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I plug in my hard drive and it tells me that i need to format it before use. how do i get my data off of the hard drive?

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Try it in differenf usb port
or if you can, try in another pc.
If that dont work, you can take the drive out of the enclosure and try and fit it internally into a computer
if thats not possible, you can buy new enlosures quite cheap to fit the drive into

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