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How could I recover data from my RAW hard disk?

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April 2, 2013 8:39:29 PM

Thank you in advance!
I have a problem with my WD flash drive that is displayed as “RAW file system” on my computer recently. Consequently, I cannot access the inner content. But, it is my backup drive. I have saved a lot of important files there.
Could you tell me how to access my flash drive or convert the RAW file system to previous NTFS? Help, please!
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April 2, 2013 8:45:26 PM

What system did u use to store the files?
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April 2, 2013 8:53:23 PM

My computer uses Windows XP. Is that what you want to know?
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April 2, 2013 9:04:02 PM

The fact that drive is showing as raw probably means the flash drive is failing. It doesn't sound good for recovering all your files.

Try a program like EASEUS Data Recovery: http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/recover-raw-dr...

Remember to keep at least 2 good backup copies of any data you want to keep for a long period of time, personally I've had several flash drives fail without any warning. For this reason I don't have a lot of faith in them for serious storage.
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April 2, 2013 10:25:03 PM

I don’t know whether your RAW drive is failing or not. But, I do know that you absolutely need data recovery software to take a chance.

Here is a hard disk data recovery freeware that has ever helped my friend restore all his data back: http://www.freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/03/hard-disk-...

Or you prefer to read more information about data recovery and select an efficient recovery tool by yourself:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_recovery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_data_recovery_soft...

Next time, you should learn a lesson to back up all your important data on at least two drives.
One more thing, after the data recovery process, you should try to format this drive to see whether it could work. Otherwise, you have to replace it.
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April 2, 2013 10:52:50 PM

i know one data recovery software called minitool data recovery, you can have a try,

Damaged Partition Recovery module is the most powerful data recovery module of it. For example: If a drive is displayed as RAW and Windows asks - "Do you want to format this drive?". This problem can be solved by using this data recovery module quickly.

( from its official website. good luck~
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April 2, 2013 11:00:01 PM

This is probably a grey area as if it is a stolen or found USB drive we would be helping you commit a crime.
We don't know if you actually own this drive or not so we cannot tell you how to access the data on this drive.
My suggestion would be to take it to a recovery specialist and get them to do it as they would ask for the proper proof of ownership!
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April 2, 2013 11:01:22 PM

Silvialoolo said:
I don’t know whether your RAW drive is failing or not. But, I do know that you absolutely need data recovery software to take a chance.

Here is a hard disk data recovery freeware that has ever helped my friend restore all his data back: http://www.freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/03/hard-disk-...

Or you prefer to read more information about data recovery and select an efficient recovery tool by yourself:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_recovery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_data_recovery_soft...

Next time, you should learn a lesson to back up all your important data on at least two drives.
One more thing, after the data recovery process, you should try to format this drive to see whether it could work. Otherwise, you have to replace it.

Thank you!
I have read your mentioned articles of data recovery and learned a lot. Your recommended data recovery freeware works well on my hard disk. Now, I have restored all of my data back.
After the data recovery process, I also formatted this hard disk. Now, this disk also works well again.
Thank you very much.
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April 2, 2013 11:02:11 PM

Thank you for your prompt replies.
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December 30, 2013 8:46:39 AM

mariary said:
i know one data recovery software called minitool data recovery, you can have a try,

Damaged Partition Recovery module is the most powerful data recovery module of it. For example: If a drive is displayed as RAW and Windows asks - "Do you want to format this drive?". This problem can be solved by using this data recovery module quickly.

( from its official website. good luck~


Thanks for the tip!
This was the only tool that really worked for me.
Cheers
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