The RAW drive is a hard drive partition which has not been formatted with the file system: FAT32/NTFS/exFAT in Windows environment. The RAW drive can be caused by a number of reasons such as virus attack, inproper operation, power failure, hard drive crash, unsafe ejection, etc. It often happens when the records determining the file system type or location on the disk are corrupted, usually the boot sector.
In this situation, we will get an error message like "You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it" as below when accessing the RAW partition, if we click "No", the raw partition cannot be accessed. On the contrary, if we click "Yes", we will lose all data stored on this drive. How to access the data stored on RAW partition if I don't format it?
The best solution is to recover data from RAW partition or RAW hard drive and then format the partition to change/convert RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT.
Besides RAW data recovery, M3 Data Recovery can also recover data from formatted partition, recover data from deleted/lost partition, recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive, etc.
Download RAW data recovery freeware to recover data from RAW drive
Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery Free on your computer.
Step 2: Then run M3 Data Recovery Free and select Data Recovery module on home window.
Step 3: Choose RAW partition and click Next to scan the lost data from RAW partition.
Step 4: After data is found from RAW partition, please check the found files and then click Recover button to recover data from RAW partition.
Step 5: Please format the RAW partition to change/convert RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT file system once data is successfuly done, the RAW partition will be working again after format completes.
Besides RAW drive data recovery, M3 Data Recovery is also a professional RAW drive recovery software which provides RAW Drive Recovery module to fix RAW partition, RAW hard drive, RAW external hard drive, etc.