s format so you need to try a different OS

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