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#1 bj_ldyoflzr

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:40 AM

E-Machine T3304 desktop, xp-home.
I have 2 hard drives installed, C & J. In the past I have had no problems when I tried to open my J drive, but yesterday when I tried, I got a little pop-up asking if I wanted to Format this drive. I clicked no and was unable to view anything on this drive. It is my understanding that if I format, it will wipe the disc clean. I do not want to lose the data on that drive. Why is it now asking me if I want to format the disc? And how do I get to it now?

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 12:35 PM

Hi bj_ldyoflzr, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

Formatting the drive will effectively wipe out what you have stored on there.

What kind of hdd do you have, PATA (also called IDE) or SATA? If it is a PATA how do you have it hooked up?

If you go into the device manager do you see any errors (red X) or warnings (yellow exclamation mark)?

To access the Device Manager go to Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Device Manager. If there is only the icon of the monitor showing in the right side pane click on the little box on the left with the + inside.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 12:46 PM

Try performing a chkdsk repair on the drive and see if this helps solve your issues. Right click on the J drive and then click on properties. Click on the tools tab and then click on "error check". Then make sure the boxes in the middle are both checked and then click on OK to proceed with chkdsk repair.




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