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My WD Ovation 320GB has been working fine. Laptop still recognises it but says it is not formatted. Alot of info on it. So what to do?

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  • johnlyons876 Dec 31, 2010

    Thanks still trying to get it worked out but hopefully will be OK

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Try a recover software and do not format it ...try to see if you can get the files format ..cause if you format it ...you will only be able to get some pictures and text file from it when you use a recover software ....so ..Just install a software for file recovery ...and try to see if you can get the files from it ...
This thing is happened cause of a physical fault ..probably a shock ..or magnetic attack ..
Here is an example of software ..
http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm?language=1

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