RAW Partition Recovery: How to Recover RAW Partition

Daisy updated on Dec 02, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

When your partition becomes RAW, you will not able to access the files on it and it won't be usable before you format it. Luckily, with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can perform RAW partition recovery before the formatting. By doing so, you can recover all the files from your RAW partition and then format it to get it work again.

Symptoms of Raw Partition

"Raw partition error" doesn't always happen, but exists indeed. It may happen to a local hard drive, external hard drive, USB, and other storage devices. It usually occurs with the following symptoms when the disk partition is corrupted or damaged:

A partition with the raw file system is inaccessible. When you encounter one of the above situations, unfortunately, you can't open the files such as documents, photos, emails, etc. on the problematic partition. If you have data existing on the partition and format the RAW partition directly, it will result in the loss of all the data on the partition.

So if the files are important, you can consider using a reliable disk data recovery software to recover the data first, then format it to make it work properly again. 

Free Download Raw Partition Recovery Software

Speaking of the professional and influential data recovery tools, you can't miss EaseUS hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

It fully supports RAW partition recovery. Whether it's your disk partition, USB, or external hard drive becoming RAW, the software can help you recover data from the RAW device.

Key Features of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Restore lost files, photos, audio, music, emails from RAW partition effectively and safely.
  • Recover deleted or lost files from the recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, USB, and other storage media.
  • Retrieve data from formatting, system crash, virus attack, hard disk failure due to the bad power supply, damaged block, etc.
  • Support users to preview the recoverable files.

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard now! Whenever you are facing a data recovery problem, trying it is always a good choice.

How to Recover RAW Partition with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Outranking equivalents with its usability and performance, EaseUS RAW partition recovery software makes it easy for you to complete the Raw partition recovery within only three steps.

Here's a video showing you how to fix the RAW drive. Watch this step-by-step guide to solve your problem.

Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery software on your Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, or Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003 computer. (The software also has excellent compatibility.) Then follow to recover data from your RAW partition.

Step 1. Select and scan the RAW partition.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the RAW partition where you lost your data and click "Scan".

If the RAW partition contains a partition label, you can directly select it to scan for the lost files. 

If the RAW partition lost its label, it will be recognized as "Lost Partition" in the program and you need to select the "Lost Partition" to find the lost data.

select RAW partition and click scan

Step 2. Preview found data from the scan result.

When the scanning completes, check and double-click to preview found files from "Deleted Partition", "Lost Files". Filter or Search can also help you access lost data via file types, names or extensions.

scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Recover found data from RAW partition.

Select all found files and click "Recover" to get all the data back. Save the found data to another secure location.

recover all found data from RAW partition

Now you have successfully recovered the files from your RAW partition to somewhere else. It's time for you to fix the RAW partition.

How to Fix RAW Partition

The quickest way to fix this is to format the raw partition immediately and use anti-virus software for full anti-virus. Although formatting is not the only way to fix the RAW issue, it's the most straightforward one.

Learn more methods, you may follow this article about: How to Recover and Fix RAW USB.

After you have recovered files from RAW partition successfully. Then you can format the raw drive to FAT/NTFS for regular use by following the steps below:

Step 1. Open "This PC/My Computer".

Step 2. Right-clicking the RAW drive and select "Format".

Step 3. Set up the file system and other options according to your needs and click "Start" > "OK".

format RAW partition

You can also format your RAW partition or learn how to do it with a professional hard drive formatting tool.


Instead of recovering data after the problem occurs, it's always preferable to prevent such problems from happening. By knowing why a partition becomes RAW, you can get a better understanding of the causes of the issue and of how to avoid it. The common reasons include:

  • Loose or broken cables
  • A sudden power cut as improper system shutdown
  • Changing file system incorrectly
  • Misoperations like ejecting the storage device improperly
  • Virus attack

Always grow a good habit of using the storage device. In addition, back up your important files with free backup software regularly and get a professional data recovery tool for your precious data. By doing so, you can reduce the chance of suffering from data loss.

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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, so 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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