When encountering above RAW partition errors, you may right click the RAW partition, and choose the Propertities from the right-click popup menu, finding that the file system is displayed as "RAW" in the Drive Propertities window and the file names may also contain "weird" characters in the drive.
You may wonder what does "RAW" mean and how this could happen. Put it in a simple way, the hard drive is inaccessible because the DBR (a crucial part of the file system which is important to organize information in the hard drive) has been damaged by some kinds of reasons, like virus infection, format failure, accidentally shut down operating system, power outage, etc.
No matter what they are, the result is all the same: your hard drive is inaccessible and you have to take action to read data from RAW partition.
The first thing: Don't touch the RAW partition
The first thing you must do is stop using the RAW partition immediately and don't format the RAW partition. If you accidentally formatted RAW partition after clicking Format button, although all your data is gone, but you still have a chance to recover data from formatted partition.
The second thing: Find the best RAW partition recovery software
Solution 1: Recover data from RAW partition with free RAW partition recovery software
M3 Data Recovery Free is a free RAW partition recovery software which can recover data from RAW partition under Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003.
Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery on your computer.
Step 2: And then run M3 Data Recovery.
Step 3: Choose the data recovery module.
Step 4: Select RAW partition which you want to recover data from and click Next to continue.
Step 5: Recover data from RAW partition.
Step 6: After RAW partition data recovery is successfully done, right click the selected RAW partition in My Computer or This PC, select "Format" to format RAW partition, it will be working again after format completes.
Solution 2: Fix RAW partition without data loss via RAW partition recovery software
M3 Data Recovery is a RAW partition recovery software which provides RAW Drive Recovery function to fix RAW partition and get data back.
Step 1: Install and launch M3 Data Recovery. After choosing RAW Drive Recovery module, select the RAW partition you want to fix.
Step 2: Click Next to scan the RAW partition you want to fix.
Step 3: After fixing RAW partition, please check the files in RAW partition before fixing.
Step 4: Click "Fix Drive" to restore RAW partition without data loss. You can also switch to data recovery mode and then recover data from RAW partition.