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Why does my hard drive need to be formatted

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Last response: in Storage
January 12, 2011 8:05:24 PM

I've lots of files on my external hard drive, now when I plug it in it says the drive needs formatted, any solutions? lots of stuff on it that i need for the morning...

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January 13, 2011 10:07:05 PM

You will need access to a PC that has Ubuntu or some other linux distro on it (alternatively, you can download and run Ubuntu from a CD without installing it). Linux does not need an HDD to be formatted in a specific filesystem, it can access a wide variety of filesystems, including RAW. You should be able to access and save your files from that HDD. Then, you can re-format it and use it again under Windows.