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We unplugged our Maxtor basics 500GB to move it and when we plugged it in again it asked us to reformat it we can aford to lose the data but it doesn't seem to be taking a reasonable timt to do help!!!!

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That is correct..re formatting takes quite a bit of time for that size hard drive..on the other hand, there is a method to plugging and unplugging from the desktop, prior to removing the usb cables..

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