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Does my slave need formatting?

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Ok, i just slaved in an HDD (Maxtor 6E040L0) that suffered a crash making it unable to boot off of. However I decided to slave it in and recover information off of it, and use it as extra memory. But, XP and rainmeter say its unreadable and needs formatting; the hard drive is working fine (PCB registering on BIOS, humming indicating mechanical parts are fine). i was just wondering if the contents could be salvaged or, if I sould just format it.
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Download and run the diagnostics program from Maxtor:

http://www.maxtor.co...amondMax Family

That should give you a better idea of what you need to do, whether the disk has a problem or if reformatting might help.
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