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Usb Asks To Be Formatted

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#1 avepetra


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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:50 PM

Why is my usb drive suddenly saying that it is not formatted? I have saved many files before with no problem and now it suddenly won't let me open anything without telling me to format first. If I do format, will it erase everything on it? Is there anything I can do? I have all of my homework and job-related information on it. Please help me, some nice person, please!

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#2 franktiii


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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:07 PM

The request to format the drive probably indicates a problem with your usb device. Hopefully something on the drive is corrupted, but it may also indicate a physical problem.

Do you have your data backed up somewhere? That is always a good idea and If you do try to format the drive and see if the computer recognizes the drive. This will cost you any data you have on your device.

If you need to try and recover files off the device, I would suggest going to the manufacturers website and see if they have any device. They may also have specific information on formatting drive. Some manufacturers suggest not formating usb drives using Windows standards.

Good luck.

#3 Enthusiast


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Posted 14 February 2006 - 04:14 PM

I would try pluging the usb drive into another computer first.

Reformating it destroys all data on the drive.

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