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I need help ASAP! My external hard drive is asking me to reformatt everytime I try to access it. I am afraid of doing this because I have school research papers in there that are due at the end of the semester as well as years worth of important docs and pictures. I dont want to loose this data. I downloaded Recover my files software and at first it found the information but my laptop turned of because i forgot to connect the power source so it ran out of battery and i ran it again and it doesent show anything. and it takes a long time to search. Also at first i was able to see the drive on my computer window but now it dosent show. I ran device manage and it showes there as unallocated?

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Hi there. Dont worry, your data will most certainly still be on the drive. What you need is a Data recovery software like Acronis - or any other free restore software. As log as the drive can be seen in the device manger, you should then be able to access the drive and all its data from within such an application. Export all you need to your computer, and then re-partition and re-format your External drive. This happens when the partition data table is lost - the operating system does then not recognize the file-types and does not see any partitions. But that does not mean there is no data on the drive. So whatever you do, dont format the drive just to get access - those files can be read and secured from most File Restore and Partition managment programs. I use Acronis, but its not free. Search Google for tons of free apps which are out there. Hope that helps! Cheers, Matt

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