hi guys today when I switched on my laptop and the attached maxtor 500gig I got a popup which told me that my maxtor is not formatted and if I want to do it right now. I clicked cancel, removed the drive and put it to another usb port with the same result. then I tried a different laptop with the same result and thought ok thats it with the drive and its just 300gig of data I need... then I remembered what I did yesterday. I tried to make an usb flash drive bootable with the hp tool (HPUSBF.exe). usually no problem but the drive was connected as well. I bought Partition Table Doctor from the internet and it tells me that the drive is marked as a Win95 Fat16. so it sounds conclusive that the hp tool caused the damage. my question would be if there is a chance to reverse what the hp tool did. at the moment partition table doc runs and runs and searches for the old table but doesn't look good as far as I see that. thanks for help!