RAW Recovery: How to Recover Data from RAW Drive

Jean updated on Aug 14, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


When a hard drive partition displays itself as RAW in Disk Management, it cannot open until you format the disk. To fix a RAW drive without losing data, you need EaseUS RAW drive recovery software for help. Follow this page's full instruction, and try to recover data from a RAW drive, RAW partition, and RAW file system in HDD, USB flash drive, pen drive and SD card.

What's RAW Drive Recovery?

For a non-system disk, when you try to open it in Windows Explorer, it prompts you a window asking you to format the disk before you can use it. It's very likely that the disk has file system errors at the moment.

raw drive - you need to format the disk before you can use it

The "Format disk" usually fixes the hard drive problem, but it erases data on it. While clicking "Cancel" does not work, you'll be guided to the other error message: The volume does not contain a recognized file system.

raw drive - the volume does not contain a recognized file system

This is quite a common hard drive issue in Windows 10/8.1/8/7. When you cannot open a local drive or a removable disk, like a USB flash drive or SD card in this way, do not worry. It's usually because the hard disk file system becomes RAW. Go to Windows Disk Management(This PC/My Computer - Manage - Disk Management), and you will see the RAW drive like this.

raw hard drive in disk management

Besides, there are many other situations which suggest your hard drive become RAW. For example:

(1) Run the chkdsk command, and it says "the type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drive."

raw drive - the type of the file system is raw. chkdsk is not available for raw drives

(2) For the disk that contains the operating system, the computer cannot boot, and it says "Operating system not found".

In conclusion, many reasons would turn a new or used hard drive into RAW, and we give you some examples here.

  • System failure
  • Power issues
  • Disconnection without safe ejection
  • Power off a computer in the wrong way
  • HDD/USB/Memory card malfunction, bad sectors, or corruption

If it's a new hard drive you don't use at all, directly format the disk and convert RAW to NTFS or other file systems as instructed. This will bring it back to normal. However, if it's a hard drive that carries plenty of data, you need to use professional RAW drive recovery software to recover data from a RAW hard drive/partition. Next is a step by step guide to fix a RAW HDD/USB flash drive/pen drive/SD card without losing any data. Hope all of you can happily solve the RAW drive problem in the end. 

How to Recover Data from RAW Hard Drive/Partition

It's a pity to see a RAW drive, and you have to format it to make it usable again. Formatting a hard disk helps allocate a recognizable file system like NTFS, FAT, FAT32 to it, but disk formatting will completely erase data, and it's impossible to locate the lost data in recycle bin. Thus, we recommend you try to export data from the raw drive before formatting. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is such capable hard disk data recovery software, and it's super easy and quick to scan and recover data.

One good reason you must choose EaseUS RAW drive recovery software is that even you formatted the disk at first, you can still recover files from formatted hard drive without a hitch. It works as an all-round expert in retrieving data after deletion, partition loss, disk formatting or virus/trojan attack.

EaseUS RAW Drive Recovery Guide

Step 1. Locate and scan the RAW hard drive.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, locate the RAW drive and then click "Scan". The program will automatically scan all lost files and data on the RAW drive.

select the raw drive

Step 2. Find and preview found data in the RAW drive. 

When the scanning process finishes, find lost RAW drive data in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or "Existing Files". Filter and Search features also can locate the found files with ease. Check and double-click each file to preview them. 

scan the raw drive

Step 3. Restore and save RAW drive data.

Choose the found files from RAW Drive and click "Recover" to save the items to a new location.

select files and click recover
Do You Need Specialized 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)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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