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When I try to access the drive it tells me it is Not formatted.

But if I format it won't I loose everything? I really need what is on this drive. Thanks

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What OS are you running? If Windows, try unplugging the USB cable, restart your system the reconnect the USB, go to computer management/disk management and see if your drive is visible and check its status. Should see it as Disk 1 basic, online, healthy. I had a like issue with a Maxtor external enclosure and that resolved the issue. All the data was present.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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    Lou H Feb 02, 2010

    You do not need to format your HD unless there was something else that was not mentioned in your issue. Simply powering the drive down and restarting your system with it plugged in should resolve the issue

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