I have a 500 GB Maxtor external USB hard drive.
Normally it works fine.
But about once a week when I turn on the computer (laptop), it shows up as an unformatted hard drive.
When I double-click on the drive symbol, I get a message asking me if I want to format it.
When this happens, I've learned to unplug the USB, then plug it back in, the unplug and plug it back in about 5 more times until it finally shows up correctly with all its data (265 GB are used).
And then it works fine until the next time that I turn on the computer and it displays itself as an "unformatted drive" and I go through the same procedure.
Has anyone else experienced this? What could be the problem?