Difficulty operining file

Whe I try to open a file folder that I have used frequently, I now get a message that says disk in drive c not formatted. All other files in drive c work properly. If I format the disk then I think I will lose everything including the file which contains a lot of work related material. I was able to acess it throught he windows explorer but now that will not open the filefolder. Any ideas as to how to access it???
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  1. That is correct, reformat and loose everything.

    A. Have you tried to run system restore, setting the drive back to a time before the computer became corrupted? Restore does not erase your personal files and is reversible.
    click start
    click all programs
    click accessories
    click system tools
    click system restore
    check the box that says restore my computer to an earlier time, click next
    select a bold date on the calender, a date before the problem started, click next
    follow through with the restore directions
    restart the computer after it finishes
    if the system restore does not work, select an even earlier bold date on the calender and repeat the procedure
    try this with at least four earlier dates before giving up and trying something else
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