Cannot Access File. Drive is not Accessible

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One of my records from my internal hard drive is not accessible. I just replaced the name to a local disk and everytime I clicked on it to open an error message pops up and says: "The disk in drive is not formatted. Would you like to set it up?” I do not want to format it because I would lose all data inside.  Is there a workaround for this? Thanks.

Answered By 5 points N/A #101572

Cannot Access File. Drive is not Accessible


That error may be occurring because the disk you are trying to access either has not been prepared to be used by the operating system that you are using. Or it could be also possible that the disk has been damaged and the data on it can no longer be read.

So you will need to rescue data that is on the disc before you proceed to formatting it.  Right click on it and then choose explore so as to view its contents. But if you do not have data saved on the disk yet then the better, you will just need to go ahead and format it so that it can be ready to be used on your computer.



Answered By 582030 points N/A #316629

Cannot Access File. Drive is not Accessible


Your best option is to connect the affected hard drive to another computer and see if the drive is accessible there. If the affected hard drive is an IDE, ask someone to connect it to another computer and set the correct jumper setting. If the drive is a SATA, you don’t need to set any jumper.

If the drive is accessible on the other computer, try renaming the drive again. The new name should not be identical to the other drive on your computer. On the other hand, if the drive is also not accessible, I’m afraid your files are lost. You can use PC Tools Performance Toolkit to fix the problem on your hard drive.

Once installed, start PC Tools then go to “Recovery” tab and click “Repair Drives”. On the next screen, select the drive you want to test then select “Surface Scan” among the options and check “Perform on reboot” and then click “Start” to begin the test. Click “Continue” then restart the computer. The test will be performed on startup.

If the test detected bad sectors, repeat the test over and over until it no longer detects bad sectors.

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