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Here's a situation I've never faced before.
I have two internal hard drives. One is 150 gig that is used for general use (windows, programs, some data), the other is a 1 ter. used for data storage (like an external is usually used). For no apparent reason, I can't access the big one. Whenever I try to read it through Explorer the drive shows up, but when I click on it I get a message telling me it needs to be formated.
Any ideas? I really don't want to lose the data on it if possible.
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Have you checked/reseated the pw and data connectors for the drive? If not, do so and then see if you can access the drive.
I really don't want to lose the data on it if possible
This is why we stress backups SO much. Data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.
 

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Hi again,
I did the right click on my computer, manage. disk management thing, and all looks okay to me. It says "healthy" under the decription of the dirve, however, to my untrained eye, it looked full. Where the main drive "c:" has a white background in the diplay, the big drive (d: ) shows diagonal lines throughout.
Something else worth mentioning, When I get that message asking if I want to format the drive and I click cancel, I get another message saying
"D:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."
Hope this is of more help.
I intend to check the disk connections later today.
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diagonal lines is the selected Volume.
If C and D are on the same horizontal line that means they are 2 partitions on the same drive.
if you have 2 hard drives you should have Disk 0 and Disk 1 right below.

On the non-working drive what file system is listed?
Does the second HDD appear as foreign?
 

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First try reseating the connectors then do the following if that does not work.

Download the drive maker's diagnostic [you download this from whomever made the drive ie WD, Seagate, etc] Run both the long and short tests. Note there is often a windows version and a dos or boot version. I use the boot version since this removes windows from the problem. There are usually detailed instructions on the site to make the boot CD however if you need help making it, post back.

If the drive has failed [which is most likely has] then you have only two options;
1 Run data recovery software and hope to get usable data from the drive
2 Send the drive to a shop that does data recovery. Note this is NOT cheap. Prices where I live start at $100 for a simple recovery [plus the cost of media to copy the data to ie an external drive, etc] If the shop has to disassemble the drive and attempt to read the platters, it runs many hundreds of $.
 
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