9 Ways To Fix You Need To Format The Disk Before You Can Use It

You Need To Format The Disk Before You Can Use It

Read the Full article carefully, I’m going to share 9 methods to format the Drive and also a way to get back up of the Data inside it.

To fix all the problems, we have to follow these Methods:

1. Remove Bad Sector

Steps:

  1. Firstly you have to connect your pen drive to check the error.
  2. Now go to the window search box and type cmd open it as an Administrator.
  3. In this method, you have to type Command chkdsk space and type your drive letter then type: /R ( R is for checking bad sector in the drive) and then press enter. ex chkdsk E: /R
chkdsk

2. Error Checking

  1. Firstly you have to connect your pen drive to check the error.
  2. Now go to the window search box and type cmd open it as an Administrator.
  3. In this method, You Have to type Command chkdsk space and type your drive letter in my case it is E then add: and then/F (F is for check error in the drive) and then press enter.
chkdsk f

3. Updating Driver

Updating drivers with driver booster

After trying these methods, check once your sd card or pen drive. I hope the problem will be solved. Will not.

Then You should try the next method. For this method, we know that sometimes our driver will be outdated and it’s terrible for our drive, so you have to update your driver by using my recommended software.

After installing software, you have to open it and scan the drive of the computer, and after completing the scan, it shows the outdated drive and recommends updating it.

Main-interface-of-driver-booster

Now you can directly update all of this drive using this software. Now I hope your problem was solved. It will be fixed by using this software.

Update drive without using Software

Now in this method, I’m going to tell you How to update your drive without using any. Software This is the easiest method for knowing that you have to follow some most natural steps which are given below:

  1. Firstly go to the device manager and click right on it.
device manager

2. Now you have to find a Universal Serial Bus Controllers. And click on it.

device manager

3. Now you can see a USB mass storage device. You have to update it.

updating driver of sandisk

4. It will be done by using software or without software.

4. Change Drive Letter

This is the last method I’m going to tell you. How to change a drive letter? It can also solve your problem without using any software.

To get this trick you have to read carefully these steps which are given below:

  1. Just click on the windows key and search for the disk management option or create and format hard disk partitons
create and format

2. Now select your drive letter and path of drive.

disk management

3. Change your drive letter

change drive letter

4. Now select other drive letter

changing drive letter

Now I hope your problem has been solved by using these tricks if the problem is not fixed after using this all method so please comment on me on an inbox and I will tell you how to fix it.

So guys sometimes we don’t lose our data in this same problem How to solve the issue of formatting drive without losing data? It’s an sd card or pen drive format problem Now I’m going to tell you about that So you have to read carefully the article which is given below.

5. Fix Without Formatting

So guys in my upper article I share five methods to solve problems which occur when we connect our sd card or pen drive to a computer “you need to format the disk before you can use it”  So if you get this error message, must read the full article to solve this problem without losing your data.

So read carefully this article to get the solution. I’m going to tell you a trick to fix this problem. So without wasting time let’s start.

In this trick firstly we will recover all the partitions of the targeted memory card or pen drive by scanning, then we will copy all the data into the computer and format the disk.

After all, we will return all data from the computer into the pen drive or sd card by doing this, that error will be fixed and you will not lose your data. “You need to format your disk before you can use it” error will be fixed.

Find and mount Method

Steps:

find and mount
  1. Firstly, you need to connect your targeted sd card or pen drive to your computer.
  2. Now you have to download find and mount software.
  3. Now simply open the Software and select and click right choose “Scan”. Here you get three options: Intellectual Scan, Normal Scan, and Throughout Scan.
select method of scan

4. Now if you want to recover all files then you have to select Throughout Scan.

5. Let it completely up to 100%. After formatting, you will get a partition.

6. Now select Mount as this partition and select any letter from these and click “OK”.

partition found

7. Finally, all files appear Here and after selecting files copy all data and paste it at the desired location of your computer. 

8. Now format your sd card or pen drive. And now you are able to return all the data.

6. Scan & Repair

This step is a quite basic one but at times this can also do the job which will save you a lot of time and effort so head on!

Steps:

  1. Open “This PC”
  2. Look for the corrupted or the damaged drive
  3. Right click on it
  4. Click on “properties”
  5. Go on to “tools”
  6. Click on “check” button
  7. Click on “scan and repair drives”
  8. After the scanning is done 
  9. You are done

If this step didn’t work for you then head on to the next one.

7. CHKDSK Command

There are times when the SD card encounters some bad sectors issue, for which it can’t be detected in the system or any device and eventually it can be fixed in the computer system through CMD.

Steps:

  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Click on windows search bar
  3. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  4. Right click on it and Run it as administrator
  5. Type “CHKDSK (allocateddrive-letter):/f” and enter
  6. Then it will start repairing the device
  7. Then type “CHKDSK (allocateddrive-letter):/r” and enter
  8. Then it will start repairing the device
  9. And done

8. Formatting the Drive

So, in this method I will be using a 3rd party software to format the drive because some-times system fails to format the external drive thoroughly and a specific tool does the job with perfection.

To download EaseUs, You can click here.

Steps:

easeus-partition-master
  1. Once you have downloaded the tool
  2. Open it
  3. Now you will see a window which shows all the drives
  4. Look for the external drive which you have to format 
  5. Right click on it
  6. See for the “format” option and click on it
  7. Modify the “format partition” if you wish to(I would recommend you to do nothing)
  8. Now click on “ok”
  9. And you are done

9. Recover Data

Well, there is no way to recover data from the damaged external device unless you use a 3rd party software and I would surely recommend you to use one if the data in the external device is essential to you.

Using RECUVA you can take back-up of all the data in the SD card and format the SD card to use it further.

You can also use RECOVERIT which is an advanced and paid tool to recover data with more accuracy.

Steps:

  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Now, after installing the tool open it
  3. Press “Next”
  4. Select “All files” in the “file types”
  5. Click “Next”
  6. Select the drive or the SD card
  7. Check box on the “Deep Scan”
  8. Click on “Start”
  9. Now it will start scanning
  10. Then, select all files or the files which you want to recover
  11. Click on “Recover”
  12. Now allocate where the back-up file you want to store
  13. Once you have selected the location click “Ok”
  14. And you are done

You need to format the disk before you can use it FAQs

How can I fix you need to format the disk before you can use it?

To fix this problem you can try this solution
1.Changing drive letter
2.Update outdated mass storage drivers
3. Use find and mount software
4.Error check on your disk
5. Use chkdsk command

How to fix error “you need to format the disk in drive”?

To fix this problem you have to take the help of Command form. Open command form and type “chkdsk G:/f and hit enter. (change g with your drive letter)
Now, wait for the process to finish. It starts checking and repairing disk error and damaged files of the external storage devices.

Conclusion

Many of the users face this problem so, these were the ways to fix this issue. I hope your problem you need to format the disk before you can use it was fixed if not then do let me know in the comment section.

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Shreyash Pradhan
Member of Team TJ and a potential geek!

7 Comments

  1. Can you suggest a free software to restore files..EaseUs works for me, but i am able to only preview the files in the trial version…to recover, it needs upgrading..recuva is not working for me..Could you please help me to find a free & safe software and also share the download links..It would be of a great help

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