WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE A "DRIVE
FORMATTED" ERROR MESSAGE
Many computer users have experienced it,
and unfortunately it can arrive at any time whether your
computer is new or old. The dreaded "Drive not formatted. Do you
want to format now?" error message. It can happen quickly and
without warning leaving many users wondering what to do. The
data on the hard drive still exists, but a wrong response to
this error message can damage or delete the existing data.
The "Drive not formatted. Do you want to
format now?" error message generally indicates a corrupted
partition, deleted partition or damaged partition. This can
occur for many different reasons including a computer virus,
power surge, software installation or software that partitions
the hard drive.
If you receive this type of error message,
it is important that you act carefully to keep your important
data intact. It is important that you: 1) do NOT say "yes" to
format the drive; 2) do NOT attempt to repartition the hard
drive; and 3) do NOT attempt any "do it yourself" data recovery
A successful data recovery depends on how
you respond to the "Drive not formatted" error message. In most
cases, a data recovery company can recover data from a system
displaying this error message.