I save docs in multiple places. Two laptops (one per room when I swap because I'm tired of sitting at my desk), and an external HD. Call me paranoid. I've lost too much stuff to computers that just quit for Reasons. Until recently, I'd email a document to myself until I'd finished it/sent it to the client, self-published it, so that I'd have it available on both laptops. Lately I've decided I was being too paranoid and saved the docs to the external HD instead of email. Worked fine. Have (had?) stuff on that HD for years. This afternoon I got "You need to format this drive before you can use it." Oh, fuck you, anyway! I'd gotten that message with thumb drives before and just unplugged/replugged them. But this thing won't budge, on either laptop. So does "reformat" mean "you just erased everything, idiot," or does it just tinker with things?