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Windows Suddenly Requests Re-Format of USB Hard Drive

After one year of use, usb hard drive suddenly no longer shows files; windows prompts to format disk

Are there options that do not involve re-formatting? I would like to keep the data that was previously stored on the disk.

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Yes there are. The first thing I'd say to you is you may want to involve a professional if the disc contains critical information because they would have experiance and tools you don't. If it's not that critical and you want to give it a shot you can run a file system check on the volume or run a program like spinrite www.spinrite.com

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