USB hard disk error: "You need to format the disk in drive F: ..."

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Joanne_123, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Joanne_123

    Joanne_123 Guest

    I was using my USB hard disk for a word document when suddenly, I was unable
    to save my file. When I double-clicked on the disk's icon in my computer, the
    error message shows "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can
    use it". What should I do to solve this?
    Joanne_123, Feb 2, 2009
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  2. Joanne_123

    Airbot Guest

    Format it. Right click on the drive letter and click format
    Airbot, Feb 2, 2009
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  3. Joanne_123

    Joanne_123 Guest

    I would not want to format the USB hard disk because there is a lot of data
    on the USB hard disk.

    I installed the same USB hard disk on a windows 98se computer and I was able
    to read it. So the problem is between my USB hard disk and Vista. I got the
    same error message on an XP.

    I would like to know if I reformat the USB hard disk on my Vista, would the
    problem go away forever? Is reformatting the solution or just a stop-gap
    Joanne_123, Feb 3, 2009
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