Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How to fix external USB HDD for which Windows report: "You need to format the disk in drive X"

If Windows report "You need to format the disk in drive ..." for your NTFS external HDD, then you can try this.

Use Ubuntu or any other Linux, and try to open your disk with it. If Ubuntu gives you an error stating something like partition is smaller than NTFS, you can try to run this tool:

sudo ntfsfix /dev/yourdevice

For example:

sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdb1

If it fails, it should at least  give you some more details on what's wrong with the HDD.

It saved my disk ! :)

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