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My Western Digital keeps asking to be formatted. I am unable to open the drive or reformat. What can I do?? I have a lot of files on this drive.

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Hi, If you format the drive you will erase everything on it including your files. I would run your ant-virus you may have a virus on it. Second save all your files on a back-up disc. Then format the drive if you can. good luck.

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