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Windows 7: Prevent Windows ask to format my external drive

30 Jul 2009   #1

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Prevent Windows ask to format my external drive

Hi everybody,

First, i'm very sorry for my english... And 2nd, I really don't know if this question have already be answer, so don't shot me

I have a external drive and it's formated with a other file system and Windows 7, of course, don't recognize the file system, and that's ok!

The problem, it's each time i plug my external drive (usb2) into my computer, Windows ask me each time to format the drive... and I really don't want to click by mistake the "yes" button.

So, i'm asking you if there is a possibility to tell Windows to DON'T ask me if I want to format this drive each time I plug into my computer?

Thanks alot (and again, sorry for my english)

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30 Jul 2009   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Try disabling that drive from Autoplay.

I don't have an external drive - so not sure exactly where that would be - rt click the drive and check properties.

You could use this to Disable Autoplay on removable Drives :


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