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RAW partition error message

Things following would drive you crazy:

Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?

File system is displayed as "RAW"

Drive X:\ not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

Windows may ask if you want to format the drive, such as a warning reads "The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?".

File names contain "weird" characters.

"Sector not found" messages.

Also a CHKDSK tool will complain that it is unable to perform a RAW file system recovery. The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

What do we need to do for RAW partition?

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

M3 Data Recovery is the best RAW partition recovery software which provides Data Recovery module to recover data from RAW partition and RAW Drive Recovery module to do RAW partition recovery (Fix RAW partition).

How to do RAW partition recovery with M3 Data Recovery?

There are two solutions to do RAW partition recovery with M3 Data Recovery:

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.

Free RAW partition recovery software

Step 4: Select RAW partition which you want to recover data from and click Next to continue.

Scan data from RAW partition

Step 5: Recover data from RAW partition.

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.

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