Problem with external Hard Drive

I have a Hitachi external drive that I have used before on this same computer, however now when I connect to my computer (Gateway laptop), the drive is telling me it needs to be formatted before I can use it. I don't want to format because then I will lose all of my files.

Can someone help me?

Thanks,
Stacey
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  1. Have you tried connecting the drive to another computer to see if you get the same message? You could try checking the drive for errors with CHKDSK from a command prompt or use another program to check the disk for errors.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-system/you-need-to-format-the-disk-in-drive-j-before-you/4e153784-3217-4425-9c39-48030af82a13
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