Western Digital external hard drive --

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Ted - Dec 23, 2011 at 02:35 PM
xpcman Posts 19530 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 - Dec 23, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Hello,

I cannot access my Western Digital hard drive. I continually get the message: You must format your drive F: before using.. Do you wish to format ??

Please help

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xpcman Posts 19530 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,833
Dec 23, 2011 at 05:22 PM
This probably means that the hard drive or file system is broken. Windows gives this message when it can't read the drive.

It just might the MBR (Master Boot Record) that is damaged. You can get instructions to fix the MBR at this site:

https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/fix-mbr-xp-vista/

Good Luck
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