How to recover files from RAW external hard drive?

There is a case I still remember, one friend told me like that, "I have a 320G USB external hard drive that was working perfectly and doesn't seem to have any errors on it at all - but after being attacked by an unknown virus, the external hard drive becomes RAW in My Computer and I inaccessible, I need the files back." He didn't dare to fix the problem by himself, so he asked help from me a computer fan. It's the first time I encountered such a huge external USB hard drive, I took a long time to search for an efficient method to help him recover files from the external RAW hard drive. At last I got data recovery software with powerful function for external hard drive RAW recovery and fix the RAW external hard drive successfully. If you want to know how to recover files from RAW external hard drive and fix the problem, just keep reading, the answer is in the article.

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Symptoms of external RAW hard drive

If we encounter one of following situations while using external hard drive, it means the partition in the external hard drive is corrupt.
* File system is displayed as "RAW".
* File names contain "weird" characters.
* Windows shows "This drive in disk is not formatted. Do you want to format now?"

RAW External Hard Drive

What should we do to deal with the external hard drive? All the problems restrain us to access the hard drive. According to the advice from experts, do not make any change to the hard drive before you try to recover files from the external hard drive. Because the files are most important, CHKDSK is not useful, and formatting may cause deeper damage to files, data recovery software for external hard drive files recovery is what we need most of all, and what I chose was the RAW external hard drive files recovery software, that is, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Steps of external hard drive RAW recovery

Now I will show how to recover files from external RAW hard drive with the external hard drive RAW recovery software: Data Recovery Wizard.

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

Choose the file types you want to recover from RAW external hard drive

Step 2. Select the disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files. If you lost your partition, select "Lost Disk Drives" and "Scan" to continue the recovery process.

Scan the selected RAW external hard drive to find all lost data

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 external hard drive

We can recover files with simple steps not only from external RAW hard drive but from many other storage media such as USB flash drive, memory card, SD card, etc.

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