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By vrainwater ·
I own a Cruzer (Sandisk) micro drive that holds personal information. I'm working with Windows XP Pro. The OS recognizes the drive, however, whenever I try to view this drive, I receive a dialogue that reads "E drive is unformatted, Would you like to format it now?" Is this drive useless? Are there any diagnostic tests that I could run to determine whether or not the drive is still functional?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Hardware

Does the Format on your current OS match the format of the microdisk?

That is the most likely cause of this issue.

The disk is not bad. It simply isn't formatted the same as the disk trying to read it. Is your home system Fat and work NTFS?

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by w2ktechman In reply to Hardware

A few things could have happened, If you have used the disk and it cannot be read all of a sudden, maybe an energy spike wiped the data (or just made it unreadable). In most cases, re-formatting the drive would fix this.
If the drive came with software drivers, then try installing those drivers first, and see if the drive can be read.

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by zlitocook In reply to Hardware

I had the same problem with a secure drive, I could use it fine on the computer I installed it on but not any other. You need to find the secure section of the drive and install it on the computer you want to use it on. If the new computer will not let you install it, find the the folder called secure jump drive or something like that and delete it. And plug in your drive, it should reinstall and let do what you need to do.

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by wlbowers In reply to Hardware

If you disconnected the micro drive without unmounting it you could have scrambled the data.

You could try a MD Data Recovery Software such as:

http://tinyurl.com/brqk2

Good Luck

Lee

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