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I have an 80 GB external hard drive which is crammed with important documents, pictures and videos. Suddenly the dard drive wouldn't open on any computer. Anytime I try to access it, the computers say that the device is corrupt and give options to format it before it can be used. Kindly help me with a way out. Thanks

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Have you encrypted the drive or used it attached to a pc with hard drive encryption? If so you will likely only be able to access the drive from that machine.

If not try repairing the drive using FDISK X: /MBR from your command prompt, where X: is the drive letter of your external drive. There are other programs as well for repairing your MBR such as PowerQuest recovery tools. Check out they guarantee no loss of data.

WARNING some tools may render your drive unrecoverable so if you are not willing to take the chance you may need to send the drive to a recovery secialist.

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