How to Recover Files from RAW Flash Drive/Partition

Summary: Fail to access your data because flash drive or pen drive become raw format? don't worry! This page talks about what is raw drive partition and offers you best raw recovery software for raw flash drive recovery and pen drive raw recovery. It can help you fully recover data when hard drive showing as raw.

What is "RAW" drive partition?

The term RAW disk refers to the accessing of the data on a hard drive disk (HDD) or other disk storage device or media directly at the individual byte level instead of through its file system as is usually done. Users cannot access the files on the RAW disk and if a disk reads as RAW in Windows, possible (but not all) symptoms are:

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

File system is displayed as "RAW".

Windows may ask if you want to format the drive, such as warning "disk not formatted. Do you want to format now?" As the follow picture.

File names contain "weird" characters.

"Sector not found" messages.

RAW disk partition

Flash drive or pen drive partition is more likely to become RAW format, as power supply, drive interface error and other reasons could cause flash drive become RAW easily.

Flash drive & pen drive RAW recovery attentions

Firstly, in some situations it may be technically possible to recover a RAW disk. Format may solve your RAW disk problem and let you access the disk again, but all the important files on the RAW flash disk will be lost. Although data may be recoverable, it will be more difficult and recovers fewer files after you formatted the RAW partition. So when you encounter this problem, don't format the RAW partition. You'd better recover files from it first, and then format the RAW drive/partition to access it.

Secondly, if you have formatted the RAW partition, don't write any files to this partition again, as it may make files corrupted and cannot be recovered again.

How to do flash drive/ pen drive RAW recovery

To do flash drive & pen drive RAW recovery, please first download the data recovery software from our website and install it on your computer.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover from the raw flash drive. Then click "Next" button to move to the next step.

Choose which types of files you want to recover from raw flash drive

Step 2. Select the raw flash drive where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files.

Choose to scan the RAW flash drive to recover lost files

Step 3. After scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable files one by one and select out those you want. Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once. Here you should save all the recovered files on another disk to avoid data overwriting.

Preview and recover files from RAW flash drive

After these steps, you will successfully do flash drive & pen drive RAW recovery and then take it easy to format the RAW drive. By this way, the RAW trouble has been blown over, and everything is back to normal.

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