I have a HDD from a surveillance DVR. I wanted to play and copy the videos on that HDD into my laptop, so I opened the DVR and removed the HDD. I bought an HDD reader from Amazon and docked the HDD in order to connect it to my laptop. Once connected it would not show up in my laptop. I went into the cmd in my laptop and assigned a letter to the hard drive. However, I can't open the HDD without formatting the HDD.
If I format the HDD won't the videos in the HDD get erased? How can I open the HDD without reformatting?