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My Maxtor 3200 tells me its needs to be formatted and so I cannot access my photos. I haven't formatted-any easy to understand ideas?

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If you previously have stored files (and photos) onto the drive, then it _had_ to be formatted before its first usage.

If it now claims to need to be "formatted", then it probably is the "table of contents" on the disk-drive that has become scrambled.

Look online for information about "File Scavenger" type of utility programs, that can read through the disk, sector by sector, and try to "stitch" together the sectors, to reconstruct your files.

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