If Hard Disk Suddenly Became RAW, What Should You Do?

When a hard disk partition suddenly became RAW file system, you are likely to get one of the following error messages when you try to access it:

  • The disk in drive X: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
  • X: is not accessible. The file or dictionary is corrupted and unreadable.
  • You need to format the disk in drive X: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?
  • X: is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system.

If you receive one of these messages, how can you remove it without damaging data? In this post, you may find the best answer.

Note: to recover RAW partition; you need the help of professional partition management software - MiniTool Partition Wizard. So first of all, install this program on your computer. Then follow the guidance below.

After launching MiniTool Partition Wizard, find the RAW disk partition in the disk map area. Usually, three situations can appear in MiniTool Partition Wizard: the RAW drive is shown as unallocated, the RAW drive is shown as NTFS, and the RAW drive is shown as Other/Unformatted.

2. RAW Drive Is Shown as Unallocated

It is the most common situation which can be caused by damaged partition table. In this case, you can make use of the Partition Recovery feature to help you.

Step 1: Select the RAW disk and choose Partition Recovery feature from the action panel. Or right click the RAW disk and select Partition Recovery feature from the shortcut menu.

Step 2: Select a scanning range. It is recommended to choose Full Disk to continue.

Step 3: Now choose a scanning method. You can Quick Scan to take your chance. If it fails, choose Full Scan then.

Step 4: After the scanning, you can see the lost partition(s) on the RAW drive is(are) listed in the middle panel. Check the partition(s) you need and click Finish.

Step 5: Back to the main interface, please click Apply button in the top left corner to start recovering RAW drives.

Step 6: Last but not least, you still need to use the Change Letter feature to assign a drive letter to the partition(s) you need to access. Otherwise, the partition(s) will not appear in Windows Explorer.

2.RAW Drive Is Shown as NTFS

Many users also report that their RAW partition is shown as a normal NTFS partition in MiniTool Partition Wizard. If this is your case, you can do the followings:

Step 1: Select the RAW partition that is shown as NTFS partition in MiniTool Partition Wizard and chooses Check File System feature.

Step 2: In the pop-up window, choose Check & fix detected errors. Then click Start button and wait until MiniTool Partition Wizard finishes.

Tip: you can also try Partition Recovery feature and Shrink Partition feature. Some users report that they have recovered raw partition using these two functions.

3. RAW Drive Is Shown as Other/Unformatted

If your RAW drive is shown as Other (for hard drives)/Unformatted (for removable disks) in MiniTool Partition Wizard, you will have to do these things:

First of all, you have to recover data from the RAW drive.

This is very significant because you have no choice but to convert RAW drive to NTFS. Thus, data recover enjoys high priority. How can you recover data from the RAW drive? Here MiniTool Power Data Recovery is strongly recommended, which is powerful in the recovery of data from formatted, damaged and RAW partitions.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery. On the main interface, choose Damaged Partition Recovery.

Step 2: Then find the RAW drive by viewing its capacity to have a full scan.

Step 3: When the scanning is finished, you can see many volumes are listed there. Unfold each volume to check the data you need. You can make use of the Filter and Preview functions to help you find the desired data quickly. Finally, save your files to a safe location that is different from the RAW drive.

Note: Power Data Recovery only displays at most ten volumes each time if more partitions created in history are found. Thus, probably you can’t find the data you want. In this case, you can click the Back button to select other volumes for data recovery.

Secondly, convert RAW to NTFS.

By using the Format feature provided by MiniTool Partition Wizard or Disk Management, you can quickly convert raw to NTFS. Just follow the simple wizard to finish. After the conversion, you can transfer recovered data back, or save new data on the NTFS partition.

Reading here, guess you know how to carry out raw hard drive recovery if your hard disk partition became RAW. In short, by using MiniTool software, you can minimize the loss. For more detailed explanation, you may simply go to How to Fix: External Hard Disk Suddenly Became Raw.

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