How do I get my computer to recognize my external hard drive with out formatting

hi! i was copying pictures when my kids tripped the cable and was detached to my computer. now, it doesn't want to open any data on my external hard drive. it wants me to re-format the hard drive. what is the est solutions for this problem?
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