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How to recover and use a drive with a RAW format.

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January 17, 2012 2:21:33 AM

My wife's seagate external 2 tb drive is having a problem. The drive is not recognized on her laptop. I have gone through the trobleshooting and connected the drive to another laptop and through computer management found that the data was raw and the drive is healthy. How do I recover the data and make the drive usable? Any help would be great!
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January 17, 2012 2:59:17 AM

RAW format usually means the OS can't read / doesn't see any information in the MBR/partition table to recognize any data, so it might be corrupted/erased.

There are ways to possibly re-write the MBR using the fixmbr command in XP or bootrec /fixmbr in Vista/7 both from the Recovery Console. I've never used the Vista/W7 one as we ain't there at work yet, but I have used the XP one and it was successful a few times (not nearly as often as I would hope...) I've also never tried this on an external drive (not allowed @ work for security reasons), but if possible, make DAMN sure to target the correct drive, as it will select your boot drive as stated in the articles.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 for Vista / W7
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window... for XP
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January 17, 2012 3:09:48 AM

I understand either of these two software products can recover the data from a HDD whose File System is corrupted to appear as "RAW". In BOTH cases, I believe, the software will NOT write to the troubled disk, it will only READ from it. That means that all the data it can recover MUST be written to a different disk, so you will need a spare HDD big enough to hold all the recovered data.

Check out GetDataBack NTFS here, and note how their free trial lets you examine all it can recover before you pay your fee and buy the package to complete the recovery process:

http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

Easeus Data Recovery Wizard from here has been used by many:

http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/

Note that, at lower right of that web page, you can click on the link "How to recover files from RAW drive?", and it takes you here to show you detailed process:

http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/recover-raw-dr...
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January 24, 2012 1:57:39 AM

I tried easeus data recovery and it didn't find any files. Having gone the companies web site to find a tutorial. I followed their directions and it found no files, no directories just nothing recoverable. I'm trying "test disk" to rebuild the boot sector and bring back the file system.
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November 27, 2012 6:19:57 AM

I am willing to share my experience with you.
Actually, I have ever encountered the same problem. So, I have searched a lot and finally found a free recovery program recommended by many web friends on the internet. And fortunately, it has recovered all of my photos, videos and files on this RAW drive. I still can remember it offered four recovery options for me to choose, though I had no idea of them. And I pressed the "Files Preview" button to see whether the data is recovered rightly.
You should try it:
http://raw-file-system.blogspot.com/2013/02/raw-drive-r... Note:
1. Stop using this drive right now to avoid overwrite the original data, which can erase the original data permanently.
2. Save your recovered files on a different storage device in case of recovery failure.
3. Format your drive after the recovery process to see whether it can work well again.
4. Always back up you data in the future.
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December 11, 2012 1:07:53 AM

ask4ycardrelikerkoler said:
I am willing to share my experience with you.
Actually, I have ever encountered the same problem. So, I have searched a lot and finally found a free recovery program recommended by many web friends on the internet. And fortunately, it has recovered all of my photos, videos and files on this RAW drive. I still can remember it offered four recovery options for me to choose, though I had no idea of them. And I pressed the "Files Preview" button to see whether the data is recovered rightly.
You should try it:
http://www.squidoo.com/change-raw-to-ntfs-without-any-d...
Note:
1. Stop using this drive right now to avoid overwrite the original data, which can erase the original data permanently.
2. Save your recovered files on a different storage device in case of recovery failure.
3. Format your drive after the recovery process to see whether it can work well again.
4. Always back up you data in the future.


Thank you so much for your brilliant answer. I just have the same problem on my flac files. I lost over 600GB of ripped music (FLAC files) on an external hard drive when Windows decided to run an overnight update while my computer was running a batch-file conversion on a bunch of old aiff files. The computer could no longer recognize the hard drive or find any files.
The free software showed me that the program could actually find and save those files.
Thanks again and a million times.
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December 11, 2012 2:11:06 AM

medmol said:
My wife's seagate external 2 tb drive is having a problem. The drive is not recognized on her laptop. I have gone through the trobleshooting and connected the drive to another laptop and through computer management found that the data was raw and the drive is healthy. How do I recover the data and make the drive usable? Any help would be great!
Thanks



I had the exact same problem as you and I really needed to get all of my data back. I looked on some other forums and found that the Photorec software worked the best for me and a lot of other people. My drive was 500gb and I left it searching from 6pm till the next morning around 7:30am. Given that your drive is double the size, I would find a time that you are not at the house or something and let it do its thing. Hope this helps!

Here is where you can download the program:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
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January 9, 2014 4:27:47 PM

thanks, this helped me.
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January 23, 2014 4:18:23 AM

Most of the time, the usb drive turns into raw format is caused by virus, so you may try anti virus software to scan the usb drive and kill the virus if there's any. You can download Microsoft Security Essential or AVG
http://goo.gl/rx1KFq
http://free.avg.com

After you making sure that the usb drive is clean, you can use usb drive data recovery tool to recover data from usb drive. see this step by step guide
http://goo.gl/6CmPjg

After you recovered all your data, you may do a low level format on the usb drive so that you can continue using it.

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January 26, 2014 5:15:59 PM

I just used TestDisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download), followed the Step-By-Step instructions (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step), and recovered my 250 gb external drive in about 10 hours.
Make sure that you copy all of your data out of the drive to a local drive before reformatting.
Please be aware that TestDisk is FREE, but Christophe Grenier spends his time developing. If your recovered data is worth anything, please consider donating.

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August 26, 2014 3:12:51 PM

dechy said:
RAW format usually means the OS can't read / doesn't see any information in the MBR/partition table to recognize any data, so it might be corrupted/erased.

There are ways to possibly re-write the MBR using the fixmbr command in XP or bootrec /fixmbr in Vista/7 both from the Recovery Console. I've never used the Vista/W7 one as we ain't there at work yet, but I have used the XP one and it was successful a few times (not nearly as often as I would hope...) I've also never tried this on an external drive (not allowed @ work for security reasons), but if possible, make DAMN sure to target the correct drive, as it will select your boot drive as stated in the articles.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 for Vista / W7
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window... for XP


I tried this. They tell you to run bootrec.exe at the command line prompt. bootrec.exe seems to want to run by default on the boot drive as it does not allow you to specify what drive to check. If a drive is raw is doesn't boot therefore this is USELESS except for drives that work but have some other problem.

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August 26, 2014 3:15:17 PM

EaseUS seems to be working on this RAW drive but it takes quite a long while. Many hours. It's showing the entire directory structure and individual files that it's finding. So, hopefully the actual content of those files will also be available when the utility completes its scan.
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August 26, 2014 8:18:29 PM

When the drive file subsystem is changed into RAW, the inner stored data will often be inaccessible before the formatting process. Therefore, without a drive data backup, the data inside could be really unsafe.
But, that’s not to say, there is not way to rescue the drive data before format. As long as it is not overwritten by anything else, you need some drive data recovery software.
Here, I have searched one thread in this forum for you to know more detailed information of RAW drive recovery:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/263779-32-change-file...
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