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On start up my 1.5tb external hard drive keeps saying you need to format this drive before you can use it, although it has quite a lot of files for my work on it and i use it quite regularly

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Hi, Do you use a MAC at your work? If so, most likely the USB HDD will be in HFS+ and windows is unable to read that file format without the help of third-party software like MacDrive ( LINK: http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive )
Hope i was of any help. If so, please rate me. Thank you
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