Does your computer have problem with reading USB flash drive because its file system has converted to RAW? Are you unable to access USB flash drive because Windows says you need to format disk drive before you can use it? Removable storage media like USB flash drive is often set to FAT32 or NTFS file system, which can be recognized by Windows. If your USB flash drive changes to RAW file system, the dilemma you have to face is whether to format the drive or not. Format option is able to change RAW file system to FAT32 or NTFS, but everything on the flash drive will lose. Unformat option will not erase the USB flash drive, but you cannot access anything on the USB drive.
Considering the situation above, you need to recover files off the USB flash drive when it has RAW file system and requires formatting. You can use data recovery software to extract files from RAW USB flash drive without any hurt to the flash drive. The data recovery software can work on all types of USB flash drive for lost data recovery. Without accessing the USB flash drive, but the data recovery software can help you recover all lost files with original quality efficiently. The data recovery software is risk-free and 100% safe to use.
Step1. Insert USB flash drive to your computer and free download data recovery software. Install, run the software and choose proper option.
Step2. Choose the USB flash drive to perform scan. You only need to wait patiently when the software is scanning.
Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning. Choose the files you want to recover and save them to any storage device instead of the RAW USB flash drive.
After data recovery, you can check if all important files have been restored. Maybe you have recover most of lost files with the data recovery software. If some important files still have not been recovered, you can run the data recovery software again to try to find more lost files. Sometimes, you may be unable to recover all lost files because some files might be overwritten. If files have been overwritten, you will be unable to recover them.
When files have been restored successfully, you can format the USB flash drive to convert raw to ntfs to fix raw drive and not formatted error. Or you may use RAW to NTFS/FAT32 converter software to change its file system to NTFS or FAT32 file system.
In order to format a USB thumb drive, the first important point is to make sure that it can be connected and recognized by your computer. When a thumb drive is not able to be formatted by Windows, you can try following methods:
1. Right click USB thumb drive on Windows computer and run error-checking tool to scan and repair errors.
2. Run antivirus software to scan the thumb drive to scan and fix virus.
3. Restore device defaults on USB flash drive
==>> To get more methods to fix the problem when Windows could not complete the format, please go to this page - Windows is not able to format error fix>>
When the file system of a USB flash drive changes to RAW, its total size, free space and used space will show 0 byte because Windows system was unable to recognize RAW file system. As a matter of fact, all files stored on the USB flash drive still remain intact there. By using data recovery software, you can recover the files. After formatting the USB flash drive from RAW to FAT32 or NTFS, the Windows system will recognize it normally and it will no longer show 0 byte.
As what mentioned above, you cannot access the USB flash drive when has not formatted error. If you want to fix the not formatted error on your USB flash drive with data back, the first step for you is to use the data recovery software to recover files from the flash drive. Then, you can fix the not formatted error on the USB flash drive by formatting. Usually, you can fix the USB drive not formatted error whether you full format or quick format the drive.
The data recovery software also allows you to recover files when micro SD card requires formatting and shows RAW format.
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