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How to Fix Raw Drive Without Formatting or Losing Data

How do you fix a RAW USB drive without format and recover its data? You cannot access files if your USB drive accidentally becomes RAW. Don't worry; this post will show you the answer.

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Your external hard disk, like USB drives, may suddenly become RAW, rendering you unable to retrieve the files saved. Reformatting is one method for repairing a RAW USB drive and making it usable again, but it will destroy all of your data. This post will show you how to fix RAW USB drive without format.

I saw that the file system is seen as RAW and is inaccessible. I tried error-checking, but it requires you to format it. I tried data recovery software, but all the files came out corrupted. My USB is Imation 4GB. Any suggestions?

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How to Recover Data from RAW USB Drive

Repairing a RAW USB drive without formatting and ensuring its files are recoverable is possible. Fortunately, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard lets you discover how to fix your RAW USB drive and recover data from the RAW USB drive.

The reason for using EaseUS RAW recovery software is that it can recover files from a USB that is already formatted. It is an expert in USB data recovery following deletion, partition loss, disk formatting, or virus assault.

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  • It can recover RAW, deleted, formatted, Recycle Bin emptied data, lost partition recovery, virus attack recovery, and other challenging data recovery circumstances.
  • It is a potent RAW recovery software that scans and recovers data from various drives in record time.
  • It recovers deleted files from all USB drive brands, including SanDisk, Seagate, Kingston, Toshiba, and Samsung.

Step 1. Select and scan the RAW partition

If the RAW partition contains a partition label, you can directly select it from drives list and click "Scan" to look for the lost files. If the RAW partition lost its label, it will be recognized as "Lost Partition", just select the "Lost Partition" and click "Scan" to initiate an overall scan on the RAW drive.

select RAW partition and click scan

Step 2. Preview found data from the scan result

After the scan is completed, all available files in the RAW hard drive will be displayed. View these files and find the files you want to recover. You can sort the scanned data by file format or search directly in the "Search files or folders" box. 

scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Recover data from RAW partition

Select all files and click "Recover" to get all the data back. Select another internal or external hard drive to save the recovered data and click "OK" to start RAW drive recovery.

recover all found data from RAW partition

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Fix RAW USB Drive Without Formatting by CHKDSK

If the USB drive appears RAW but still has a drive letter, you can repair the RAW drive using CMD. You can use the CHKDSK command line to repair it without formatting the RAW USB drive. Some may claim that CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives, although this is not the case. However, CHKDSK is a built-in Windows program for checking and recovering RAW file system or partition faults. As a result, it can be used to solve the problem of curing a RAW USB without formatting. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Connect your RAW USB hard drive to your computer.

RAW USB hard drive

Step 2. In the taskbar, click the "search" icon and type cmd. Then, right-click "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator".

run as administrator

Step 3. To repair your RAW external hard drive, type chkdsk j: /f /x and press Enter. (G is the letter assigned to your RAW drive.)

repair your RAW external hard drive

After the repair process, you can launch Disk Management to see if your hard disk has been fixed. 

Repair by Updating the RAW USB Driver

RAW drives can also be caused by incompatible, corrupted, or obsolete drivers, which you can update in a USB driver. If your machine is running an earlier version of Windows, you can access Device Manager by following these steps:

  • Right-click the Computer icon on the desktop
  • Select "Manage" - "Device Manager" from the left pane.

Step 1. In Windows 11, right-click on the "Start" menu and select "Device Manager".

Device Manager

Step 2. Look through the objects in the right pane to find the external hard disk.

Step 3. Right-click it and select "Update Driver".

Update Driver

Fix RAW USB Drive with Data Recovery Services

You may also use manual RAW data recovery services to fix RAW USB drives without format. These professionals excel at dealing with difficult recovery situations such as drive reformatting, RAW disk difficulties, partition loss, system boot errors, and virtual disk corruption.

Consult with EaseUS data recovery experts for one-on-one manual recovery service. We could offer the following services after a FREE diagnosis

  • Repair corrupted RAID structure, unbootable Windows OS, and corrupted virtual disk file
  • Recover/repair lost partition and re-partitioned drive
  • Unformat the hard drive and repair the raw drive(Bitlocker encrypted drive)
  • Fix disks that become GPT-protected partitions

In Conclusion

We have shown you how to repair a RAW USB drive without formatting it, so you won't lose any data even if you need to convert your RAW drive to NTFS. Remember that if an external hard drive becomes a RAW file system, you should never format it until all vital files have been restored. The first thing you should think about is RAW drive data recovery. Always take EaseUS data recovery software for PC as your first choice.

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How to Fix RAW USB Drive Without Formatting FAQs

If you still have some questions about RAW USB recovery, check the quick answers below to help yourself out:

1. How do I fix RAW USB not formatting?

If the drive appears RAW but still has a drive letter, you can use CMD to try to repair the RAW hard drive without formatting it. You can use CHKDSK to repair your RAW hard disk without formatting it. 

2. How do I access a RAW drive without formatting?

CHKDSK can repair a RAW USB without formatting

  • To open the Command Prompt, type CMD into the Windows search box. Then, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator.
  • Enter chkdsk e:/f and press the Return key.
  • Wait for the process to finish before checking to see if the problem has been resolved.

3. How do I fix a corrupted RAW flash drive?

  • In the taskbar, click the "search" icon and type cmd.
  • Then, right-click "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator".
  • Run chkdsk /f G: (G is the drive letter of your RAW drive) and hit Enter to repair your RAW USB drive.

4. How do you fix a RAW USB drive without format cmd?

You can try manual EaseUS data recovery services to fix RAW USB drives without format and the CMD lines. While numerous solutions are available online, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best program for restoring files from an RAW file system.

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