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Disk not formatted

I purchased a WD 500 GB My Book for my PC at the end of January as a temporary solution to store photos. The plan was to get two 500 GB hard drives so I would have a backup as my computer had about 8% storage space available.

I downloaded less than 100 GBs on it. At some point the external drive turned itself off and as I was busy, I didn't bother with it.

Today several months later, I turned it back on. The My Book icon was gone and when I clicked the F:/ drive icon a window popped up saying "disk not formatted. Would you like to format now?"

The usage info reads 0 bytes used and 0 bytes available. Is there any chance my photos are still there? If so, how do I retrieve them?

These photos are invaluable to me!! In fact, the reason I turned the drive on tonight is I am compiling a photo montage for the celebration of life of a very close family friend (who we consider family) who suddenly passed away this week.

I appreciate any help anyone can provide. Thank you! - Wendy

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You can use the "digital image recovery software" to get your photos back. Thats what I did and I got the same error when I tried to access my photos . In my case I lost the entire folder structure but my pictures are recovered. I am trying to recover my folder structure and looking for the help. I tried atleast 10 different types of software and of no use so far.

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