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I have placed a large amount of data on my Seagate 9W2874-500.

Recently, in attempting to access said data, a window asking me to format the drive has appeared. Of course, formatting the drive will result in the erasing of my data, which is not acceptable. Can you advise me of a way to access the data without formatting?
Thank you for your consideration.

- Alvin Epstein

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Yes, get the free version of this data recovery software from

http://www.deaddiskdoctor.com

Another one you can try if above fails:

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/welcome.htm

HTH,
Deboo

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    Download the BartPE bootable iso and burn it on to a CD:
    http://www.download.com/BartPE-Bootable-...

    It has some nice data recovery softwares. Boot using the CD and run the data recovery software(s) and you should mostly be able to get your data back - save it to your other hard disk.

    The CD boots and you get a Windows XP - like interface and start menu. Very easy to use and recover data.

    You can also get some free software data recovery tools from:
    http://www.freebyte.com/filediskutils/#d...

    You won't lose your data,
    HTH,
    Deboo


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