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Freeware to Perform USB Flash Drive RAW Format Recovery

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How to Perform RAW Format Recovery?

Symptoms of RAW Flash Drive

Reasons causing RAW Flash Drive

Tips for USB Flash Drive Usage

Your USB flash drive becomes RAW? Windows prompts you to format your USB flash drive? You cannot open your USB drive?
Take it easy, all of these problems can be solved. Keep reading!

How to Perform RAW Format Recovery?

To put it straightforward, you need three things: your USB flash drive, iCare Data Recovery Pro, a USB connection cable. iCare Data Recovery Pro can be free download, and the other two things, I believe, you are already prepared. Plug your USB flash drive to computer via the cable. After the computer recognizes it as a drive letter, you can follow the step-by-step procedures to perform USB flash drive RAW format recovery.

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Step 1. Start iCare Data Recovery Pro. You will get a wizard containing four recovery modules. Choose a module for your case.
Step 2. Select your flash drive and click “Recover” button to scan all files existing on your USB flash drive.
Step 3. Then you will see a scanning wizard, which will automatically close after the scan. Tick a partition (normally, it is already ticked) to preview and choose “Show Files”.
Step 4. Check the quality of the recoverable files and mark those you want to recover. Hit “Save Files” to save them.

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After data recovery, you can perform RAW drive fix so as to convert the USB flash drive from RAW to NTFS or FAT32.

Symptoms of RAW Flash Drive

You must feel familiar with this message “drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now”. When windows warns you to format your USB flash drive, it means your flash drive gets damaged, and the data on the drive cannot be accessible. If you open the property of your drive, you will find that the file system has become RAW, and the available space is 0 byte. Then your USB flash drive is called a RAW flash drive. It also shows in other forms, such as the file names become weird and strange, drive cannot be detected etc. Although your flash drive becomes RAW, it is not useless yet. We cannot recover files from it, while the recovery software can do it.

Sometimes, your memory card might be unable to be detected by computer when it turns to RAW format. However, you do not need to worry because iCare Data Recovery software can also help recover data even if the memory card is not recognized by PC.

Reasons causing RAW Flash Drive

  1. USB flash drive is password protected. When the USB flash drive is password protected, windows cannot read or write it. You should firstly unlock it before plugging it into computer so that windows can open it.
  2. The file system is not compatible with the computer system. Sometimes, users may accidentally format the file drive to other format, while the computer system cannot recognize this format. Therefore, you should make sure that the format of files is compatible with the connected computer.
  3. The flash drive is corrupted by virus. When the file system is corrupted by virus, the files on it may become RAW, and cannot be accessed. You should download some anti-virus programs to prevent the virus attack.
  4. Manually operation leads to the corruption of USB flash drive. Strongly unplugging the USB flash drive when the process is still on will cause the damage of file system on the USB flash drive.

Tips for USB Flash Drive Usage

  1. Do not do as the windows message warning you to format your drive. Using iCare Data Recovery Free instantly to recover files on it.
  2. No more new data. If you input new data to your RAW file drive, the old data may lose permanently.
  3. Click “Safely Remove Hardware” when you want to pull your USB flash drive out. This option will notify windows to stop transferring data to/from it, in which case the file system can be protected. If windows prompts that your drive is still in use, you can not instantly unplug your drive, but close all related windows and programs to stop any operation on this flash drive. 

When USB flash drive turns to RAW file system, you will receive USB drive not formatted error message. Sometimes, you would select "Yes" to format the USB drive and then find that all data was erased due to formatting. In this situation, as long as you do not write any new data to the formatted flash drive, you can run iCare Data Recovery software to unformat flash memory and retrieve lost files.

 

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