How to Recover Data from a Flash Drive That Needs to Be Formatted?

USB drive shows “drive not formatted”, “drive needs to be formatted”, and similar error messages when it is inaccessible. But, it doesn’t mean you must format the flash drive to use it further. So, here is how to resolve "the flash drive needs to be formatted" problem without losing data.

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“I have a USB flash drive that has some of my important files. Now, the problem is I am unable to access the drive. The only message that I see is, ‘the drive needs to be formatted. Do you want to format it now?’, when I connected it to the computer. If I format the flash drive, I would lose all the files that are stored on it. So, is there any other way that I can try to access my USB drive?”

Have you ever come across a similar situation, wherein your important data saved on the USB flash drive is at risk due to the error message "the drive needs to be formatted”? Well, you are not alone! Here is a solution.

How to Solve Flash Drive Needs to Be Formatted Message Without Losing Data?

Step 1: Recover Files from Flash Drive that Needs to Be Formatted

1: Connect the USB drive to a working computer and run Remo Recover on the system. Click Recover Partitions button, select your USB flash drive and click Scan.

Restore Files from Flash Device that needs to be Formatted - Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

2: The tool scans the USB flash drive and shows all its partitions along with their file systems. Choose your required/all partitions and start the data recovery process by clicking the Scan button.

Recover Data from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted  - Select USB Flash Drive Partition

Figure 2: Select USB Flash Drive Partition

3: Once the data recovery process is completed, you can view recovered files in Data View, and File Type View.

Restore Files from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted  - Recovered Data View

Figure 3: Recovered Data View

4: Finally, preview your recovered data by right-clicking (then choose Preview) or double-clicking on the restored files.

Retrieve Files from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted - Preview Recovered Files

Figure 4: Preview Recovered Files

5: At last, if you are satisfied with the data recovery results, then purchase the license of the tool and save the recovered files from the USB flash drive.

Retrieve Data from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted - Save Recovered Files

Figure 5: Save Recovered Files

Step 2: Format the USB Flash Drive

Your data present on the USB drive is successfully recovered. Now, you can go with formatting the flash drive either by clicking the Yes or Format option to fix the error 'the drive needs to be formatted. Do you want to format it now?'.

About Remo Recover Software:

When you come across any modest to severe data loss incidents and if there is no data backup available, then it is recommended to choose a reliable data recovery software like - Remo Recover. Not only to recover data from a flash drive that needs to be formatted, Remo Recover utility even has the ability to restore formatted flash drive data as well. So, irrespective of the data loss disaster or reasons responsible for the data loss instance you are experiencing, trust Remo Recover for restoring your files.

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Common Factors Cause Flash Drive that Needs to Be Formatted Error:

USB flash drives prompting the error “the drive needs to be formatted. Do you want to format it now?” could be the result of corruption. Apart from this, the error can also pop up due to a number of reasons like:


 

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