The keys to fix RAW partition, RAW drive data recovery

M3 Data Recovery software 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 M3 Data Recovery software:

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 service 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 M3 Data Recovery software:

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.

Solution 1: Fix RAW partition with RAW drive recovery

RAW drive recovery is a process of fixing corrupted file system by rebuilding DBR, FAT, MFT, etc. so that RAW partition can be accessible again and then get data back.

RAW Drive Recovery module built-in M3 Data Recovery software is a quick way to fix RAW partition and convert RAW to NTFS without data loss, but if the damage to file system is serious, the only way still is RAW drive data recovery.

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery software on a Windows computer.

Step 2: Connect RAW hard drive to the Windows computer.

Step 3: Launch M3 Data Recovery and choose RAW Drive Recovery module.

RAW partition data recovery software

Step 4: Select RAW partition and click Next to scan.

Select RAW partition to scan with M3 Data Recovery

Step 5: After the scan completes, please check/preview the found files or select Save session option from Help menu to save the scan result for continuous recovery next time. If there are some files missing, please choose Data Recovery module, check "deep scan" option and try again.

Select RAW drive in M3 Data Recovery

Step 6: Click "Fix Drive" to fix RAW partition. If RAW partition cannot be fixed, please switch to Data Recovery mode and then recover data from RAW partition.

Solution 2: Fix RAW partition with RAW drive data recovery

Data Recovery module built-in M3 Data Recovery software is used to recover data from RAW partition, RAW hard drive, RAW USB drive, RAW SD card, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server.

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery software on a Windows computer.

Step 2: Connect RAW hard drive to the Windows computer.

Step 3: Launch M3 Data Recovery and choose Data Recovery module.

RAW partition data recovery software

Step 4: Select RAW partition and click Next to scan.

Scan data from RAW partition

Step 5: After the scan completes, please check/preview the found files or select Save session option from Help menu to save the scan result for continuous recovery next time. If there are some files missing, please check "deep scan" option and try again.

RAW partition data recovery

Step 6: After data recovery is successfully done from RAW parititon, please convert RAW to NTFS by reformatting with Windows built-in format tool, diskpart command or the 3rd-party tool.

Solution 3: Fix RAW partition by reformatting

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

Solution 4: Fix RAW partition by a local data recovery service

If RAW hard drive has hardware issue, lost data is not found by M3 Data Recovery software or any other data recovery software, please send RAW drive to a local data recovery service for help if you lost important data.

How to avoid RAW drive again?

Safely eject external drive: The most common cause of external drive suddenly becoming RAW is disconnecting external drive from a computer without using the "Safely Remove Hardware" option, so always use "Safely remove hardware" to safely eject external drive.

Back up important data: Data backup is the best way to prevent data loss.

Use the advanced file system: In the same situation, data recovery from NTFS file system is easier than exFAT/FAT32. Because of exFAT/FAT32 file system its own properties, the disk space stored large files (Such as videos) is not continuous so that the recovered large files cannot be opened, so NTFS file system is the best choice when storing large files.

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