External hard drive wants to format but I need what\'s on it Tags: Hard Drives External Hard Drive Format Storage Last response: August 12, 2012 8:39 PM in Storage Share crumblykid August 11, 2012 5:56:53 PM Hi I just bought a new tower for my PC,took out hard drive from old tower and put it into an enclosure now I keep getting windows wants to format the hard drive but I want to keep the data on it,any solution s ???? I'm using win 7 More about : external hard drive format Dr_JRE a b G Storage August 12, 2012 8:39:38 PM What i know will work: @Active Partition Recovery bootable ISO burned to disk (partition-recovery.com for the download and instructions) Boot the CD created with @Activate and run the partition recovery saving files to the new drive. Other than bootable recovery software your only other option is to remove the drive from the enclosure and put the disk into the tower and see if explorer sees it now. I run into this problem ocassionally when using drive enclosures. also a tip. if you have trouble with drive enclosures (typically the 1 USB cable style) You want to enable disk caching when writing data to the drive, and disable it when pulling data from the drive. Sometimes all I need to do is run a linux live disk to recover the data, then you can have windows format the drive. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources External hard drive wants to format but I need what\'s on it Forum External hard drive corrupt and unreadable, wants me to format , need h Forum External hard drive wants to format but I need what 's on it Forum Hard drive wont open and wants to format but wont Forum Need to format external hard drive , but need help getting my files off of it Forum How to repair n format your external hard drive Forum Cannot find or format my external hard drive Forum Can't format my external hard drive . Should I wipe it? Forum If i format my hard drive while external hd is connected what would happen Forum How do i get files off my external hard drive when it says it needs formatting Forum Does my external hard drive need to be formatted to be recognized.... Forum Vista wants to format usb hard drive Forum My computer want me to format my external hard drive Forum Using old hard drive as external . do you need to install an OS? Forum 1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !