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Iomega 500GB data corrupted

When i try to open files in my Iomega 500GB desktop external hard drive, it is asking for formating the drive.

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The boot info is bad. If there is info that is needed you will have to use a recovery program like getdataback fat 32 and getdatabackntfs

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