"I have a Lexar CF card for my digital camera, but it has RAW format error and disables me to access any file on the card. As long as I attempt to access any data, CF card tells that I need to format the card before I can use it. What should I do to fix the not formatted RAW error? How can I get back files on a RAW Lexar CF card for digital camera?"
It is common that CF card will reports not formatted error message when its file system has been changed to RAW. If you have any doubt on how to recover files from RAW CF card, you can follow the solution below.
The first thing you should do is to make clearly if there is any important data on the RAW CF card. Otherwise, you can go ahead to format the CF card from RAW to FAT32.
==> To know more solutions for CF card RAW error, please go to fix RAW drive without data loss
When CF card has RAW format error, the first thing you should do is to stop using the card. Then, you can attach the CF card to your computer and download iCare Data Recovery software to recover files from RAW CF card or perform RAW file recovery from compact flash card. iCare Data Recovery software is a read-only data recovery program, which is able to recover all types of files from different brands of CF card such as Lexar, SanDisk, Samsung, Toshiba, Kingston, etc when the card is not accessible due to RAW and unformatted error. This data recovery software provides and easy and safe way to help recover files from RAW CF card.
Step1. Connect the CF card to your computer. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on the computer. Run the software and choose a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the CF card as aim disk and then the software will scan it for lost files. You only need to wait when the software is scanning.
Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning. Then, you can choose the files you need and recover them.
Pay attention: The most important tip to recover not formatted CF card data is that you should not write new data to the card.
You can run CHKDSK tool to check CF card when it has RAW format, in which situation you may receive message like "The type of the file system is RAW. Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives". When CF card is in RAW format when using CHKDSK command, you had better not format the card at once because formatting will erase everything on the card and mark the space as empty for new data storage. If you accidentally write new data to the CF card after reformatting, the original data might be overwritten. Once the original data has been overwritten, you will lose the chance to get it back. In the other words, as long as the data is not overwritten, you can rely on iCare Data Recovery software to retrieve any type of files from CF card even when you receive CHKDSK RAW error message.
"Disk drive is not formatted do you want to format it now?" or "You need to format disk drive before you can use it". When CF card is in RAW file system, you will receive such kind of unformatted error message when you want to access files on the card. The reason why you get CF card not formatted error message is that system cannot recognize the RAW file system, so it asks you to format the CF card from RAW to FAT32 which can be recognized normally by system. If you want to fix the not formatted error, you can format the CF card when data has been recovered successfully. If you mistakenly formatted CF card before data recovery, you can still recover images from RAW CF card after format as long as the data is not overwritten.
When CF card warns not formatted message, you may click "Yes" to quick format the card without knowing that data will be erased after formatting. Or you might full format the CF card because you want to check and repair possible bad sectors and virus on the card. No matter you perform a quick format or full format, erased data can be recovered by using iCare Data Recovery software as long as you did not write any new data after formatting the CF card.
Well, when you attempt to format the RAW CF card to change its file system back to FAT32, you may meet another problem that Windows reports it was unable to complete the format on the CF card. Usually, when Windows reports this alert message, you may be unable to successfully format the CF card from RAW to FAT32 whether by quick format or full format.
==> In order to get the reasons why CF card cannot be formatted by Windows and learn how to fix the problem, please refer to solution for Windows was unable to complete the format