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You must format disk....

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February 23, 2010 6:15:31 PM

So I have an external HD that I keep some files on and one day I noticed it wasn't showing up in my computer, I figured that the cord fell out or something and I ignored it. Now, today I needed a file on it so I went to plug it in and I noticed it was already in, I thought thats weird so I turned it off and on. Then it showed up with the message

You need to format the disk in drive K: before you can use it

If I got to properties, it shows that it has 0 data on it but I know there are files on there. The only option it gives me is to format or cancel and cancel doesn't help and I don't want to lose my files.

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February 23, 2010 6:39:13 PM

Try shutting down your system, unplugging and replugging all the cables at both ends, and starting it back up again. If that doesn't work, try a different data cable.
February 23, 2010 6:58:28 PM

Still got the message :( 
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March 2, 2010 11:33:51 PM

Best answer selected by steelyphil.