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I have a Lacie external HD 500G which we installed approx. one year ago. It was working great . However recently the mother board in our computer failed and was replaced with a new m-board. Essentially we now have a new computer. After bringing our computer home and pluging the Lacie HD in we are unable to access data which we backedup on it over the past year. When we attempt to open that drive(J) we are advised that the drive is not formatted - do you wish to format now. Will we loose our data if we proceed with the formatting as suggested. How should we proceed to get access to this drive. Thanks Kevin

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Kevin, Yes you will loose al data if you format it.DO NOT FORMAT as you have your data on it. What I suggest is to get the motherboard of same old model that you replaced. Sometimes the motherboards do not play up with all the hardware. Get the same model motherboard that you replaced. Once that works, copy all data to some other HDD. Or better still send the data in bits by email to yourself. The data would be safe on the email server. And can be retrieved later when all is well. OR attach the drive to some other computer where it works and send emails to yourself. Long and tedious job, but will save your data. And when the drive has started working with your new computer after formatting or otherwise, you can retrieve all the data. and delete the emails from the server.

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