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RAW file system for Secondary Drive

I have a secondary hard drive on my desktop that has irreplaceable, necessary data. The drive was originally a 3TB WD My Book external drive that I tried to install internally. Then, I initialized the disk in "Disk Management" but it now says that I have to format the disk. I really can not lose the information on this disk. I tried opening command and using "chkdsk /f D:" --> (don't know why I used that command, saw it in another post and tried it) with the response "the type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK in not available for RAW drives."

I had some hints from some friends to try seeing the files with a Linux system. I booted Linux Mint with a USB drive, but when I clicked on the "RAW" drive that has the information I need, it says that the drive cannot be mounted. I went into the terminal and tried to mount it with no real direction on how to do that, and no real success either.

I'd hate to spend the $80 on a recovery program, when I could solve the problem for free, even if it might take some more work. I just don't really know how to do that.
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  1. Try recovering using ZAR( Zero Assumption Recovery):

    http://www.z-a-recovery.com/download.htm

    You can only recover some files at a time because this is the free version, it won't let you select all the files and folders. So you will just have to select some files and folders and save them to the computer, then close the software, then reopen the software again and then reapply the procedure.

    Follow this tutorial:

    http://www.z-a-recovery.com/unformat-tutorial.htm

    Hope it works.
  2. I have a little under 2TB of my media. I don't think a little at a time will work for me. If I absolutely have to I'll purchase the programs that will allow me to do all of my data at once, but If I can find loopholes to recovery programs, I'd like to do those first
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    mrjonathon said:
    I have a little under 2TB of my media. I don't think a little at a time will work for me. If I absolutely have to I'll purchase the programs that will allow me to do all of my data at once, but If I can find loopholes to recovery programs, I'd like to do those first


    Then purchase ZAR, that should work out for you. I currently have it and I used it alot for restoring RAW hardware formats.
  4. OKay thanks!
  5. mrjonathon said:
    OKay thanks!


    Your welcome
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