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My computer says that my Iomega drive needs to be formatted.

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My computer says that...

My computer says that my Iomega drive needs to be formatted. It does not. Can I salvage the data and phoots on the drive

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Dell Z600 running windows 7 professional

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I tried to backup my Quicken data but received the "need to format message" I can see it when I look at my drives but cannot open it.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Computer Hardware
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Computer technician: ChrisC, Computer Enthusiast replied 7 months ago
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Hi, my name is Chris.

If suddenly you are getting a message stating it needs to be formatted, then that means the file system has suffered corruption for some reason.

Depending on the kind of drive it is, it's possible that you could use a data recovery program to try to salvage the data.

Is this an Iomega external hard drive or something older, like a ZIP or JAZ drive?

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Computer technician: ChrisC, Computer Enthusiast replied 7 months ago

Hmm, okay.

Give me just a few minutes to look at some things for you. Please stand by.

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