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Formatting My book after information is already on the drive.

I have a lot of information and pictures already on my My book. It is now telling me that it needs to be reformatted in order to use...i have no access to the pictures/information. Will I lose them by formatting it now? And is there a way to remove the information before formatting? Thanks!

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  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    I am having the same problem. I have a lot of information and pictures already on my My book Western Digial 250 GB. It is now telling me that it needs to be reformatted in order to use. When I plug it in, I no longer get the normal plug and play display..I have no access to the pictures/information. Is there a way to remove/retrieve my information before formatting? PLEASE HELP. I

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Suggest taking drive to a computer repair expert (taking another drive to save the files to) and see if they can recover the data.  In future suggest never relying on any one drive, external or internal (or even DVD, tape drive etc etc).

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