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How to Recover Raw Drives Without Losing Data

Unexpected RAW file system issues can pop up spontaneously and leave you wondering how to convert from RAW back to NTFS without formatting or losing data. This article shows some tips and suggestions for RAW recovery.

Updated on 2020-11-23

If you are a Windows user, you might be very familiar with these error messages when you try to access a hard drive.
 
Disk is not formatted, do you want to format it now?
Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
File names contain "weird" characters, "Sector not found" messages.
Disk space is 0 bytes.
If you have such error before, in most cases it means your hard drive turns into RAW. This can happen on any hard drive, removable USB disk, SD memory, and flash drive. When a drive becomes RAW, the file system of this drive might be completely corrupted, and there is no way you can access the data in this drive. This is very frustrating, but do not worry. In this article we will guide you on how to convert a RAW drive back to NTFS.
 
The reasons cause the RAW error problem vary from virus affection, unsafe removal, unexpected power outage, or it may just come out to you from no where.

 
How to check if your drive turns into RAW:

 
To check if your drive turns into RAW, you can right click the start button in Windows 10, and select Disk Management.

Then find out the drive in Disk Management and see if it is written RAW in here.


Not-to-Dos on Raw Drives

As you may know, you cannot access any data on a RAW drive. If there are any important files you need on this drive, be sure that you do not perform the following operations to the raw drive before using our program to recover the data:
 
1.Do NOT format the disk even it is asking you to do that- Formatting a disk will recreate the partition table on the disk and the previous location of the files will be reset, which means the original folder structure will get damaged and unrecoverable.

2.You are not recommended to run CHKDSK on the raw disk- Running CHKDSK can fix the file system and in somehow solves the raw error problem. However, it will not do any good to the files in this drive. Once it fails in your case, the chance to retrieve your files will be very limited.

3.Do NOT run Clean diskpart command to wipe the disk-Cleaning a disk will erase the data on the disk, which cause the data further damaged and unrecoverable.
 

How to Fix Raw Drive
 
If you want to fix the Raw problem yourself, you will need 2 steps.

1. Use a professional recovery tool to recover the files from this RAW drive to another drive.
2. Format the RAW drive back to NTFS, or other file system such as ExFat.
 
To recover files from the RAW drive using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard:
 

1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and choose the raw drive to start a scan and wait for the Advanced Scan to complete.


2. Find the files you need and use the preview pane to check if the files you want are good or not.



3. Select the good files and recover them to a different drive.


4. Delete the raw drive in Disk Management and create a new volume and format it to NTFS.


5. Copy the recovered folder to the new drive you just created if you want
 
If you prefer to have a professional to help you handle the raw problem error, we have the Manual Recovery Service. We usually recommend that you have a try with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard first in most cases. However, you are recommended to choose the Manual Recovery Service when you are under any of the following 3 situations:
 
1. Already tried EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard but did not find the files or the original folders you want.
2. Already tried EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard but you do not have enough time to finish the scanning process on a large raw disk.
3. You do not have any spare disk at hand to store the recovered files, or you prefer to directly fix the problem on the RAW drive.
 
In short, the Manual Recovery Service can be considered as an more effective way to fix the raw disk. One professional agent will be assigned to you and he will be fully responsible for your case. Furthermore, we use Diagnose First, Pay Later mode, so you don’t have to pay any penny before we confirm the issue can be properly solved. A refund is also guaranteed if the recovery result does not meet your satisfaction.
 
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