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I have a Maxtor Basics external hard drive 500GB and it tells me it needs formatting but it s a plug n play drive

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  • gpralhadrao May 01, 2009


    I have Maxtor Basics 500 GB external hard disk & stored around 50 GB of data. I reinstalled on Windows Xp in my desktop. AFter that it is not showing any files on external Hard disk.



    Can any one help me to solve this problem? How to get my data back?

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All hdd needs to be formated before use so please do format the hdd

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