How can i access my external hd without reformatting it?

I'm having problems getting my new laptop with windows 7 to recognise my old mac hd, which I've put in a USB enclosure. I've been into disk management and assigned it as the E: drive, but when in my computer it tells me it needs to be formatted when I clcik on it... how can I access it without formatting?
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  1. Mac formats its drives in a different way to windows. Thats why windows can't read the drives.
    You need to install third party software to read the mac formatted drive.
    There is a list of software here, curtesy of
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