External HD Asking To Be Formatted when accessing one folder

February 13, 2012 at 00:57:24
Specs: Windows XP
I can access my external hardrive.
I can access all my folders accept one.
Whenever I want to access it, this error appears
"your hardrive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?
I really need help. I have more than 10 Gig of data in it. Please anyone, I need a solution.
Thanks in advance.

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#1
February 13, 2012 at 03:54:51
Hi Js, you have provided no details of your:-

desktop, laptop
external hdd (how formatted)
pc make/model
hdd make/model.
folder name and contents

In case of further problems, have you backed up your 10 gig of data?

Might be wise to (attempt) deleting the suspect folder.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#2
February 13, 2012 at 06:34:54
"I can access all my folders accept one." Is the folder on a different partition ? that is the only way I can see your problem happening.

Only if the folder is on a different partition.
Look at 'testdisk' "do a web search", you will want to get into advanced options and check the boot record.


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#3
February 13, 2012 at 17:10:54
Hi Mike,
I use a laptop and also one external hardisk. I use a usb cable to connect it to my laptop (Acer Aspire 4530)

Hi TopFarmer,
No, my external hardisk (which i connect via usb cable) is as it is. I didn't make any partition on it.

As a more detail of what happened:
I was copying some pictures from my laptop to my external hardisk (i guess it was for backing it up haha) then suddenly the laptop started to act really slow, my mouse wont move, the keyboard doesn't work and then it shut down. When I restart, I tried checking the files:-
- access external - ok
- access the specific folder - your x:\drive is not formatted, do you want to...
- tried to access other folders besides that - ok...everythings ok.. accept when I try to access my 2011 files.

Thanks again for looking this up.


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#4
February 13, 2012 at 20:02:08
right click on the folder and select properties. Does it list it as a short cut ?
compare to other good folder properties- see any differences ?


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#5
February 13, 2012 at 22:46:49
Hi TopFarmer, it does show a folder but with 0kb. Any idea how to get it back?

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#6
February 14, 2012 at 03:12:53
Hi Js,

the fact you are having problems with this one folder, suggests it is corrupt, which probably caused the failure when attempting to write to it,and subsequently when trying to read it..

If you go to the disk makers website, there is probably a utility program for testing the disk and maybe erroring any dodgy sectors.

Before running this, make sure you have all your information backed up elsewhere.

As suggested earlier, if possible first delete the suspect folder, . But this alone could be releasing a damaged part of the disk for use in the future. Which could then cause a far more serious problem.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#7
February 14, 2012 at 06:54:56
Due to the photos are important to you , if possible STOP using that computer.

Use a different comp and download a live Linux tool cd.
http://www.sysresccd.org/System-tools (there are others)
It has a good program "PhotoRec" , a file recovery tool. (I have not used)
Download the ISO file and burn to a cd at low speed.
After reading on how to use PhotoRec and linux, boot the laptop with the CD and try to recover the photos from the internal hdd.

If you can not recover the photo on the internal hdd, try the external hdd.

After photo's recovery you will want to take the advice above "Mike Newcomb" on backing up all data. Deleting the bad folder, run makers utility program,format the partition.

I never will move important data from one hdd/partition, always copy, verify copy . Also make sure it is a copy and not a short cut to the original file then delete the original file.


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#8
February 14, 2012 at 06:59:53
Hi Top,

hopefully the disk may not require formatting, if the test program flags failing sector(s) as bad such that they are not used.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#9
March 13, 2012 at 20:09:47
You may use testdisk to fix the error.

This might be disk partition or boot sector error.


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#10
March 13, 2012 at 23:57:11
l guesss you have met the problem of hard drive not formatted error.
Fortunately, we have free card recovery program. With free Recovery Software http://www.free-recovery.net , it would take you out of data loss stress and take your lost photos back just within a few clicks. Following are some main features of Photo Recovery Software.
● Recover the erased disk.
● Turning off the camera before the image is completely written to the drive
● Receiving an error message like “card not formatted”, “card not found” or “no images found”
● When upload images to computer, mistakenly judge the finish of uploading and eject the drive ahead of time.

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#11
March 14, 2012 at 19:02:27
Hello everyone, thanks for your patients, I've decided to buy a new external hardisk at the end of this month so I can save the rest of the pictures from my current external hardisk (the one with the problem). Only then will I try recovering the photos. Until then, I will test every software you guys recommend. Thanks again.

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