Hi, Well, I have a huge dilema that I am hoping someone can find a fix to. I was using the Hard Disc manager on an External Drive - and the software said I had 460 or so gigs of un-allocated space on my drive. I don't know what happened, but what it looks like happened was it split the drive into 2 partitions -- one with now 8 gigs...and another with 458 gigs of used data -- data which I desperately need and had on the drive which was working flawlessly. It now says that the 458g section of the drive is " Not Formated " which seems odd and seems wrong...since I was using the drive perfectly until that point. How do I get the data back or combine the partitions so that it's one single drive like before ? I am baffled how this happened. I am a designer and not a hardware guru...so the expertise here would be greatly appreciated. Also, is there a way to format a drive WITHOUT losing data ? and how do I do this and retain all of the files and folders ? I don't have space to copy the drive to another place...all I want to do is have access to my files again. Someone please help I am really freaking out. I have seen some places that say certain software can format without destroying the data...I just want to make sure it can be done. I have over 3 years of work and downloads and data on the drive. Thanks.