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Hi rfaber. Is it a desktop system that you have or is it a laptop? When you first turn on your computer, do you arrive at the desktop and then you start receiving this message that your hard drive needs to be formatted? It sounds like your hard drive may be bordering on faulty. Are you able to scan your hard drive for potential viruses? I would try and do this first if you are able to using your antivirus product.
Do you know how long you have been experiencing this problem? I'm thinking that you may be able to do a system restore just before the period that you experienced this problem, that's if it's software related, i.e. a virus on your hard drive.
Also, and this ins't in any way meant to sound accusatory but, could your pc accidentally have been dropped or bumped whilst the hard drive was running? If this was the case then it's likely that the disks may have been scratched and this could destroy the hard drive beyond use.
You say you have important data on your computer? You could try turning everything off and removing your hard drive from your system and connecting it externally to another computer and it will then act as an external hard drive but you would need a connector for this and this is known as an IDE to USB connector or adapter. It's a cable that has an IDE connector on one end which will connect to your hard drive and on the other end of the cable is a usb connector and this will connect to any usb port on a computer. The drive should then be recognised and you can hopefully access the drive and remove or take copies of your important date and place it on the working computer. Here's a link for this option:
If your hard drive is faulty then you may need to replace it and you will definitely have to try and retrieve your data using the above step. If you do this yourself make sure that you ground yourself before touching anything inside your pc and you can do this by touching a metal port on the rear of your computer if you don't have what's known as an ESD or ground bracelet. By doing this, this will release any static discharge from your fingers and then I will be safe to remove your hard drive.
I'm hoping that you don't have to do that though. Try everything you can on the desktop including disk checking for errors and possible recovery of bad sectors on the hard drive. Apologise for extensive information but I hope some of this information can be of assistance to you. Good luck. Andrew
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