WD 1TB internal drive issues.

I recently removed a WD 1TB internal drive from my old desktop running WinXP. Long story short, my only computer right now is a laptop.

In an attempt to remove some files from the drive, I used a Rosewill SATA to USB adapter, which I've used successfully in the past many times.

The drive shows up, but the message that 'Drive XYZ is not formatted, would you like to format now?' comes up. It was working fine when I removed it from the old computer. Am I overlooking something simple or do I need to find some recovery software?
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  1. The reason your computer is complaining about the format is because the drive is formatted to be bootable. The computer is looking for a drive formatted as an NTFS or FAT, which are formats used for common storage. You are doing nothing wrong here. DONT FORMAT THE DRIVE; IT WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON IT.

    If all you want to do is recover or modify files, you might find something useful here:
    http://www.boot-disk.com/.
    http://www.ntfs.com/products.htm
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