No, when I connect it the computer pops up a window asking if I want to initialize it or ignore. If I click ignore the only way I can see it's connected is by going into Disk Utility (which then crashes!).barhar said:WIth respect to the edited post - 'When I connect it the computer recognizes it but obviously can't read it without formatting. Is there any way I can get my data off this drive?', by 'the computer recognizes' it - are you saying that the hdd's icon now appears on the 'Desktop'?