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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Dr_JRE 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. | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>External hard drive wants to format but I need what\'s on it> Related ressources: ForumExternal hard drive wants to format but I need what\'s on it ForumExternal hard drive corrupt and unreadable, wants me to format , need h ForumExternal hard drive wants to format but I need what 's on it ForumHard drive wont open and wants to format but wont ForumNeed to format external hard drive , but need help getting my files off of it ForumHow to repair n format your external hard drive ForumCannot find or format my external hard drive ForumCan't format my external hard drive . Should I wipe it? ForumIf i format my hard drive while external hd is connected what would happen ForumHow do i get files off my external hard drive when it says it needs formatting ForumDoes my external hard drive need to be formatted to be recognized.... ForumVista wants to format usb hard drive ForumMy computer want me to format my external hard drive ForumUsing old hard drive as external . do you need to install an OS? Forum1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !