Usb hdd unable to read

I had recently backed up my Laptop on an external USB HDD as My laptop needed to be formated. Now when I connect the HDD it shows me the drive letter F: & G: but gives an I/O device error. is the HDD bad is ther any utility(freeware) that i can use to fix this problem. Please advice. Thx.
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  1. before fixing error try the hdd with some other Pc's, bcz it may curroupt the data's

    or get Hirens bootcd & use livexp with it to access you external drive..

    check this link
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