USB Problem Drive F Not Formatted?

By Jay Sherman
Oct 3, 2007
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  1. Hope someone can help me with this. Every time I plug my camera, PSP, or IPOD into my wife's laptop I get the frustrating message "Drive F Not Formatted. Would You Like To Format It Now?" Obviously I click no. I've read about this problem but all the advice concerns recovering lost data. I just need the Autoplay box to come up every time I plug in a USB device like it did on my old computer. I guess I took it for granted. The laptop recognises all my gadgets and says "now ready to use" but it won't let me. I got my dongle working but nothing else will. It's driving me insane so any solutions or advice on how to change my removable disk drive will be very very much appreciated. Thanks.
  2. denzil_408

    denzil_408 Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

    Ur PC seems to be infected.Run a system scan.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    I concur. Run a virus and trojan check. Use a good anti-virus program. Boot in safe mode before running. Spybot is also recommeded when checking for trojans.
  4. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for your advice. I'm thinking it might be a problem with the drives but worried about making things worse. I tried applying Autoplay but it just reverts back to what it was before. File system always shows as RAW and the pie chart shows no bytes used or available for some reason.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    did you do what we told you to do and run a viri and trojan check?
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    Hello, Jay Sherman, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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    With regards to your problem, run scans like Tedster and denzil_408 suggested, i would recommend using avg and spybot. If it still doesn't work try the Virus/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions
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