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How to Recover RAW Disk to Get Back Files

Posted by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery 2016-08-15

Summary

Here is a reliable raw disk recovery solution. Try it to recover files from RAW disk/drive/partition or RAW USB drive in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/2003/2008/2012.

RAW disk recovery overview

We have read a lot of threads in forums like "The Windows tells me the disk in drive is not formatted, so I cannot access the disk to open files, what should I do?" The questioner may encounter Raw disk problem coming with one of the following symptoms:

  • Invalid media type reading drive
  • Abort, Retry, Fail?
  • File system is displayed as 'RAW'
  • File names contain 'weird' characters
  • Sector not found

Once encountering such a situation, some users may use chkdsk for raw drive recovery. However, it's not helpful at most times. And also, you can not confirm to format the disk because this action can erase all your data on the raw disk. Then what can you do to recover raw disk and access your data? Here we think the best way is to recover files from the RAW disk with professional Raw recovery software first, and then format the drive for reuse.

How to recover RAW disk with EaseUS raw data recovery software

Perform RAW disk recovery requires you to extract files from the RAW disk. And at this time, a reliable data recovery software available for raw disk data recovery is needed. Here we recommend you EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, a professional utility which is helpful for all data loss cases. Now you can follow the steps below to start your raw disk recovery job.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select RAW disk where you lost data and click "Scan".

Choose the file types you want to recover from raw disk

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan first to find lost or deleted RAW disk data;
After the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more data from RAW drive;

Scan the selected disk to restore raw disk

Step 3. Preview and restore lost RAW drive data;
You can preview found data by file types, select found data and click "Recover" to save them to another safe spot in PC/storage device.

Restore raw disk with EaseUS data recovery software

After finishing all the above steps, you are able to restore files from RAW disk, save them on your computer or other storage devices, and then perform a format action to fix the disk for reuse.

About RAW disk

The term RAW disk refers to the accessing of the data on a hard disk drive or other storage media directly at the individual byte level instead of through its file system as usually. A file system is the hierarchy of directories (also referred to as the directory tree) and files that is used to organize information on a computer. The use of file systems offers some important advantages for computers as compared with just using the HDD as a RAW disk. In particular, it provides a very intuitive means for organizing and finding files. Also, it provides a convenient means of hiding metadata that is of little interest to most users and would also be incomprehensible to most of them.