Toshiba external hard disk is detected but shows empty and asks to format i have Tags: Hard Drives Laptops Toshiba Format Storage Last response: January 1, 2012 8:39 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 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!! 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 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumToshiba external hard disk is detected but shows empty and asks to format i have ForumBrand new external hard drive isn't recognized and unable to format ForumExternal Hard drive asks for format , tried recovery - help ForumToshiba external hard drive partition not detected ForumHard drivr recognized in bios, no drive detected in windows 7 setup ForumMy External HD asks me to format help please ForumToshiba external 1tb hard drive not detected ForumExternal USB3 3TB drive shows 2 devices? ForumToshiba external 1tb hard drive not detected ForumSeagate external hard disk not detected ForumExternal drive shows 465gb is used when it is empty ForumExternal Hard Disk asking to format .... ForumToshiba external hard disk cannot be installed properly Forum4tb hdd is being read as 2tb hdd ForumNero image tool does not recognize external hard drive ForumHow to remove write protection on disk ForumHard drive not aknowledged ForumWhy i cannot format my kingston flash 8gb drive ForumCan u help me with my hard drive problem plz? ForumBIOS wont see hard drive More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !