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I have been using this hard drive with this computer for a couple months now buut this morning when i plugged it in my computer was telling me i need to format it to be able to use it. and i know its already been formatted because you cant put data on it if it isnt. i have almost 500 gb used up and i dont want to reformat it because doing so will erase all of it. is there anything i can do?

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Best solution would be to try it on another computer & if it works there use the windows check disk tool (& maybe the defragmenter) to correct this problem. OR you could transfer the data onto another hard disk, format this one keeping 2-4 partitions and reload your data.

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