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Usb-hd keeps asking to format before use

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December 19, 2012 10:50:37 AM

due to my previous post aout having problems with my 320gb WD internal HD. For some reason it is show up on my girlfriends windows 7 laptop,the device driver was installed BUT a message keeps asking me to 'format E' before use.
Each time the message pops up it will show in disc management/device managr but it will go off.
I dont want to format it cos there is all my files on there...well i hope ther is :/ 
how do i get round this?

need urgent help on this as i dont want to disconnect the drive incase i cant get it to show again.


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December 19, 2012 11:07:05 AM

"I dont want to format it cos there is all my files on there"

That's why you should always keep your files backed up on a second drive, in case the drive fails.
All hard drives fail eventually no matter how much you look after them.

Test it with "WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows":
Select your hard drive on this page, then click "Available software" under the drive model:
December 19, 2012 11:12:32 AM

i know that now but after buying a big harddrive i thought id keep them on my laptop.

thing is will it work because it keeps popping up 'format drive' i darnt disconnect it incase it wont connect again:/
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December 19, 2012 11:20:42 AM

ive downloaded the program but i still cant use it becuse my hd wont show in it/ connect unless i format it
December 20, 2012 6:13:22 PM

ok so on from that,my enclosure arrived this morning and it wont work on my vista sp2 laptop BUT will work on a windows 7 laptop. Altho it wil connect on my computer,the roperties how as 0 bites used and 0 bites free? i then went to format it but it wont work?