External hard drive data

My old case of external hard drive was damaged. I bought a new one but it did not get recognized in my computer and had no drive name. So I created a new partition and the drive was visible but I did not format the disk. I can't access the drive and it asks to format the disk. I want to have my old data back.did I do something wrong? Can I get my data back? Please help.I am desperate
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  1. Try connecting it to a different computer, OR, try connecting it to a different external hard drive case. If you format this, you will lose all files (data).
  2. www.powerdatarecovery.com If Ubrales idea don't work you can try this program to recover your data.
  3. almartin said:
    www.powerdatarecovery.com If Ubrales idea don't work you can try this program to recover your data.

    Cool utility! I have been using 'Recuva'
  4. Before you blindly try all manner of data recovery software, could you tell us a little about your external HDD? Was it a Western Digital product, such as a Passport or My Book? If so, then be aware that these may be hardware encrypted, even if you have not specified a password. Data recovery software will only find jibberish.
  5. Try "Partion Find and Mount" http://findandmount.com. Use the free version. It is the fastest way to see what's on the drive. This might not work since you repartioned the drive. For future reference when this happens do not partition or format the drive. Be aware that full recovery software can take many hours to search a drive and you will need another drive to copy the files to.
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