I have a 500GB external Maxtor drive that's worked fine for about a year. Two days ago when I tried to use it, I got the message "You need to format the disk in drive M: before you can use it." When I click cancel, it says "The volume does not contain a recognized file system."
I've followed the directions here with no luck:
I've also talked to Maxtor tech support, which of course led nowhere. They told me to format the disk and said I would lose everything. Truly helpful!
When I look at my drives in Disk Management (right click on Computer, click manage, click Disk Management), the external drive has nothing listed under volume, has "RAW" under file system, and in status says "healthy, active, primary).
Any other ideas before I go the formatting route?