Formatting HDD Tags: Hard Drives Format Formatting External Hard Drive Storage Last response: April 16, 2010 3:58 AM in Storage Share lizzay07 April 16, 2010 3:16:25 AM Hello, my external hard drive isn't allowing me to access files, telling me tht i must format it. if i format it, i will lose everthing, right? how can i retrieve my files/back it up and then format it? More about : formatting hdd | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove manojgj April 16, 2010 3:58:40 AM try with some other PC or give a try with LIVE XP that comes with Hirens boot cd http://www.hirensbootcd.net/ | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>Formatting HDD> Related ressources: ForumDelete OS from HDD without formatting ? ForumRe-installing Windows 7 On SSD and Re- Formatting normal HDD Question? ForumNeed help formatting a newly installed HDD ForumHow do I install a new HDD Enclosure without formatting and potentially losing a ForumFormatting hdd Forum( HDD ) WD20EARS Formatting Issues ForumFormatting HDD and not Showing Percentage? ForumDo I leave both my SSD and HDD in when formatting for the first time? ForumDo I leave both my SSD and HDD in when formatting for the first time? ForumAccessing HDD data without Formatting ForumLocked out of HDD after a freeze during formatting :( ForumRebooted my computer while formatting External HDD ForumNeed up to date SSD advice. ForumMy Computer doesnt see My Firewire Externall HDD ForumSSD OS & Data HDD Forum1TB External HDD showing 500GB after formatting ForumMy HDD isn't found when formatting or installing fresh OS ForumHDD win install formatting ForumSoftware that speeds up formatting a HDD with bad sectors? ForumXP Unable to Complete Formatting of External HDD More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !