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How to Convert RAW External HDD to NTFS or How to Format RAW Drive ?

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November 3, 2011 5:43:29 AM

Hello,
I have External HDD 1.5TB and due to unknown reason i could not read file from it. I tried to format it and due to taking many days i stopped it and now it shows RAW HDD. I want to make it working anyway.
a c 289 G Storage
November 3, 2011 12:25:07 PM

Oh, dear. The files that were on it are probably lost.

Other than that, it sounds like the drive is _broken_ and you need a new one. You can always
1) Remove it from the external case and attach it to the motherboard directly.
2) Use Disk Manager to erase any partitions and re-initialize the drive.
3) Use Disk Manager to create one big partition.
4) Use Disk Manager to format said partition

I'm afraid that the possibility of recovering your data went out the window when you formatted it. Still conceivable and, if you want that data, don't do steps 2-4 above. You can always download the manufacturer's diagnostics and run diagnostics on the drive, to see if it tests clean or broken.
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November 13, 2011 8:48:19 AM

Thanx WyomingKnot,

Disk format is taking quite long time and progress bar (in %) is not moving beyond 1% after waiting even more then 24 hours. I don't understand what to do now.

Please guide me.

Thanx
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a c 289 G Storage
November 14, 2011 11:53:03 AM

Unless someone here who is better with drives than I am weighs in, in your position I would
1) Try to format it on another machine
2) Download the manufacturer's diagnostics and run them
3) Throw out the drive unless it passes both of the above.
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November 14, 2011 12:21:39 PM

If you are good with Linux, you could try partitioning it with any of the Linux builds, Ubuntu and Fedora both have a good GUI based partitioning tool. I have found that Linux systems are better than Windows systems when it comes to partitioning.
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October 25, 2012 4:08:44 AM

RAW drive can be caused by many possibles reasons. But no matter what caused the consequence, you have to forma it, for raw file or drive can not work under the windows.
But, if you still want to get out the data there, you can take a recovery program to have a try, such as Recuva, PC Inspector, iCare Data Recovery Free, and Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free, etc. But i am not sure you can recover them all back after reading your description.
Don't give up!
You still have to chance, just have a try!
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February 16, 2013 4:21:59 AM

hingoom said:
Hello,
I have External HDD 1.5TB and due to unknown reason i could not read file from it. I tried to format it and due to taking many days i stopped it and now it shows RAW HDD. I want to make it working anyway.



Agree with rawjiushini, download easeus data recovery for free, and recover data u want, then format the disk.
this thing happens when u disconnect drive abruptly..i mean by not using safely remove option..
u can download free software from here http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7948445/EASEUS_Data_Reco...

its a torrent file, u need a torrent software to download it,, but it works nicely
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February 17, 2013 3:13:18 AM

rawjiushini said:
RAW drive can be caused by many possibles reasons. But no matter what caused the consequence, you have to forma it, for raw file or drive can not work under the windows.
But, if you still want to get out the data there, you can take a recovery program to have a try, such as Recuva, PC Inspector, iCare Data Recovery Free, and Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free, etc. But i am not sure you can recover them all back after reading your description.
Don't give up!
You still have to chance, just have a try!

Yes! You are right! The RAW drive data absolutely could be recovered at the aid of a right recovery tool before the format.
As a matter of fact, last month, my WD 2Tb drive also strangely became RAW and inaccessible. However, it had saved my homework and pitifully forgot to back up it. What an unlucky girl! But, fortunately, I finally found this thread and tried the iCare recovery freeware. Now, I have recovered all my data back.
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!
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