When your USB becomes RAW, you cannot access the data on it as normal. But don't worry, we will provide you an easy USB raw recovery solution to help you fix RAW USB drive without losing any data. If your USB drive, SD card, pen drive or other storage devices become RAW/inaccessible, read on to perform RAW USB recovery with EaseUS data recovery software and then fix the RAW USB.
USB Becomes the RAW Format, Help!
"I have a USB flash drive which has data on it. When I plugged it into my computer, a prompt appeared asking me to format the drive and the USB shown as a RAW format. There are important files on the device that I need to recovery. Does anyone know how to recover files from a RAW USB?"
The USB becoming the RAW format is a common issue that annoys users. When a USB becomes RAW, it means the data on the device will become inaccessible. You will not be able to access and open files such as documents, photos, emails, and more on your device. Thus, to fix the RAW USB, you first need to perform RAW USB recovery and then fix the USB drive in the RAW format. But before we show you the details, you may want to know more details about RAW USB drive.
Common Reasons for RAW USB Drive
Generally, your USB won't become RAW for no reason. The causes of the problem are traceable and they are:
- Your access to the USB is denied
- You USB is not formatted or is not formatted correctly
- The current file system of your USB is not recognized by the operating system of your computer
- Your USB drive is infected by a virus
Common Situations Indicate USB Becoming RAW
When your USB becomes the RAW format, the system doesn't necessarily show you a RAW USB directly. Instead, the notification you receive varies. When you meet one of the situations or error messages below while using a USB drive and check the property of the drive, it will show you that the file system is RAW.
- Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
- The file system is displayed as "RAW"
- Windows may show "Disk is not formatted. Do you want to format now?"
- File names contain "weird" characters
- "Sector not found" messages
When using some USB drives such as USB external hard disk, USB memory card, USB smart media or other storage media, we may encounter these frustrating notifications. Fortunately, there are ways to repair the RAW USB drive without losing any data. By recovering your precious files from your RAW USB and then fixing the RAW format, you can make your USB drive works properly again without data loss.
3-Step USB Raw Recovery Solution
Before you fix the USB in RAW format, you need to perform RAW USB drive recovery to keep your data safe. The professional disk recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can fully support RAW USB recovery. With it, you can recover all the files from your inaccessible USB drive easily. You can catch a glimpse of the software here:
- Supports RAW data recovery, deleted files recovery, formatted file recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, lost partition recovery, virus attack recovery, and other tough data recovery situations
- Recovers files from a USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, external hard drive, digital camera, music player, computer, etc.
- Retrieves almost all existing file types
Video Tutorial: Recover Files from RAW USB
Guide: Recover files from a flash drive turned RAW
Step 1. Run USB data recovery software.
Connect the USB flash drive to your computer and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software on your PC. Select your USB drive which marks as a removable disk, and click "Scan" to start finding your lost files.
Step 2. Scan all lost files from USB.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will thoroughly scan your USB flash drive and find all your lost data on it. After the scanning process, use the Filter feature to filter a specific file type. You can check and preview found USB files in this program.
Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.
A double-click will allow you to preview the file results. Choose the target files and click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.
When you have a RAW USB drive recovery, you can't just perform formatting directly as you are asked. Because it will delete all the existing files on the RAW USB drive, and we may lose the chance to recover files from the RAW USB drive. What you should do is to recover the files from the RAW USB drive first and then fix the problematic storage device. Since you cannot recover files from the RAW USB drive by hand, you should seek assistance from a third party tool.
As one of the best data recovery software for Windows, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a good recommendation for RAW USB drive recovery.
- 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)
3 Fixes to RAW USB Drive
As you may know, the sure way to fix a USB in RAW format is to format it. However, formatting the device is the last choice to try since it will remove all the existing files from your USB.
Method 1. Fix RAW USB Drive by Checking the Device
The Windows built-in feature can help you check the drive for file system errors and repair them by itself.
Step 1. Connect your USB drive to your computer.
Step 2. Go to "This PC" (in Windows 10). Under "Devices and drives", right-click your USB and choose "Properties".
Step 3. Click the "Tools" tab and then click "Check".
Step 4. In the "Error Checking" window, choose "Scan and repair drive" and wait for the process to finish.
Method 2. Repair RAW USB Drive via CMD
You may heard of that the chkdsk command is not available for RAW drive. That's not true. As long as your USB is still shown with a drive letter, you can use the command to check and repair the storage device.
Step 1. Connect your USB to your computer.
Step 2. Click the "search" icon in the taskbar and input cmd. Then right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".
Step 3. Enter chkdsk /f G: (G is the drive letter of your RAW drive) to fix your RAW USB.
After the repairing process, you can go to Disk Management to check whether your hard drive is repaired. If CHKDSK is not working, it's time for you to format your USB. Luckily, since you have recovered files from your USB in advance you can formatting the USB without any worries.
Method 3. Fix and Repair RAW USB Drive by Formatting
Step 1. Connect RAW USB/SD card/pen drive to your PC.
Step 2. Open "This PC/My Computer". Right-click the RAW USB drive, SD card or other RAW devices and Select "Format".
Step 3. Reset file system, rename USB drive, and then click "OK" to repair the RAW USB drive to NTFS/FAT32. After that, it will be reusable again.
There is more than one way to format a USB. In addition to the built-in features in Windows, you can also format the RAW USB with professional USB formatting tool. After the formatting, you can move the files back to the USB drive if you need to.
Generally speaking, it's easy to fix a RAW USB flash drive. But to keep your data safe, you will inevitably need the help of a third-party data recovery tool like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, it will perform RAW USB recovery successfully and can be also helpful in other data recovery situations. Get it and you will be capable of resolving the RAW issue fearlessly.
Applies To: USB flash drive, pen drive, SD card, external hard drive, and more
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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.