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How to Recover Data from RAW USB Drive

Updated on Oct 18, 2018 by Daisy to Format Recovery


This article provides you a 3-step USB raw recovery solution to help you effortlessly repair RAW USB drive without losing any data. If your USB drive, SD card, pen drive or other storage devices become RAW/inaccessible, follow offered solution here to fix RAW USB and restore data with EaseUS data recovery software here now.

USB becomes RAW format, help!

The USB drive raw issue is a problem that annoyed lots of users now and then. Here is the common case of this issue.

"I have a USB flash drive which has data on it but when I plug it in, a prompt appears asking to format the drive. I need to recover the data from this USB. It is approximately 500MB, and the USB shows as a RAW file system. Does anyone know how to recover files from USB?"

As you can see in the above situation, a raw USB drive is not accessible before you format it. To protect your data, on this page, we will show you an easy RAW drive recovery solution which shows you how to recover data from RAW USB drive in 3 simple steps.

The reason for RAW USB Drive

As we know, when we use some USB drives such as USB external hard disk, USB memory card, USB smart media or other storage media, we may encounter the following situation(s).

Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
The file system is displayed as "RAW".
Windows may show "disk not formatted. Do you want to format now?"
File names contain "weird" characters.
"Sector not found" messages.

Disk is not formatted

When we happen to meet one of those problems while using a USB drive, we cannot access and open files such as documents, photos, emails, etc. If we check the property of the drive, it shows that the file system is RAW.

RAW USB drive property

3-step RAW USB Drive Recovery solution

When we search for a method for RAW USB drive recovery, we can't just perform format directly as we are asked, because it will result in overwrite or damage to the files in the data area of the RAW USB drive, and we will lose the chance to recover files from the RAW USB drive. What we should do is to recover the files from RAW USB drive first before we perform format for RAW USB drive recovery.

In the Windows environment, we cannot recover files from RAW USB drive by hand, we should seek assistance from a third tool. Now what we need is data recovery software for RAW USB drive recovery, here EaseUS hard drive recovery software is recommended.

Recover data from RAW USB drive with EaseUS Raw recovery software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best data recovery software to recover data loss due to format, deletion or recover lost data due to partition loss or damage, software crash, virus infection, unexpected shutdown or other unknown reasons from hardware RAID and storage media such as hard drive, USB drive, SD card, memory card, etc. under Windows.

Please stop using your USB flash drive once you lose files on it, in case newly produced data overwrite entries to the lost files.

Step 1. Connect USB to your PC and run USB data recovery software.

  • Connect the USB flash drive on which your files to your computer and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Select your USB drive under External Devices and click Scan to start finding your lost files.
Select USB to scan and find lost files.

Step 2. Scan to find all lost files from USB.

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will thoroughly scan your USB flash drive and find all your lost data on it.
Scan USB drive to find lost files.

Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.

  • After the scanning process, you can check and preview found USB files in this program.
  • "Deleted Files" is for you to find deleted files. And "Lost Partition Files" is quick access to find formatted data.
  • Double-click the files to preview and choose available ones, click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices
Restore lost USB data.

Fix and repair RAW USB drive by formatting:

After we recover files from RAW USB drive and save to another place, you could perform format now:

  1. 1. Connect RAW USB/SD/Pen drive etc devices with PC.
  2. 2. Open This PC/My Computer and right-click RAW USB drive, SD card or other RAW devices > Select Format.
  3. 3. Reset file system and rename USB drive and click OK to repair RAW USB drive to NTFS/FAT32 reusable again.

And then move the files to the USB drive. RAW USB drive recovery is finished successfully now.