How to fix RAW external hard drive or recover data from RAW external hard drive?

RAW external hard drive symptoms

When external hard drive suddenly became RAW file system, you would get the messsage when accessing RAW external hard drive. Common error messages as below:

1. Windows prompts: "External hard drive not formatted, do you want to format it?" When attempting to access the RAW external hard drive in Windows explorer.

2. "The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted" when accessing RAW external hard drive in Windows from a program or the command line.

3. The Disk Management window shows the external hard drive as either RAW file system or without file system type.

External hard drive RAW file system shown in disk management

4. "The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" when running chkdsk in an attempt to repair RAW external hard drive.

5. External hard drive shows 0 bytes space (Used space and free space) and RAW file system in Properties.

How to solve RAW external hard drive issue?

When encountering RAW external hard drive, how to get data back from RAW external hard drive? There are two ways to solve RAW external hard drive issue:

1. Fix/repair RAW external hard drive error and then get data back.

2. Recover data from RAW external hard drive.

Solution 1: Fix/Repair RAW external hard drive error and get data back with M3 Data Recovery

M3 Data Recovery is a RAW external hard drive recovery software which provides RAW drive recovery function to fix/repair RAW external hard drive error and then change/convert RAW external hard drive to NTFS/FAT32 under Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003.

Step 1: Connect RAW external hard drive to your computer.

Step 2: Install and launch M3 Data Recovery. After choosing RAW Drive Recovery module, please select the RAW external hard drive you want to fix/repair.

Fix/Repair RAW external hard drive error

Step 2: Click Next to scan the RAW external hard drive you want to fix/repair.

Fix/Repair RAW external hard drive error

Step 3: Check the files in RAW external hard drive before fixing/repairing.

Fix/Repair RAW external hard drive error

Step 4: Click "Fix Drive" to fix/repair RAW external hard drive error. You can also switch to data recovery mode and then recover data from RAW external hard drive.

Solution 2: Recover data from RAW external hard drive with M3 Data Recovery

As a data recovery software, M3 Data Recovery provides powerful data recovery feature which can recover data from RAW external hard drive, RAW partition, RAW hard drive, RAW USB drive, RAW flash drive, RAW SD card, RAW memory card, etc.

Refer to the detailed steps at: How to recover data from RAW external hard drive with M3 Data Recovery?

After data recovery from RAW external hard drive is succeffully done, you can format RAW external hard drive to NTFS/FAT32 file system with Windows built-in format tool, disk management or third party tool, then you can access RAW external hard drive as normal.

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