How to recover data from RAW external hard drive?
I removed my 1TB external hard drive from my Windows 10 computer without safely ejecting it. On reconnection, the system did a hard disk scan to fix problems with the hard drive and since then the hard drive is not accessible. There is more than 750 GB of data on the drive and I am not able to access them.
It is very common that an external hard drive becomes RAW in today's digital world. RAW is not a file system type like NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, it is just an error which indicates that there is no file system in external hard drive. If there is no file system, we cannot access the data stored on external hard drive. In this situation, we would receive an error message that prompts "Drive not formatted, do you want to format it now?" If we click Yes button, we will lose the data. If we click No button, we won't access the data. How to access the data stored on RAW external hard drive if we don't format it?
Free RAW external hard drive data recovery software
M3 Data Recovery is a free RAW drive data recovery software which provides two recovery modules to solve RAW external hard drive problem: Data Recovery module to recover data from RAW external hard drive and RAW Drive Recovery module to fix RAW external hard drive without losing data.
Tutorial to recover data from RAW external hard drive with M3 Data Recovery
Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery on your computer.
Step 2: Connect the RAW external hard drive to your computer as slave drive and then launch M3 Data Recovery.
Step 3: Choose "Data Recovery" module (You can also choose RAW Drive Recovery module to fix RAW hard drive without losing data, refer to the detailed steps at: How to fix/repair RAW external hard drive without data loss?).
Step 4: Select the RAW external hard drive and click Next to scan the lost data.
Step 5: Check the found files in RAW external hard drive.
Step 6: Choose the files you expect and then recover data from RAW external hard drive.
After data recovery from RAW external hard drive is successfully done, please try to reformat it, the RAW external hard drive will be working again if the format completes.