I have a 35G external HDD that I use with my Roku. I was transferring a movie to a friends laptop & the transfer crashed. I unplugged it & replugged & her laptop saw the drive but said something about can't find files or corrupted files. The drive needs to be formatted to use. She had a new Win8 PC. I plugged it into my 2 other laptops, Win7 & Vista. They also saw the drive but a window popped up saying "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it." I assume something happened to the drive during the transfer process. It was not dropped or hit in any way. I was wndering if there are any free prpgrams out there that might bring back the HDD or at least pull out the data. I used to use the drive as a personal/work back up drive. There might be some older files I'd like to save. I'm resisting formatting the drive thus losing all data for good. I went to Cnet & they had some options but many have a 1G limit for trial. Can anyone recommend a free program that can help with a crashed external HDD. Thanks!!