Solution for hard disk became RAW by Recovering files in RAW disk

questionQuestion: Is there any tool that could fix my Western Digital hard disk drive that had changed from NTFS to RAW? I connected my external USB to the IDE port and started downloading some files, however the hard disk stopped responding and I had performed a hard restart, and then my hdd showed RAW and reported disk is not formatted, do you want to format it now. However when I clicked to format it, system said it cannot be formatted.

Is there way to restore files from the RAW hdd?

answerSolution: Try iCare Data Recovery to restore files in the RAW HDD and then try TESTDISK to restore partition table.

Please download iCare Data Recovery and run the trial for HDD raw drive recovery. Connect your hdd as external device to a Windows system and then select "Deep Scan Recovery" to search lost files.

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Notice: All above symptom are caused since damages brought by virus or unknown reason that took partition table damaged even with external or USB or portable devices like pen drive, flash memory etc. The best method is to use iCare Data Recovery to restore files at first, then use TestDisk you may google the web to fix the partition table errors.

Why should you use iCare Data Recovery before TestDisk?

iCare Data Recovery is dedicated in data recovery. Whenever your hard disk encounters raw, you won't be able to access your files but recovery tools like iCare Data Recovery is able to get you there. If you care about your data, you should use iCare to restore your files at first, and then use TestDisk to restore partition table since TestDisk does not provide data safety but just restore your partition table. There might be great chance that your data would be corrupted if you just use Testdisk to fix the partition table error. So we recommend you restore files at first.


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For any unstated data loss rescue, we recommend you to use "Deep Scan Recovery" to search lost files.

The RAW drive error can happen on a memory card too. When a memory card turns to RAW file system, you may receive message like memory card needs to be reformatted. In this situation, data is recoverable from unformatted RAW memory card as long as you have not written any new data to the card.

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