external hard disc wants to format.

  hector710 19:50 02 Aug 2009

My external hard disc keeps on telling me that it isn't formated, do i want to format? Surely if i do that, i will lose any files on it!
I can hear it running but it wont open
LaCie external hard drive connected to my Dell with XP pro.

  woodchip 19:58 02 Aug 2009

Yes you are write, What you need to do is while its plugged in double click My Computer then right click the drive Properties click Tools tab then Check the Disc. Tick box for auto Fix and do a full scan

  howard64 12:58 03 Aug 2009

if the master boot record has been damaged you get this message. If you format you will lose everything. I have recovered several disks in this condition with a disk rescue prog.

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