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my old HDD was dying and it seems somehow it screwed some drivers in the process. Suddenly I'm getting "You need to format the disk in drive x: before you can use it" whenever I plug ANY usb disk (and they all work on other systems, so no, no problems with drives; even kindle dows not work).

I've managed to "repair" the bad sectors with seatools and duplicate the disk (using linux dd) on a new one (same model).

Everything seems to work ok, just this bliping error. I've tried google but I see many threads with this problems and no solution.


Update: NTFS external drive does work, but none of the fat do. So I guess my fat driver is broken. Which dll do I need to replace?

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  • Start->All Programs->Accessories->Right click Command Prompt, Run As Admin
  • sfc /scannow
  • wait (it has a nice little progress bar, but it takes forever)
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Thanks, didn't know about this! –  Paul Jan 28 '11 at 20:45
And it worked! Thanks a million! –  Paul Jan 28 '11 at 21:09

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