"You must format the disk before you can use it" error

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"You must format the disk before you can use it" error

#1 Post by syntraclick » 20 Mar 2013, 05:09

I'm getting this error when plugging my WD drive into my Windows 7 comp.

It takes about 3 - 5 minutes for this error to appear.

This is what I see in "advanced" section o TestDisk:
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I'm not sure what to do. I'm able to select "undelete" files and "copy" them to another disk however it can take hours upon hours to transfer a 1gb file.

What's strange is when I start the copy transfer, it can transfer the first 100 - 200MB really fast (a couple minutes) but then it drops down to what seems like 100kbps.

I left the copy transfer on all night and after 12 hours I had about 4GB worth of data. At that rate it'd take a week to copy the files and I'm worried if the drive even has that long.

Any help is appreciated!

- Jennifer

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Re: "You must format the disk before you can use it" error

#2 Post by syntraclick » 20 Mar 2013, 07:59

I also get lots of these lines in the log:
fat_copy: Can't read cluster 20199105.
file_pread(6,64,buffer,1293457977(158512/1/26)) ReadFile The specified network resource or device is no longer available.

fat_copy: Can't read cluster 20199106.
file_pread(6,64,buffer,1293458041(158512/3/26)) ReadFile The specified network resource or device is no longer available.

fat_copy: Can't read cluster 20199107.
file_pread(6,64,buffer,1293458105(158512/5/26)) ReadFile The specified

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Re: "You must format the disk before you can use it" error

#3 Post by syntraclick » 21 Mar 2013, 00:48

I will pay an admin/support rep very generously via PayPal if someone can assist me with this!

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