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RAW Flash Drive Recovery: Recover Files from RAW Flash Drive

Updated on Apr 27, 2018 by Daisy to Storage Media Recovery


USB flash drive or pen drive suddenly becomes raw format? Relax! Free download the best RAW flash drive recovery software to perform flash drive raw format recovery without losing any data. Follow to see how to repair raw flash drive, pen drive, SD card etc devices and restore lost data with simple clicks here now.

What is "RAW" drive or partition?

The term RAW disk refers to the accessing of the data on a hard drive disk (HDD) or other disk storage device or media directly at the individual byte level instead of through its file system as is usually done. Users cannot access the files on the RAW disk and if a disk reads as RAW in Windows, possible (but not all) symptoms are:

  • 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?" As the following picture.
  • File names contain "weird" characters.
  • "Sector not found" messages.

RAW disk partition

Flash drive or pen drive partition is more likely to become RAW format, as power supply, drive interface error and other reasons could cause flash drive become RAW easily.

How to recover files and data from RAW flash drive/pen drive?

Firstly, in some situations, it may be technically possible to recover a RAW disk. Formatting may solve your RAW disk problem and let you access the disk again, but all the important files on the RAW flash disk will be lost. Although data may be recoverable, it will be more difficult to recover files after you formatted the RAW partition. So when you encounter this problem, don't format the RAW partition. You'd better perform pen drive data recovery to recover files first, and then format the RAW drive/partition to access it.

Secondly, if you have formatted the RAW partition, don't write any files to this partition again, as it may make files corrupted and cannot be recovered again.

Step 1. Recover files from RAW flash drive/ pen drives - perform RAW data recovery

To do flash drive & pen drive RAW recovery, please first download the data recovery software from our website and install it on your computer.

1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the raw flash drive where you lost your data and click "Scan" button.

select raw flash drive to recover data

2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan first. After the quick scan completes, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

scan the RAW flash drive to recover lost files

3. After the scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable document and image 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 flash drive

Step 2. Repair and restore RAW flash drive/pen drive

After these steps, you've successfully restored lost data from RAW flash drive & pen drive recovery. And then you may just take it easy to format and repair the RAW drive. By this way, the RAW trouble has been blown over, and everything is back to normal.

  • Connect RAW USB or pen drive etc devices with PC;
  • Open This PC/My Computer  and right-click on RAW USB flash drive/pen drive;
  • Select Format and reset file system from RAW to NTFS/FAT32 etc format and click OK to repair RAW USB flash drive to reusable again.

After all of these steps, you can store found data and new data into the USB drive or pen drive again.