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Backup before formatting hard drive

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a b G Storage
March 19, 2012 6:27:19 AM

The power went off while I was working from my laptop with my external Hard disk connected.
Today, I cant access the data on my external HD and its asking me to formate the HD first.

What to do? is there a way to take a back up of all the data before formating the HD?
a b G Storage
March 19, 2012 7:42:40 AM

If your system is telling you to format the drive so you can access it the file system may be corrupt. Try doing a chkdsk on the drive and then accessing it.
a c 383 G Storage
March 19, 2012 11:03:42 AM

If chkdsk doesn't work for you, you may be able to retrieve your files with find and mount before formatting the drive.