How to Recover ‘Raw File System’ Hard Drive Data?-Raw Recovery

Have you ever encountered with similar problem? When you try to access data from your computer hard drive, are there times when the data are inaccessible? In such situations, your hard drive is shown as RAW. The properties of the drive often show 0 bytes. While actually there were plenty of photos, videos or documents and programs on there before. Soon, once you come across those problems, a small window interface will pop out. Following are the common error messages popped up on Windows screen.

raw file system

1. “Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?”
2. “The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” or “There was an error accessing drive X:. The disk is not formatted.”
3. “Sector not found”.
4. “The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drive”.

Among all the error messages when you cannot access to the data on your hard drive or external hard drive, “The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” is the commonest. Now, I am ready to take this as an example to discuss how to recover raw drive data.

Keep in mind: Firstly, always do not format the inaccessible drive when you see the warning “The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” If you do, then to recover the raw data successfully can be very complicated and to a great extent, it’s impossible for you to restore those data again. Secondly, do as the mother did who posed the question in the first paragraph of this article. She didn’t do anything with the raw drive since problems occurred. Because in this situation, if you continue to write new data into the drive, then those new data will overwrite the raw data, therefore, to retrieve those raw data turns impossible.

Without doing anything to the raw drive, then we try to start data recovery by using a raw recovery tool. You may be at loss with so many tools online. Which one could fit me most on earth? Here I will recommend you Tenorshare Data Recovery professional, if you are seeking for a professional tool with capability of completely recovery within limited time. Next, let’s learn how to recover ‘Raw’ drive data with this software.

Step1. Free download Tenorshare Daya Recovery Professional below this article and install it properly.
Step2. Select “Raw Recovery”. Choose a partition or disk which you cannot access, then click “Scan” to start scanning.
Step3. In the “Found Files List” column, you will see all the files listed there with specific header signature, click the ones you want to recover. In addition, before recovery, this program allows you to preview recoverable files. After you select all your files to recover, then click “Recover” to start raw recovery.
Step4. Select a storage path to save the recovered files, finally click “OK” to complete recovery. (Note: the successfully recovered data are suggested to place in another disk as long as it is different from the original one.)

After you get all your files and folders back, format the raw disk into NTFS/FAT file system to make it work normally again. By the way,if you have a new drive, do not use it as it’s RAW file system, format it into NTFS/FAT file system before you use it to save data. Otherwise it might lead to data loss.

Tenorshare Data Recovery Professional can recover data from various types of storage media including:
Hard Drives, Floppy Disks, Zip Disks and USB External Hard Disk Drives(HDD).
All version of Windows are supported including – Windows NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista/7.
It supports not only Windows file system (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS), but also Mac file system (HFS, HFS+) and Linux file system (EXT2, EXT3).

  1. It worked for my Seagate hard drive. Thanks!

  2. hi i followed the above steps
    But when i select the disk and clicked on scan .
    It gave the error please select the partition.
    But i could not see any partition.
    Please let me know what to do

    • Turn the computer off without the external hard drive being plugged in.
      plug the external hard drive in a usb port, power up, the systems post boot up will find the drive and inform windows what hardware is installed.
      When windows boots up, it will look at all the hardware and find the external hard drive, when windows finishes booting up you should be able to see the drive in my computer.

      Then open Tenorshare Data Recovery and scan it again!

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