Backup before formatting hard drive Tags: Hard Drives Formatting HD Storage Last response: March 19, 2012 11:03 AM in Storage Share Anonymous a b G Storage March 19, 2012 6:27:19 AM Hello, 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? More about : backup formatting hard drive ngrego 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. Hawkeye22 a c 284 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. http://findandmount.com/ Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumBack-Up Hard Disk Before Formatting ? ForumBack Up Drivers Before Formatting Hard Drive ForumHard drives in backup enclosure "need formatting " message ForumBack Up Drivers Before Formatting Hard Drive ForumHow can i backup my sd card before formatting ForumHOW CAN I BACKUP FILES ON MY SD CARD BEFORE FORMATTING ? ForumHow to initialize a hard drive without formatting !? ForumExternal Hard Drive Formatting ForumHow to Backup or Retrieve Corrupt external usb Hard Drive Data? ForumDrive needs to be formated before it can be used ForumWindows 7 OS Backup Deleted external hard drive ForumHow to setup a backup hard drive ? ForumHelp with formatting my hard disc/ drive please! ForumFormatting my hard drive ForumError message; Drive must be formated before it can be used ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumBios sees hard drive, but Windows 7 installation does not ForumHard Drive or SSD? ForumAspire 5742 does not regconize wd10jpvt hard drive Forum[Solved] Formatting an SSD w/ Ext Enclosure More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !