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My external hard drive is corrupted because the wire accidentally got loose and became ejected without safely ejecting it. I cannot access the hard drive at all, says I need to format it to use but if I do that all my data will be gone! I need the data. What should I do? CHKDSK in cmd doesn't work as it says it

My external hard drive is corrupted because the wire accidentally got loose and became ejected without safely ejecting it. I cannot access the hard drive at all, says I need to format it to use but if I do that all my data will be gone! I need the data. What should I do? CHKDSK in cmd doesn't work as it says it can't even read the volume. I tried a software, Power Data Recovery by Minitool, it seemed to be able to read but the free version of the software doesn't allow recovery of data more than 1gb in total size. I don't have money to get the full version of the software and it might be a scam anyways or might not even work so I rather not get the full version. I really need help PLEASE, losing my hard drive feels like losing someone in my family. I want to get the data back! People used to tell me that going to the store for recovering data will be very very expensive. The answer I'm looking for is free software, or some computer tricks.

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Existence Is Evidence:
first thing to try, turn off the computer, disconnect the USB cable from the computer and the HDD, then put it back.

if it's a USB 3.0 HDD, try a USB 2.0 slot or USB 2.0 cable (if this does not work) that fits the HDD.

connect the drive to either the same slot, if you get the same issue, try a different USB slot.

I have 3 external HDD's, when there is an issue with the cable and the drive reconnects i get the same warning, usually that sorts out the issue without having to format.

you might need to replace the cable also if it's faulty.

ari:
Friend Linux live is free! Boot up Linux live and plug your hard drive in. Recover your data to a flash drive then reformat the drive and put back what was on it.
Adrian:
Try "Recuva" first:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download
If that fails, odds are the disk is so corrupted, it may be impossible to recover anything. There are no "tricks" to recovery, other than trying those tools.
richard:
First thing I'd do is plug it into a different machine/computer….see if it has the same problem.
Mark big sky boat man:
Try this, scroll down for the external hard drive recovery link.

http://www.asoftech.com/articles/formatt…

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