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How to Fix You Need to Format the Disk before you can use it Windows

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You Need to Format the Disk before you can use it

External drive like USB is very useful when you need to copy files between computers or back up your important files like pictures, movies, files and other data. Sometimes Windows users report You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it Error while plug in USB, Memory or SD card. And Windows will not let you use the disk and access the data, till you format it. The above error occurs when you remove your external USB drive without using the Safely Remove Option which results in the USB drive Partition Table to become corrupted and unreadable.




This is a common error message in Windows caused by some hardware issues in USB drive and PC connection. Due to this error, you cannot access your data using Windows or another OS. The above error happens because when you accidentally – force – unplug (disconnect) your external USB. You have two option: Eighter format it or try repair Bad sectors and errors.

How to Fix You Need to Format the Disk in Windows

 You Need to Format the Disk before you can use it Windows Error mostly occurs If The external hard drive / USB suffers from power outage, Drive infected with virus, or There are bad sectors on the external hard drive Which cause the problem. If you are also suffering from this problem looking for solutions to fix You Need to Format the Disk before you can use it Here follow bellow steps.

Use Safety Remove and Restart windows

The above error occurs when you remove your external USB drive without using the Safely Remove Option which result in the USB drive Partition Table to become corrupted and unreadable. To avoid losing your data or corrupting the storage drive’s partition table always make sure that you use safely remove option before unplugging your drive. And in case you receive a warning message ‘This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device and then try again’, then restart your computer.
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Try different USB ports

Also check with Plug your device in another USB port mostly on Back panel of your computer and see if the problem persists. Try all USB ports that you have on your PC. If any USB port causes the problem then with differentrnt usb port this problem should be fixed.




Check For Virus Infection

Some Times due to virus malware infection you may also face the problem like You Need to Format the Disk before you can use it and the device became unresponsive. so That before perform Any other troubleshooting perform a virus malware scan is a good solution. Simply Install a latest updated Antivirus and Run a virus scan. After complete the scaning process simply Restart widnwos and re plug the usb device and check problem fixed.

Check USB Drive for Errors And Bad Sectors

Also Disk Errors and bad sectors may cause different Errors. And may this you need to format the disk before you can use it  is one of them. We recommend, Fallow bellow steps to check your disk drive for Errors nd repair them.

First Note the driver letter in the error, for example, “You need to format the disk in drive F: in drive before you can use it.” In this example the drive letter is H.
Now open the command prompt as administrator. Type bellow commnd and hit enter key to execute the command.
chkdsk (driveletter:) /r (Change drive letter with your own).
e.g. The drive letter is our example is “F:” hence the command should be chkdsk F: /r

repair corrupt drive errors

Wait untill 100% complete the scanning process. After that simply remove USB drive, Restart windows and again plugin the USB device and check this time problem solved. If not follow next step.

Use Third-party Application

If above methods failed to fix this You Need to Format the Disk Error then you can use free Third party applications like partition find and mount, Testdisk utility which help to recover your important data.




partition find and mount

Simply Download partition find and mount from given download link and run the application as administrator. After that launch, the application -> Select the Effected Drive ( for ex F Drive ) and click on Scan. Afte complete the scanning process simply Right-click on it and select mount. Select the dirve letter and click ok. Now open my computer and you willl notice the new mount drive. open this and copy data from it. Now you can format the drive.

Testdisk utility

First Download Testdisk utility to your computer by fallowing download link. After download finished, Extract All data to a specific folder. Next Now connect the unrecognized hard disk drive (HDD) on your computer. Now Open testdisk_win.exe application. Here Press Enter at the highlighted Create option. Wait until TestDisk scans your computer

Now Select the external USB hard drive and press Enter to Proceed to disk analysis. Here at next screen select the partition table type and press Enter. After disk analysis, TestDisk should display the current partition structure.
Press Enter for Quick Search.After successful recognition of your files as described above, press q to proceed to restore the partition table on your disk.

These are some best working solutions to fix You Need to Format the Disk, you need to format the disk before you can use it windows Error message. Still have any query suggestion feel free to comment bellow.

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