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Storage disc stop working

Computer asking to format the disc but i will losse my files how can im save my files if the storage maxtor stop working

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It could be a situation where only the "table-of-contents", which describes all the files on the disk, has become scrambled. So, look online for "file recovery" utilities -- programs that will read through all the blocks of data on the disk, and try to "stitch" together all the files, without using the "damaged" file-directory.

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We techs have expensive software to recover files should you need to get it retrieved, but the interface is designed for techs and not the average user.

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