External HDD wont work and was always asked to format it

Please help.. my external hdd is unreadable and i was i asked to format the drive before i could use it.. tried all the things that were mentioned above and nothing works.. please help
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    Than try it.

    Plug in the drive, bring up CMD and type chkdsk X: /f/r (X is the example drive letter)

    Good luck.
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