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My external HD is asking to format

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January 16, 2011 8:50:57 AM

Every time I insert my external hard drive in my computer it says that I have to format the HD in order to open it. I want to know how can avoid this or how can i recover my files if I format the HD?

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a c 114 G Storage
January 16, 2011 2:56:07 PM

Sounds like you are trying to mount it internally now ?

Tried connecting it back as an external ?
a b G Storage
January 22, 2011 10:46:37 PM

this issue happened to me just now

i accidentally solved the problem
i don know if it will work for you too but u should try before formating !

- when the format message appeared i just removed the usb HD from my laptop
then pressed format , it then showed a message telling me that the format could
not be done

- i re-attached my hard disk again and it worked just fine !!!!

i hope it works for you

good luck
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January 25, 2011 1:22:27 AM

If you have no other ways and your data in the hard drive is not so much, i suggest you formatting it. Here is an article for you:
You can use the data recovery free edition to help you get the data back. Please do notice the free edition can only recover 1GB data.

Good luck!
April 19, 2012 12:04:31 AM

Follow these steps, and your problem will be solved:
1. Go to Run by pressing 'Windows' + 'R'
2. Write 'cmd'
3. Now write 'chkdsk /f h:'
('H' is the name of ur hard drive)
follow ordinary steps, and your hard will be recover everything without formatting it.
Best wishes

Waseem Dabbas