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How to Recover Files or Data from Raw Hard Drive/Partition?

Updated on Jul 02, 2019 by Jean to Storage Media Recovery


This passage mainly introduces a professional solution for raw partition recovery and with the recommended solution you'll be able to recover raw hard drive data without any obstacles. If you are facing raw drive partition recovery issues, follow this passage and recover data from a raw partition on your own now.

Partition RAW issue

A partition or drive is usually used for saving and storing data on the computer and make people's life more convenient. But when the partition or hard drive becomes RAW, you can not access the data in it without formatting, however, formatting hard drive would cause data loss problems. This might make you stuck in a dilemma.

So how to fix this problem? Professional data recovery software may help.

Symptoms of RAW drive/partition

When you are having the below symptoms or having the following problems in your computer or hard drive partition, it means that you are having hard drive partition problems.

  • Invalid media type reading drive.
  • Abort, Retry, Fail?
  • The 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?".
  • File names contain "weird" characters.
  • "Sector not found" messages.

Don't worry about the problems in your hard drive partition. Here the following, effective solutions for raw data recovery.

How to recover Raw drive/partition data easily

It's a normal situation if you encounter the above case and have to format the drive to reuse the drive again. However, once formatting the drive, all the data on it will be gone and it will be almost impossible to get those files back. Therefore, it's highly recommended for you to extract data or files from the raw hard drive/partition before formatting.

1. Recover files/data from a RAW hard drive partition

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is an ideal solution for recovering RAW drive/partition data. It's fully compatible with all Windows and MacOS, allowing users to restore whatever they lost from SD card, USB drive, hard drive partition without any obstacles.

Step 1. Locate the RAW hard drive

  • Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your Windows PC or laptop.
  • Launch the software. Make sure that Windows has detected your RAW hard drive and correctly listed the drive letter on the disk map.
  • Left-click on the RAW drive and then click the "Scan" button.
select the raw drive

Step 2. Scan the data on the RAW hard drive

At this stage, the software would work very hard to search all data through the entire drive, and timely display the data as the scanning task goes on. 

Tip: users are allowed to pause the scan process for an instant recovery as soon as the target files show up, but it's better to stay and wait for a complete scan till the end.

scan the raw drive

Step 3. Check files under the "Extra Files" result

  • Besides the general scan results of all lost data on the selected drive, the "Extra Files" is specially designed for RAW hard drive/USB flash drive/micro SD card data recovery, under which you're likely to recover what you want with a high success rate.
  • Of course, check all the scan results if necessary. Choose the target files and click the "Recover" button. You should save the items to a new location.
select files and click recover

Do you need sepecialized Manual Data Recovery Services?

You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

2. Format RAW drive/partition

After recovering files from the drive, please format this drive with Windows built-in format tool.

Open My Computer or This PC > Right click the drive and select "Format" from the menu > Click OK.
Then the drive/partition will be reusable and you can move the data back to the drive partition or store new data on it again.