08-09-2010 12:39 PM
I have a WD My Passport P/N: WDBAAA3200ABL-00 and now the system is saying that it is not accessible and the the disk (with lots of critical data) needs to be formatted. Can anybody help me with it.
08-17-2010 07:07 AM - edited 08-17-2010 07:14 AM
I encountered the same problem last week for my WD My Book 320GB harddisk.
Error message: The disk in drive F is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
If you receive such message, don't worry! I managed to find a solution via Google and restore my harddisk with intact data at no cost! The error is due to a corrupt boot sector and we just need to restore the backup files using a free open source software.
Step 1: Download 'Testdisk'
Step 2: Check out this website for a nice user 'Deleted090308' who share the solution:
A. At the first window, select “No Log” and press the <Enter> key.
B. Select which drive to analyse, choose “Proceed” and <Enter>.
C. Select partition type – Intel if it’s a PC then <Enter>.
D. Choose Advanced > press <Enter>.
E. Choose Boot > press <Enter>.
F. Choose Rebuild BS> press <Enter>.
G.Note: Do not need to choose Repair FAT, just exit the program. Computer should be able to recognize your hardisk again.
Hope the above help because it solved mine!
P/S I wrote to WD support before I found this solution. They recommended me to buy a data recovery software which cost US$49. If I have not been lucky at the web, I would have been so desperate to pay. Thus I decide to post this entry to share with everyone.