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I tranffered all my data from my pc on to 1tb buffalo external hard drive now when i connect the usb externalharddrive it is telling me to format the hard drive and i did not backup my data and i may lose all my data on the external drive HELP ME

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  • crazykingshu Mar 17, 2009

    to solve this problem youneed access to apowerdata recovery software, install the software and it will rescue yor data then yo can re format and safe the rescued data back onto the harddrive.
    Always disconnect your USB harddrive in the correct manner and try not to disconnect in the middle of transfer mode. Make sure when you connect the hard drive to your PC you booth the drive befote connecting the USB cable to yor PC.
    the data recovery software is widely available and is user friendly



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I had also stucked in this issue and recovered using http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
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I've had the same issue, you should remember to take backups on various different storage devices, you can't rely on just one, you should buy a couple of disks and back up that way, you are less likely to loose all your stuff the next time.
it probably asked you to format because of a bad partition or sector of your drive normally because a surge on the line or you have dropped it.

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