I've encountered the "Disk Not Formatted" error on an internal HDD that I unfortunately use for storing media that is valuable to me (every digital photo I've ever taken) as well as important documents that I would be very happy to get back (taxes!). Some of it's backed up. Most of it isn't.
I found this forum via a google search and it looks like it's the right place to be. It's an 80GB Samsung SP0812C SATA drive that had been just fine as a secondary drive for 4 years and then suddenly decided to do this. Running XP SP3.
Anyway, I followed all the steps in the sticky
and it went as the post explained it would, only the drive is still not accessible and I continue to get the same format error. I never formatted the drive, so at least that's something.
I haven't actually opened the case yet and pulled the drive/re-inserted it, but I can do that easily enough. Just hoping that there's an easier way to restore the drive.
Not sure if this would even be related, but around the time I noticed this, the add/remove programs list in control panel stopped populating and IE8 stopped loading pages.
Please let me know if I need to post screenshots or if there's any other info I need to provide.
Any help is greatly appreciated!