Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

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Disk is not formated.

My WD My Book Essential Edition does not open any more. Following error message comes up:

The disk in Drive (G) is not formated.
Would you like to format it now?

Let me know if I have lost my files or is there still a way to recover them.

Thank you in advance.

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    i have the same proplem



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You can check on Western Digitals website and see what kind of utilities they have for that hard drive as far as diagnostics, repair, and recovery are concerned.

You could try another computer and see if its doing the same thing?

If neither option works you may have not choice but to format the problem to get the hard drive repaired and working again.

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