External hard drive not formatted, how to fix and recover data from unformatted external hard drive?

Posted by Admin to RAW Drive Recovery on March 10th, 2016

I have a 1TB external hard drive, when I plugged it into my computer and it's showing that external hard drive not formatted, do you want to format it now.

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When I tried chkdsk on this external hard drive and it is not worked, I got error message: The type of the file system is RAW, Chkdsk is not available for RAW external hard drive. Ho to fix external hard drive not formatted error or recover data from unformatted external hard drive? I just want to get my data back, please help!

The file system of external hard drive has been corrupted, so you got the messsage "External hard drive not formatted" when accessing it in Windows explorer. The Disk Management window shows the external hard drive as either RAW file system or without file system type.

So in this situation, you cannot access external hard drive without third-party recovery software. M3 Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software which can easily fix external hard drive not formatted error and recover data from unformatted external hard drive under Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

M3 Data Recovery provides two ways: RAW Drive Recovery and Data Recovery to solve external hard drive not formnatted error. Before solving external hard drive not formnatted error, the important thing you need to remember is: Please don't format external hard drive when Windows prompts "External hard drive not formatted error", otherwise, you will lose the data forever.

Solution 1: Fix external hard drive not formatted error

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Data Recovery software.

Step 2: Select RAW Drive Recovery module and then choose the unformatted external hard drive.

Data recovery software

Step 3: Click Next to scan the unformatted external hard drive.

Scan unformatted external hard drive

Step 4: Check the files in the unformatted external hard drive.

Fix external hard drive not formatted error

Step 5: Click "Fix Drive" to fix external hard drive not formatted error.

Solution 2: Recover data from unformatted external hard drive

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Data Recovery software.

Data recovery software

Step 2: Select Data Recovery module, choose the unformatted external hard drive and then click Next to scan the lost data from the unformatted external hard drive.

Step 3: Check the found files in the unformatted external hard drive and then click Recover to recover data from unformatted external hard drive.

recover data from unformatted external hard drive