RAW Drive Recovery Features

RAW Drive Recovery module built-in M3 Data Recovery uses "Rebuild/Repair file system" method to fix RAW drive back to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT without data loss. If the damage to file system is serious, the only way is to recover data from RAW drive, so not every RAW drive can be fixed back to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT due to different cause reasons, it depends upon the specific environment, but lost data can be recovered via Data Recovery mode as long as RAW drive is not physically damaged.

Two preconditions using RAW Drive Recovery module built-in M3 Data Recovery:

1. RAW drive has important data: If RAW drive doesn't have important data, please directly reformat RAW drive to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT with Windows built-in format tool or diskpart command.

2. RAW drive is not encrypted and not physically damaged: If RAW drive is physically damaged, please send it to a local data recovery professional for help. If RAW drive is Bitlocker encrypted, please try M3 Bitlocker Recovery to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted RAW drive.

Two results for RAW drive using RAW Drive Recovery module built-in M3 Data Recovery:

1. RAW drive can be fixed back to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT file system.

2. RAW drive cannot be fixed (The damage to file system is serious), but data can be recovered via Data Recovery mode (After ensuring all recovered files can be opened, please reformat RAW drive to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT).

Have important data, please find below solution due to different RAW drive cause reasons:

Corrupted DBR, MFT/FAT, unsafely unplugging external drive, virus attack, etc.

Go the detailed user guide - Read the full user guide and follow the instructions to perform the RAW drive repair or RAW drive data recovery with a few clicks and get lost data back.

Partition structure was changed or damaged, such as repartitioning hard drive.

Find More Partitions (Lost Partition Recovery) built-in Data Recovery module of M3 Data Recovery can scan the whole RAW hard disk to find previously existing partitions and then recover data from RAW hard drive.

Cancelling format operation in format process

Format operation has erased the file system even if the format operation was cancelled, so Data Recovery module built-in M3 Data Recovery can recover data from formatted drive.

Tips: No data recovery software can recover data after full format was made under Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10, full format under Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 has completely erased the data so that lost data cannot be recovered.

Hardware issue: Bad sectors or physical damage

No program can repair bad sectors, so M3 Data Recovery can only recover data. Data error (cyclic redundancy check) means there are bad sectors. How to check bad sectors: Download a tool called WinHex. Run it as administrator, select Tools, select Open Disk, select RAW drive and see whether there are unreadable sectors or not.

Ask data recovery service provider for help - If RAW hard drive cannot be recognized properly by Disk Managment or it is physically damaged.

Don't have important data in RAW drive, please go to the solution as below:

If there is no important data in RAW drive, please just format RAW drive to NTFS/FAT32 with format tool. If Windows is unable to format RAW drive, please find the professional format tool (Such as low-level format tool) to format RAW drive to NTFS/FAT32.

Editor Review

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Accidents happen all the time and because of various reasons. Luckily M3 Data Recovery Free offers a helping hand in terms of file recovery. Whether you lost some files because of some malicious virus, by mistake, or just because you were a victim of someone's prank, now is your chance to bring back those files. Learn more >>

User Guide

After launching M3 Data Recovery, select RAW Drive Recovery module, choose the drive and then scan lost data.

How it works

  • 1
    Download, install, launch

    After launching M3 Data Recovery, choose RAW Drive Recovery module

  • 2
    Select and Scan

    Select RAW drive where you lost data and click Next to scan.

  • 3

    After finding lost data, repair RAW drive or recover data from RAW drive.

  • Install and Launch M3 Data Recovery
  • Scan RAW drive with M3 Data Recovery
  • Recover RAW drive with M3 Data Recovery

Tech Specification

Supported storage devices

Hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, CF card, memory card, memory stick, etc. (RAID is not included, in most situations, RAID structure was corrupted so that lost data can be recovered after rebuilding RAID correctly)

System Requirements

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012
Supported file systems: FAT32, NTFS and exFAT.

User Reviews

User comments


John Kearns

2018-07-25 06:18:55

M3 Data Recovery software was quickly able to repair the access rights coding problem that caused the hard drive to convert to RAW state and returned the drive to what appears to be full working order.

John Comerford

2018-06-12 06:17:42

Your program worked super quick.It's success rate with me was 100% and recovered 315gb of data! thank you so much...i'm a happy chap this morning. cheers

Tot Ísis

2018-04-09 06:16:59

Thanks to the m3datarecovery team, I was able to recover the data from the external disk. Therefore, from today I will be promoter of this excellent product for all my friends and acquaintances. continue with your excellent work.

Daniel Raiter

2018-03-14 06:16:09

Did it eventually thanks, running in Safe Mode was my solution. Great product by the way, thanks so much, will highly recommend to all! Cheers!

Romke de Vries

2018-02-01 06:15:02

It workes! Thank you very much for your assistance, great software-solution!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to test if M3 Data Recovery can recover my data before purchasing?

1. M3 Data Recovery free trial version allows to recover 1GB data so that you can check recovery effect before purchasing.

2. M3 Data Recovery free trial version allows to preview txt documents and photos.

I cannot open the files recovered by M3 Data Recovery Free version, should I purchase full version?

No. The free version has same functions as full version, the free version will become full version after entering license key to unlock 1GB recovery limitation. If free version cannot work, the full version won't work either. According to your situation, please send your detailed data loss problem to [email protected] for further analysis.

I lost documents, videos, photos, audios, etc., but the found files only have .gz and .swf files, why?

.swf (a flash file extension) and .gz (a compressed gzip file) are just false positives and totally garbage. In your data loss environment, the original files cannot be identified properly by M3 Data Recovery, please send your data loss details to [email protected] for further analysis.

Would M3 Data Recovery damage my storage device where lost data?

No. M3 Data Recovery is a reliable and safe data recovery software, it is read-only for the storage device where lost data, so it wouldn't damage it.

Disk management cannot recognize my storage device, does M3 Data Recovery recognize it?

No. If disk management cannot recognize your storage device, M3 Data Recovery cannot recognize it either. In this situation, your storage device should be physically damaged, please send it to a local data recovery professional for help.

Does M3 Data Recovery support RAID reconstrucion?

No, M3 Data Recovery is just a common data recovery software, while RAID reconstrucion is a professional data recovery.

Does M3 Data Recovery support encrypted drive?

No, you need to unlock the encrypted drive before using M3 Data Recovery to recover lost data.

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