Recover Data from RAW Drives

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RAW hard drive generally refers to an unformatted disk. A partition having no file system or one which is in its native mode is called a RAW partition. When a disk suffers virus attack or improper operation then the disk may appear as unformatted new disk. Since there is no file system on the disk, it may give the message "the partition need to be formatted". If a partition is corrupted the Windows prompts and show warning as “invalid media” or “disk not formatted” or "Sector not found" or the file system displayed as RAW. All properties such as partition size or available space of a RAW disk partition are not displayed normally suggesting that the disk has become a RAW partition. If your hard drive becomes inaccessible showing any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should take care of following things:

  • Never format the inaccessible drive when you see “The disk not formatted” warning because doing so may further make the recovery process complicated or sometimes even impossible.
  • Stop using the drive as soon as you realize that the disk has become a RAW drive because if you continue to write new data into the drive, the raw data will be overwritten and therefore, it will become impossible to retrieve those raw data .
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In order to recover data from RAW drive try to recover data by using a raw recovery tool without doing anything else on the raw drive. There are so many freeware available online to recover RAW drives but using any un-trusted tool can result in a loss.

Data recovery software is an expert recommended tool for restoring data from RAW drive. This software is even useful to recover files and folders from non-bootable hard disk or from hard drive having bad sectors. There are instances when RAID functionality becomes faulty or less sufficient due to some internal errors, so its recovery becomes vital especially for professional users because they are at a risk of losing their valuable data. In such cases to recover data from RAID 5 you can make use of this reliable data recovery software. Find More details in the provided link regarding RAID 5 recovery. This tool search for all available drives on your computer and retrieve your important files and folders. It can recover 300 types of file from different storage media including flash memory cards, USB drives, SD cards, Fire Wire drives, etc. You can perform data recovery from bad sectors of hard drive due to logical errors, due to Overclocking,exposed to overheating, power surges, extreme read or write operations, usage of the same hard drive & malware attack. It performs a scanning process and recovers all types of files like documents, emails, presentations, photos and a lot more within a few mouse clicks. It can also recover data from SD card of your camera or camcorder. Navigate to http://www.recover-data.org/sd-card.html link to get more info about how to restore SD card files.

Step 1 Download and install the software. On the welcome screen three options will appear you need to click on "Recover Partitions / Drives" option as shown below in Figure 1.

Recover Data from External Hard Drive - Main Screen

Figure 1: Home Page

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Step 2: Next you will find a screen with list of available drives. You have to select appropriate drive to recover files from RAW drive. Select drive and press "Next" option to proceed for the next step.

Recover Data from External Hard Drive - Select External Hard Drive

Figure 2: Select RAW disk

Step 3: After completion of scanning the RAW drive, it will show you a list of retrieved files and folders as shown in Figure 3.

Recover Data from External Hard Drive - File View of Recovered Data

Figure 3: File View of Recovered Data

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