How to Recover Data from RAW USB Drive
USB drive become raw is a problem that annoyed lots of users now and then. Here is the common case of this issue.
"I have a USB flash drive which has data on it but when I plug it in, a prompt appears asking to format the drive. I need to recover the data from this USB. It is approximately 500MB, and the USB shows as a RAW file system. Does anyone know how to recover files from usb?"
As you can see in the above situation, a raw USB drive is not accessible before you formatting it. To protect your data, in this page, we will introduce you an easy RAW drive recovery solution which shows you how to recover data from RAW usb drive in 3 simple steps.
Reason of RAW USB Drive
As we know, when we use some USB drives such as USB external hard disk, USB memory card, USB smart media or other storage media, we may encounter the following situation(s).
Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
File system is displayed as "RAW".
Windows may show "disk not formatted. Do you want to format now?"
File names contain "weird" characters.
"Sector not found" messages.
The reason for the above situations is that the partition of the USB drive is corrupt or damaged under Windows environment, that is why the guy raises the question in the data recovery forum, and the following is the most usual symptom.
When we happen to meet one of those problems while using a USB drive, we cannot access and open files such as documents, photos, emails, etc. If we check the property of the drive, it shows that file system is RAW.
3-step RAW USB Drive Recovery solution
When we search for a method for RAW USB drive recovery, we can't just perform format directly as we are asked, because it will result in overwrite or damage to the files in the data area of the RAW USB drive, and we will lose chance to recover files from the RAW USB drive. What we should do is to recover the files from RAW USB drive first before we perform format for RAW USB drive recovery.
Under Windows environment, we cannot recover files from RAW USB drive by hand, we should seek assistance from a third tool. Now what we need is data recovery software for RAW USB drive recovery, here EaseUS hard drive recovery software is recommended.
To recover data from RAW USB drive, follow these steps:
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best data recovery software to recover data loss due to format, deletion or recover lost data due to partition loss or damage, software crash, virus infection, unexpected shutdown or other unknown reasons from hardware RAID and storage media such as hard drive, USB drive, SD card, memory card, etc. under Windows.
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.
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.
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.
After we recover files from RAW USB drive and save to another place, we could perform format now, and then move the files to the USB drive. RAW USB drive recovery is finished successfully now.