Hi, TechSpot OpenBoards. I recently borrowed a Maxtor OneTouch4 500gb external HD from a friend to store all my priceless personal files on while I reformatted my PC for various reasons. That all went really smoothly yesterday, so I figured that I'd leave the files on the external HD for a little while and then transfer them onto my freshly rejuvenated PC. About ten-fifteen minutes ago, I needed a file from the HD, so I tried to open it up--only to get a message saying "Disk is not formatted" "The disk in drive L is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" ... Uh-oh. No, I don't want to format it now. That would be... bad. I've since opened Disk Management up in XP, and it reports that the drive has (1) no volume name, though I named it yesterday, (2) no file system assigned to it, (3) a capacity of a mere 122.70 gigabytes (this is a 500 gigabyte drive, remember), and (4) 100% of those gigabytes free. I presume that my precious data is still somewhere in there, but I can't seem to get it out. It might be corrupted, perhaps... I tried accessing it from a laptop running Vista, too, but it reports the exact same. Can anyone help me...?