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Old 09-07-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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I have a WD 500G hard drive and it's been working well for me for the last six months. When I tried to use it today , it said that it needed to be formatted. I know that by formatting I will erase all of it contents and I simply can't do that. The weird thing is, is that 7 out of the 8 folders I have on it work just fine. But the most important folder won't open I keep getting a pop up that says it needs to be reformatted. I've tried it on 4 different computers all with the same results. Can anyone help? Thank you for your time

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Old 09-07-2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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It is quite possible that there is some virus around and it is not necessary that it is a hardware problem. If you do not have a good anti virus software than let the professional do the job. Even if it is a hardware problem, things can be sorted because as I see go for formatting the hard disk only if all other options fail.

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Old 09-07-2009, 09:52 PM   #3
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The file system has been damaged. Download the demo of r-studio and do a scan of the HD, if it finds the files you can register the program and copy your data out to another drive. then format the drive and put your data back.
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Thanks raptor_pa for putting forward some useful solution to the problem.
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