What can I do if the USB drive prompts that it needs to be formatted, which results in the inaccessibility of important word documents, excel tables, pictures, videos and other files or folders?
USB prompts need to be formatted. Common situations include:
1. The usb drive cannot be recognized, such as insufficient power supply. In this case, you need to change to a different computer, especially a desktop computer with different USB ports to try to read the data. The aidfile data recovery software can recover formatted usb drive
2. The file system of the usb drive is damaged. Various lost files can be recovered through aidfile format recovery or deep scan.
3. In extreme cases, no matter if it is windows 10, windows 7, windows xp or data recovery software, you cannot directly access your usb drive. You need to really format the usb drive. However, after formatting, you can still recover various lost files through format recovery or deep scan
4: “My USB drive is saying it is not recognized and needs to be formatted. If I format it will erase all of my files. What can I do to recover my files.” (from tom’s HARDWARE)
5: “I have a USB flash drive that stopped working and got USB Flash drive is not formatted error. I’ve tried on several computers but they all remind the drive needs to be reformatted. I have not reformatted it or deleted or anything on it. It contains several files including, excel xls, pdf, jpg photos, mp4 videos and word doc files. Is it possible to fix USB Flash drive not formatted error and open USB without formatting? Please help!”
Usually, if you unplug the removable usb drive directly when you are using it, you may get USB flash drive not formatted error. And except for an abrupt removal, this error can also pop up when the file system is attacked by the virus, damaged by faulty operation or others. It can come with the different error message like ‘You need to format the disk before you can use it’, usb drive ‘Disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
Unless absolutely necessary, don’t format the USB device and find a way to fix the issue if you have important data on it. Then how can you manage it since it is impossible to open USB without formatting in this case? First, You can run CHKDSK to fix the device. If you get the error message ‘This type of file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives’, then try EaseUS data recovery to manage this job. Working well in RAW recovery, it allows you to recover data from the inaccessible USB flash drive easily and quickly.