My USB drive is saying it is not recognized and needs to be formatted. If I format it, all of my files will be erased. What can I do to recover my files?
When you try to open your USB flash drive, you may have encountered error messages such as "The USB drive is not formatted", "USB drive not accessible", "USB drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?"
Facing this situation, you can't access data stored on the USB flash drive without formatting it. However, formatting the USB flash drive will make you lose the files. Is it possible to recover data from USB flash drive not formatted?
Of course it's possible. This passage will tell you the possible causes of USB flash drive not formatted error, how to solve USB flash drive not formatted error and get lost data back.
Possible causes of USB flash drive not formatted error
A not formatted USB flash drive might be healthy when you check in Disk Management, but it has no file system. This phenomenon is called RAW USB flash drive, which means your USB flash drive hasn't been prepared for use with the Operating System or it has been damaged and the data stored on it is no longer accessible.
USB flash drive not formatted error may be caused by USB file system error, bad sectors, virus attack, improper ejection, unexpected PC shutdown or other inappropriate operation.
But in general, these reasons can be divided into file system error and physical damage. This passage offers you two methods to solve USB flash drive not formatted error:
Solution 1: Recover data from the RAW USB flash drive with data recovery software.
Solution 2: Send the RAW USB flash drive to a local data recovery company for help.
When the problem is caused by file system error, data recovery software can be helpful even you have accidentally reformatted the RAW USB flash drive, so just choose Solution 1. But if the problem is caused by physical damage, data recovery software is no longer helpful, so you should choose Solution 2 to seek help from technicians.
If you are not sure the cause of your USB flash drive not formatted, just try Solution 1 to recover data by yourself and then try Solution 2 if Solution 1 failed. If you choose Solution 1, you should recover data from the RAW USB flash drive at the first step, and then format it.
How to recover data from RAW USB flash drive with data recovery software?
The best data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery can solve USB flash drive not formatted error, recover data from RAW USB flash drive, inaccessible USB flash drive, formatted USB flash drive, recover deleted files from USB flash drive, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.
Step 1: recover data from RAW USB flash drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery
1. Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer. Connect the not formatted USB flash drive to the computer.
2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, and select the not formatted USB flash drive.
3. Click "Next" to search for all the deleted, lost and existing files on the USB flash drive.
4. Preview the listed recoverable files, choose those you want, and click "Recover" button to recover data from RAW USB flash drive.
5. Have a check to ensure you have get all needed data back.
Besides to solve USB flash drive not formatted error, recover data from RAW USB flash drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from not formatted SD card, recover data from external hard drive not formatted, recover data from RAW external hard drive, recover data from RAW SD card, recover data from RAW hard drive partition, recover data from inaccessible hard drive, etc.
Step 2: Format the RAW USB flash drive
After the lost data has been successfully restored, you can format the RAW USB flash drive to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT file system, USB flash drive not formatted error will be fixed after format completes.
1. Go to My Computer, This PC or Disk Management, and right click the RAW USB flash drive to select "Format".
2. Set information about format: file system, allocation unit size, volume label, format options (the default format option is quick format).
3. Click "Start", the format operation will be completed soon.
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