Why does it say my WD external drive needs formatting

I have files on my external hard drive and when trying to open it up, it asks me to format the drive, but also says I could lose my files, what should I do
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  1. Perhaps the drive hasn't been formatted yet - new ones sometimes are preformatted, but other times aren't. Assuming your files aren't on it, format the drive.
  2. bonniesadler said:
    I have files on my external hard drive and when trying to open it up, it asks me to format the drive, but also says I could lose my files, what should I do
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