Consider a scenario: When you connected the external hard drive to your computer you got an error message, “The Drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”. As you didn’t understand the message, you simply clicked on “Cancel” option of the pop-up box provided by Windows OS. The same error persisted even when connected to other computers. So, you are not able to access the files on the drive and you do not wish to format the drive as it will wipe all the data important to you.
Hard drive turned RAW drive
The format error message is an indication that the hard drive has turned RAW. It happens when your computer fails to identify the file system because the file system is corrupted or damaged. A RAW drive will not let you read or write files on the drive storage. Hence, the general way to resolve this problem by installing a new file system and to do so, you need to format the hard drive. This, unfortunately, will erase all the data saved on the hard drive. Therefore, you might not continue to format the disk as you don't want to lose any files residing on the RAW drive.
Retrieve data from RAW drive without formatting or losing data
Yes, you don't have to worry about restoring files from a RAW hard drive. You can instantly retrieve data from the RAW drive using a reliable tool known as Drive Recovery Software. Though you are unable to read the files in the raw hard drive, this program uses its powerful scan engine to extract the data from the disk without hassle. You can utilize this recovery application to regain data from the turned raw because of the following reasons-
The Drive Recovery Software thoroughly scans the entire hard drive and recovers all your precious data such as images, songs, videos, documents, compressed files, PPT files, emails, etc. that are missing/inaccessible from a RAW hard drive. It even helps you to recover data from a crashed hard drive, formatted/reformatted drive, unbootable hard drive, etc. You can easily install this recovery program to RAW drive data on all the latest versions of Windows and Mac Operating Systems.
With the help of this software, you can even recover data from storage devices such as an external hard drive, memory cards, flash drives, USB drives, iPods, etc. Find more details on how to recover data from a Western Digital drive within a couple of minutes.
It can even rescue missing data from partitions such as FAT 16, FAT 32, exFAT, NTFS and NTFS5. Hence, it is one of the most recommended software for recovering a RAW drive. Use the demo version of the software to understand the ease of recovering RAW drive data.
Step 1: Run the Drive Recovery Software on a healthy computer and connect the RAW hard disk to it.
Step 2: Select Recover Partitions option on the home window. Now choose the RAW hard disk drive for scanning and click on Scan button.
Figure 1: Main Window
Step 3: The scan window appears which shows the status of recovery.
Figure 2: Scanning for Files
Step 3: The recovered file items will be displayed in File Type View and Data View panes.
Figure 3: Recovered Files
Step 4: Review the file items and mark them for saving.
Figure 4: Preview
Step 5: Save the files to an appropriate file location and hit on the Save button.
Figure 5: Save Recovered Files
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