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Windows 7: You need to format the disc

06 Dec 2019   #1
Angus94

Windows 7 Professional x64 (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 
You need to format the disc




can anyone tell me how i can stop this message from popping up, it starts off by a taskbar message "this device can perform faster if you connect to a USB v3.0 port................then i get 7 or 8 of these requests advising i need to format the drives, which i dont of course or all my drives would be empty.


sometimes i can go for weeks without a message and then i can get them every couple of days


any help would be awesome thanks


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06 Dec 2019   #2
Angus94

Windows 7 Professional x64 (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

it seems i may have had a dodgy hard drive, after posting this thread, i was still getting the message box popping open, so i rebooted the computer and i was missing a drive from my list, but more importantly the computer had stabilized, no messages no weird activity...............i will continue to monitor it and keep the thread updated


one never knows which IS the proper place to post, sorry
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06 Dec 2019   #3
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

You removed the drive without using
Safely Remove Hardware in Windows 7 - dummies
Usually, if you frequently force unplug your SD card, USB, external hard drive or any other removable device without using the Safely Remove option, the partition table of the device will be corrupted and become RAW which is unreadable by Windows. And then you might receive the disk format error message "You need to format the disk in drive X before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" when you try to access the storage device. However, it not the only reason that may lead to the format disk error. There are other reasons including:
  • The storage device suffers from a sudden power outage
  • The storage device is infected by a virus
  • The file system of the disk is not Windows-compatible
  • There are bad sectors in the USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, or external hard drive
Click
Computer
right click USB drive
properties
tools
check now button
it will run check disk and correct errors.
Bill
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06 Dec 2019   #4
Angus94

Windows 7 Professional x64 (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

this error message has just started up again.........


i have 13 external usb drives, connected to 2 usb hubs, i have run these drives like this for several years now without issues before.......they are permanently connected to the computer.
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06 Dec 2019   #5
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Check the drive for errors.
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07 Dec 2019   #6
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Angus94 View Post
it seems i may have had a dodgy hard drive, after posting this thread, i was still getting the message box popping open, so i rebooted the computer and i was missing a drive from my list, but more importantly the computer had stabilized, no messages no weird activity...............i will continue to monitor it and keep the thread updated


one never knows which IS the proper place to post, sorry
Reboot solves many computer issues.
Drive may have gone off line, if so it won't appear in Computer; it will in Disk Management.
how to make offline hard disk ONLINE - TechNet - Microsoft
Check the disk for errors chkdsk – Guide for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Check the Drive with Seagate | Seatools Diagnostics

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07 Dec 2019   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Open disk manager. Is there any disk that shows as unallocated or un formatted ?
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08 Dec 2019   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

"Open disk manager. Is there any disk that shows as unallocated or un formatted ?" or RAW?

Please remove all other USB Hubs/ Storage devices. Plug in only that HDD which says it needs to be formatted, and post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management as per the guidelines here Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

@Snick and @billmcct

When someone reports a problem like this the first thing you should ask is a screenshot of Windows Disk Management as Megahertz07 did.

Based on what it shows one should proceed further.
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08 Dec 2019   #9
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

jumanji
Unfortunately, the first thing usually required to ask for is follow posting rules.
Response was to problems stated by OP drives not showing up, format popup, didn't get to why the band-aid USB setup.
I agree with Disk Management, offered useful/helpful information OP to rule that out, didn't go there yet (Megahertz #7)
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