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Device can't be read?

I have a Mybook Essential 1TB, it was working perfectly until today, when I unlock it and try to access it, it says "The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?" And the problem is that is has more than 600GB of crucial data.

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You have lost the reference file; the drive will have to be recovered.
do not reformat the drive you will wipe it clean contact the drive manufacturer or, a commercial recovery company if the files are irreplaceable.

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Download and install the free program "RECOVA" Run it. It takes most of the day, does not change the hard drive, and just copies what it finds onto another drive.

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My WD external hard drive cant be recognised in my laptops most times and once it does,its on for a few seconds then disappears? What can i do about it,or is there a way to prevent it,many friends tell me it this brand that has such problems,is it true?

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