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External harddrive failure and computer RAM maxed out

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Hello all,

I am running Windows 7 and recently let someone borrow my external hard drive and when they gave it back to me and I tried to access my files I received and error message stating F: drive must be formatted before use. I don't want to reformat the drive and lose 1 terabyte worth of files. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


Edited by DaveCummiskey, 26 December 2013 - 05:04 PM.

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Hello DaveCummiskey

Can you tell us the brand and model name or number of the external HDD + any remedial steps that you have tried yourself already.

I don't want to reformat the drive and lose 1 terabyte worth of files

If the external HDD is/was almost full then it is possible that the data has become corrupt/overwritten due to there being no free storage space.

You have said in your topic title that the computer Ram is maxed out, please explain a little more for us about this and provide your computer brand and model name or number.
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