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How do I disable “you need to format this disk” message in Windows Vista/7?

I use external hard disks a lot, and sometimes they are formatted as disk types that Windows does not recognize (ie: anything other than FAT/NTFS). Every time I leave the disk plugged in, Windows provides me with a prompt every time it attempts to auto-mount the disk. ie:

"The following disk uses an unrecognized partition type or is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?"

I always click no, but on one unfortunate occasion, I accidentally hit enter (nice going Microsoft, default to blast away a drive with unknown partition type for me).

Is there a way to tell Windows to stop nagging me about unformatted or unrecognized drives?


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To clarify, are you intending to try to write a device driver or other application to resolve this problem, or did you just want to know if there was already a known solution? – Harry Johnston Feb 7 '12 at 20:13
I am not attempting to write a device driver. I just want to disable the system dialogs and pop-up notifications that Windows gives my every time the drive is detected by Windows, offering me to format the drive. I don't want to format it, and I want Windows to stop asking me to format it. – Gir Loves Tacos Feb 9 '12 at 17:14
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This is best answered by another post I randomly found on my own:


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