How to recover files from RAW external hard drive?

External hard drive with lots of data has suddenly became raw and inaccessible. How to get the important data out of it and fix the raw external hard drive?

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 file recovery software, that is, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

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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.

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

Step 4. After you have successfully recover files from the raw external hard drive, you can format the external drive to FAT/NFTS. After formatting, it will be normal and can be used again.

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