How can I recover files from my USB pen drive that insists it must be formatted?

Suresh Kumar S April 30, 2012

My pendrive on connecting to my computer prompts ‘the disk in the drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?’.

I have some important files in my pen drive so, I dont want to format it. How could I open my pen drive without formatting it.

I have used recovery softwares to recover files and succeed to recover all of my files in my earlier normal formatting.

But I have heard that it is not possible to recover files by this type of formatting. Is it true? If so, what’s an alterantive?

  1. Augustus Miantona
    October 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    How can I recover files from my USB, or disk drive without formatting it so that I won't loose my documents.I really need help in getting my documents and files out before it gets damaged or formatted from the disk drive.

  2. sureshkumar.s
    May 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I used easy recovery professional and recover my files partially, some files are corrupted and could not recovered.

  3. Tim Lewallen
    May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Try a Mac OS based computer. Sometimes we get drives that won't mount on our Windows computers but a Mac can mount it and at least copy the files to a CD.

  4. Patrick Anthony
    May 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

    A few weeks ago the same thing happend to me, I almost had a heart attack. I have a 1GB USB External HD that I stores all my music movies and installations and after formatting my desktops internal HD and reinstalling OS (win7 and ubuntu 11.04) when I clicked on the HD in win7 it asked me to please format drive before using..... omfg my heart sank my palms got sweaty i felt despair and rage and all sorts of other emotions all at once... I shutdown my desktop and unplugged and plugged it back in restarted again and ta-da. It worked. I don't know how this will help you but its what happend to me and how I corrected it.

  5. Garey Boone
    May 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Hmmm...I'm not sure on this one but maybe get a copy of Hiren's Boot CD and see if you have any luck with the recovery tools on it.

  6. ha14
    May 1, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Have you tried your USB key on different computer to see if it can be correctly recognized and files can be recovered?

    ā€œtestdisk and photorec. to recover files without format

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