RAW file system recovery, RAW to NTFS/FAT32, RAW file system data recovery

A RAW file system simply means that the file system is not recognized by Windows OS. Therefore all the available file system drivers are unable to mount the file system as a drive. This often happens when the records determining the file system type or location on the disk are damaged or corrupted, usually the partition table (MBR) or the boot sector (DBR).

Since Windows sees no file system in the partition, it prompts "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 the data stored on this drive. How to access the data stored on RAW partition if I don't format it?

Drive not formatted error

How to solve RAW file system issue when encountering it? Here provides three solutions to solve RAW file system issue: free RAW file system recovery, convert RAW file system to FAT32/NTFS, RAW file system data recovery.

Free RAW file system recovery

Chkdsk is a system tool built-in Windows, it verifies the file system integrity of a volume and fixes logical file system errors.

Tutorial to fix RAW file system with chkdsk:

1. Connect RAW drive to a Windows computer.

2. Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in a search bar, right click "Command Prompt", select "Run as administrator".

3. Type in "chkdsk raw drive letter /f" to start to fix RAW file system.

When running chkdsk on RAW drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW USB drive, RAW memory card, RAW SD card, Windows prompts: "The type of the file system is RAW. chkdsk is not available for RAW drives" as below:

 CHKDSK is not available for RAW drive

This error means RAW drive cannot be fixed by chkdsk, please try following solutions.

Convert RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32 without data loss

M3 Data Recovery is a professional RAW drive data recovery software which can fix RAW file system (Change/convert RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32) and recover data from RAW file system in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003. If the RAW file system drive is physically failed, please send it to a local data recovery service for help.

Step 1: After launching M3 Data Recovery, select RAW Drive Recovery module and then choose the RAW file system drive you want to restore.

RAW file system recovery software

Step 2: Click Next to scan the RAW file system drive you want to fix/repair.

Scan RAW file system

Step 3: Check the files in RAW file system drive before you fix/repair.

Fix RAW file system

Step 4: Click "Fix Drive" to restore RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32.

Restore RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32

If RAW file system cannot be fixed, please switch to Data Recovery mode as below and then recover data from RAW file system. After data recovery is successfully done from RAW file system, please try to reformat it, the RAW drive will be working again if the format completes.

Recover data from RAW file system

M3 Data Recovery also provides powerful data recovery function which can recover data from RAW file system, RAW partition, RAW hard drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW USB flash drive, RAW SD card, etc.

Tutorial to recover data from RAW file system with M3 Data Recovery

Step 1: Choose "Data Recovery" module on M3 Data Recovery home window.

RAW file system data recovery software

Step 2: Select RAW file system drive and click Next to continue.

Scan the lost data from RAW file system

Step 3: After M3 Data Recovery finds lost data, please select the files you want to expect and click Recover to start recovery.

Recover data from RAW file system

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