Ok so my harddrive has decided to half break itself. I did try googling and got loads of product sales pages... Basically the computer reads that the drive is connected and displays it in My Computer, but each time I try to access it it asks me to format the drive before it will open. Now I assume if I format the drive all the data links will be lost and that I'll then have to shell out for a recovery software option to restore them. I can't try connecting it to another computer as I don't have one - furthermore the data on the drive is larger than I've got spare backup space for so I can't do any fancy drive mirroring or anything. And finally - yes its one-time copies of info on the drive - I've backups of much of the older stuff, but some of the newer isn't backed up so there is data on the drive I want to access. Soo erm - help please Is there any way to access it without formatting? Or have I got to get one of these software recovery programs (I should have some Sandisk restoration software around here which comes with their memory cards - though I'm unsure if that is suitable for harddrives).