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Seagate Drive is asking to be reformatted?

I have a ST3400601CB-RK (Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup - External HD). I have used this drive for 2-3 years on both windows xp and vista with no issue what so ever.

Today I plug it in (to a windows machine) and it is saying that the drive must be reformatted? I assume if I do this I will loose all my data on this drive. Is this assumption correct?

I tried to plug this drive into my mac as well. Same request for formatting before use?

I have read though many of the posts about powering down and some "simple" solutions. Can someone point me to a thread that shows how to get the data off the drive. I have only stored data (pics, docs, movies, etc; no applications) on the drive.

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Yes your assuumtion is correct, you WILL loose all your data.

I have been there before.... and the outcome was not good.

If your PC will recognize the drive and give it a drive letter, you can run chkdsk (Check Disk) from the Run prompt to verify that the drive does not have damaged sectors. many times chkdsk will fix minor errors allowing you to access the drive again.
Click Start, Run CMD, enter, then type: X: (X being the drive letter of the Seagate) then type chkdsk /r and hit enter. If it completes 100% try accessing the drive again.
If you cannot acquire a drive Letter when you plug in the Seagate try going to Disk Management and assigning a drive letter.
Click Start, then Right click on My Computer and click Manage, then click Disk Management. See if your Seagate drive shows up in the list. If it does, right click on the larger box on the right and see if it will allow you to assign a drive letter.

Another option you may have is taking the hard drive out of the Seagate enclosure and either connecting it as a secondary drive in a desktop PC, or installing it into another external enclsure USB device, and try again to access the drive.

If none of these options work, your last option is to contract a Disk Recovery Service to acquire your data. They are usually very expensive.

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