You may notice a prompt telling you to format the disk when you plug in an external device such as a USB flash drive or an SD cards. If you don’t know what’s in the drive or you want to keep the data, don’t format the drive just yet! In some cases, the device won’t work even when it’s formatted.
The error message will appear like the image above. Note that the drive name in the image (drive R:) may be different according to the device you are using and the partitions you have.
When you encounter this error, try these solutions first.
Try these fixes:
You may not need to try all the fixes. Simply work your way down until you find the one that does the trick.
- Try different USB ports
- Recover the disk using Windows DOS (Data won’t be lost.)
- Use a data recovery tool
- Run Antivirus software to scan your computer
- Test the device on another computer
Fix 1: Try different USB ports
One easiest potential fix is to plug your device in another USB port. You can give it a shot first and see if the problem persists. You may want to try all the USB ports on your PC, including the ones on the back panel.
If you’re still seeing the error, take a look at the next fix below.
Fix 2: Recover the disk using Windows DOS (Data won’t be lost)
You can try to recover the disk using the built-in Windows tool. This won’t affect the data in the removeable device.
1. Press Win+R (the Window logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will appear.
2. Type cmd in the run box. Then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to run Command Prompt as an administrator.
3. Type chkdsk <Your hard disk letter>: /f. Then press Enter and wait for the process to complete.
Fix 3: Use a data recovery tool
Stellar Data Recovery Professional is a powerful data recovery tool that suits all hard disk recovery needs, whether you’re a technician or an advanced Windows users. It retrieves lost or deleted data and helps you effortlessly recover data from formatted drives, deleted partitions, and RAID arrays.
- Download and install Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
- Run Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
- Select which type of data you wish to recover, or you can just select All Data. Click Next to proceed.
- Select the location where your file was in, then click Scan.
- Wait for the san to be complete, then find the file you want to recover and click Recover.
If this fix doesn’t help you, take a look at the next fix.
Fix 4: Run Antivirus software to scan your computer
Fix 5: Test the device on another computer
Plug the device to another computer. If the problem still persists, the device most probably is damaged. You might need to replace it with a new one.