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 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. http://findandmount.com/ Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Back-Up Hard Disk Before Formatting? Forum Back Up Drivers Before Formatting Hard Drive Forum Hard drives in backup enclosure "need formatting" message Forum Back Up Drivers Before Formatting Hard Drive Forum Solvedhow can i format my hard drive before i install a oem windows 7 Forum SolvedHard drive asking for format before use Forum windows 7, connected old XP hard drive disk, and get 'you must format disk before you can use it.' Forum *Noob here* Should i format hard drive before or after installing in new build? Forum HOW CAN I BACKUP FILES ON MY SD CARD BEFORE FORMATTING? Forum How can i backup my sd card before formatting Forum Getting information on hard drive before format Forum How to backup drivers before formatting Forum How to backup drivers before formatting Forum SolvedHard Drive formatting problem Forum SolvedFormatting a second hard drive. Forum SolvedFormatting a hard drive with win 7 Forum SolvedHow to backup Macbook air to external hard drive that has files on it? Forum SolvedFormatting a wiped hard drive. Forum SolvedHard Drive needs formatting after being plugged into the Smart TV Forum SolvedFormatting old, second hard drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !