How to Access HDD Data Without Formatting

I recently bought a new Dell XPS 7100 and an HDD to replace my dead Dell XPS 600 (running Windows XP Pro). It warns me that I need to format the hard drive before using it when I wish to recover data from the previous one. Can I get the old HDD's data back?

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Dany· Answered on Dec 20, 2022

Since you are facing the "You need to format the disk" error, the best choice is to rescue data from this damaged or corrupted HDD drive. We already know that your computer can recognize your HDD, so you just need to choose a normal data recovery tool and rescue your data from it. If your computer cannot boot because of HDD damage, you will need a portable recovery program.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can be a good choice, and you can recover data from your HDD with it. It can recover files from a corrupted hard drive with only three simple steps: 1. Scan the corrupted HDD. 2. Filter the lost files and preview them. 3. Click the "Recover" button to retrieve the files.

After rescuing data from this HDD, you can try to fix the "You need to format the disk" error with CMD. We will show you how to fix the issue with CMD:

1. Wake up the Windows menu and type in cmd in the search box.

2. To run as administrator, right-click "Command Prompt" and select that option.

3. Enter the command "chkdsk L: /f" in the CMD window. (Substitute the drive letter for your external storage device in lieu of "L").

4. Windows will then begin scanning for disk problems and fixing damaged data. Await the procedure's conclusion. After your computer has restarted, you can attempt to read your HDD, USB drive, SD card, or external hard disk once more.

If the methods above can not fix your problem, you can find a recovery service and recover files manually.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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