> I have an old Sony Vaio notebook that had been having problems, one of which
> is it only has an 8 gig hard drive, so I bought an external hard drive and
> had been using it for a few months. Problems with viruses convinced me to
> dump all of my important files onto the external drive and then use the
> system restore cds to completely wipe my computer and reinstall windows XP.
> Now when i try to open this plug-and-play hard drive, it says the drive is
> not formatted. I am a photography student and most of my work is saved on
> this drive. How can I access it with out formatting?
grab your photos using a digital image recovery software
that scans for JPGs independent of the file system like