Because no file system exists on the drive, you cannot access the drive, also you cannot access the files or folders on the drive, and it cannot be used to store data.
In this situation, you will get an error message like "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?
RAW file system symptoms
1. Windows prompts: "You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" When trying to open the drive in Windows Explorer.
2. Drive properties shows that both used space and free space are 0 bytes, file system is RAW or no file system type.
How to restore RAW to NTFS or recover data from RAW file system?
M3 Data Recovery is a RAW file system recovery software which can restore RAW to NTFS and recover data from RAW file system in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003. Download M3 Data Recovery now to fix RAW file system (Change/convert RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32) and recover data from RAW file system.
Tips: If the RAW file system drive is physically failed, M3 Data Recovery cannot restore RAW file system to NTFS, you need to send the physically failed RAW file system drive to a local data recovery service for help.
Solution 1: Restore RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32 without data loss
Step 1: After launching M3 Data Recovery, select RAW Drive Recovery module and then choose the RAW file system drive you want to restore.
Step 2: Click Next to scan the RAW file system drive you want to fix/repair.
Step 3: Check the files in RAW file system drive before you fix/repair.
Step 4: Click "Fix Drive" to restore RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32.
Solution 2: Recover data from RAW file system drive