Hello Guys,
Im paul, and im having a problem with my HDD which gives me this error message:
"You need to format the disk in drive J: before you can use it"
I have a lot of data in the HDD that i need to view.
Thank you.

Is this an external drive? If so, is it formatted in a way that is compatible with your computer? Windows won't deal nicely (without 3rd party drivers) with Linux or Apple file systems. Linux will handle Windows file systems without much fuss, and there are driver for Apple file systems on Linux as well. Apple can deal with FAT file systems, but not well with NTFS file systems, and it won't play nice with Linux file systems.


  1. What is the computer operating system you are using.
  2. What operating system was the HDD created with.