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External Harddrive asking to reformat

Hello - hope you can help! I have used my WD external hard drive for 2 years now...today once connected it is asking to be formatted. I understand it will cause data loss (and ALL my data is on it!) What are the recommended steps? Many thanks!
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  1. have you tried to connect it to another computer?
  2. Yes! Both my old and new Thinkpad show the same error....Will be grateful for any advice.
  3. Yes! Both my old and new Thinkpad show the same error....Will be grateful for any advice.
  4. Yes! Both my old and new Thinkpad show the same error....Will be grateful for any advice.
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    check out my post and their answer which I am trying but sure is taking awhile.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1822321/hard-drives-recognized-anymore.html
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