How to recover data from RAW hard drive in Windows or Mac computer?

It pops up an error message as follow when you access the RAW drive by double-clicking it.
Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
Windows may ask if you want to format the drive, such as a warning reads "The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?".
File names contain "weird" characters.
"Sector not found" messages.
Also a CHKDSK tool will complain that it is unable to perform a RAW file system recovery. The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

Sometimes people call it raw drive or raw file system. The properties of the drive often shows 0 bytes while there were important files, photos stored there before (Right click the drive and select "Properties") and the file system shows RAW. RAW file system is not really a type of file system but presents a problem of your drive or partition. We know often used file system like NTFS, FAT16/FAT32 or EXT2/EXT3. So what is RAW file system? Just a system error that makes your partition become RAW and you cannot access files there without data recovery software.

M3 Data Recovery Free is a free RAW hard drive data recovery software provides a quick way to recover data from RAW hard drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW USB flash drive, RAW memory card, RAW SD card, etc.

There are two tutorials introduce RAW hard drive data recovery on Windows and Mac computers:

Tutorial 1 - Recover data from RAW hard drive on Windows computer

Tutorial 2 - Recover data from RAW hard drive on Mac computer

Tutorial 1: Recover data from RAW hard drive on Windows computer

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery Free on your computer.

Step 2: And then run M3 Data Recovery Free.

Step 3: Choose the Data Recovery module.

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Step 4: Choose RAW hard drive and click Next to scan, All files will be found in minutes.

Recover files from RAW hard drive on Windows

Step 5: Select the files you want to recover from RAW hard drive and then save them.

Besides data recovery from RAW hard drive, M3 Data Recovery Free can also can recover deleted files, recover data from formatted hard drive, recover data from formatted USB flash drive, recover deleted or lost partition, etc.

Tutorial 2: Recover data from RAW hard drive on Mac computer

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Mac Data Recovery on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Select "In a specific volume" and then select the RAW hard drive from the drop-down list.

Free RAW hard drive data recovery software for Mac

Step 3: M3 Mac Data Data Recovery is scanning the lost data from RAW hard drive.

Recover files from RAW hard drive on Mac

Step 4: Select the found files you expect to recover and then click Recover to save them.

Recover files from RAW hard drive on Mac

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