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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dave nickson, Sep 14, 2011.

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  1. dave nickson

    dave nickson Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2007
    Hi all , i have a external hard drive , its a Maxtor 500 GB .
    I formated it when i first got it , all ok , sometimes when i click on the icon for it , the message says "hard drive not formated , do you want to format it now ? " I don't .
    I unplug the drive power lead , reconnect , and all is ok , Anyone got any ideas why ?

    Dave N
  2. ibizagreg


    Mar 15, 2008
    I've had this occur before, and for me it was a faulty data cable (sata) and on the second occasion a faulty power cable (sata) , as theyre cheap try using different ones before proceeding further.

    Ibizagreg :cool:
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