Toshiba external hard disk is detected but shows empty and asks to format i have Tags: Hard Drives Laptops Toshiba Format Storage Last response: March 6, 2014 5:26 AM in Storage Share scarfaice December 31, 2011 3:30:14 PM hi all i need help i have a Toshiba external hard disk it is detected by my laptop but wont let me access it and asks to format it before i can use it. i have too many important and personal files on it and need to recover them !!! More about : toshiba external hard disk detected shows empty asks format Reply to scarfaice jsmakkar a b D Laptop a b G Storage January 1, 2012 2:41:18 AM Hello scarfaice, Welcome to Forums! Try to backup all your data with this free download Recuva. Once data is recovered, there wouldn't be any worry even to format the HDD. Hope that works for you - Good luck and A Happy New Year!! Reply to jsmakkar m 0 l mrclownface January 1, 2012 8:39:25 AM jsmakkar said:Hello scarfaice, Welcome to Forums! Try to backup all your data with this free download Recuva. Once data is recovered, there wouldn't be any worry even to format the HDD. Hope that works for you - Good luck and A Happy New Year!! i also have this problem with a samsung portable drive,the RECUVA software still would not access the drive to retreive any files Reply to mrclownface m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Sp00kie March 6, 2014 5:26:22 AM U could also try spinrite. https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm Reply to Sp00kie m 0 l Ask the community Post an answer Related resources SolvedToshiba external hard disk is detected but shows empty and asks to format i have Forum My external shows up as a disk drive, it empty, when i format, it says there is no disk in drive G: insert disk, HELP? Forum Solvedmy 500 gb toshiba external hard disk not detecting Forum SolvedUnplugged my external drive: now shows up as different drive-letter & asks to format Forum 2nd sata Hard Drive detected in disk management but not open asking for format Forum external Hard disk asking for format Forum External Hard Disk asking to format.... Forum External Hard Disk asking to format VERBATIM 1TB Forum External Hard Disk asking to format.... Forum External hard disk asking for format Forum i have an external hard disk of toshiba which was working but my pc doesnt show it when i plug it in, wat may be the problem? Forum I am asked to format my external hard disk ? Forum TOSHIBA External Hard disk USB 3.0 not showing in some computers Forum Toshiba 750GB External Hard disk showing only 32GB now. Forum SolvedToshiba External HDD not showing up in My Computer, yet shows up as blank volume in Disk Management (Windows 8) Forum External hard drive empty, no disk and unreadable. Forum message asks to format hard disk Forum SolvedExternal Hard Drive not detected in Disk Management or Device Manager Forum SolvedExternal Hard disk not detected Forum SolvedLacie External Hard Drive does not show up in My computer but shows up in Disk Managment Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !