Windows 8 RAW Partition Data Recovery

How is it possible to recover inaccessible data from a partition that turns to RAW file system on Windows 8 operating system? Whether it is a internal hard disk partition or a removable hard disk, it usually shows NTFS file system or FAT32 file system on Windows 8. However, if any disk partition turns to RAW file system from NTFS or FAT32 file system on Windows 8, you will face trouble to access data stored on the partition. Probably, you will encounter RAW error on Windows 8 in following situations:

This article will tell you solution for lost data recovery when Windows 8 reports RAW error on any device.

How to Recover Files from RAW Partition on Windows 8?

When you are unable to access data from a RAW partition on Windows 8, you can use iCare Data Recovery to deep scan the partition and recover all inaccessible data:

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Step1. Free download and install iCare Data Recovery o Windows 8. Then, launch the software and select a proper scan mode.

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Step2. Choose the RAW partition and wait the software to deep scan it to search lost files.

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Step3. Preview files when scanning is completed and then save the lost files to another partition.

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Hard Disk Partition Is RAW Format on Windows 8

You have to install on hard disk drive at least on your computer in order to make it work normally. Whether you install Windows 8 operating system or save any data to your computer, all information will be stored on the hard disk partition. Therefore, it will be a headache if hard disk partition turns to RAW file system on Windows 8, in which situation you have no way to access the partition to read or write any data. Windows 8 will ask you to reformat the RAW partition so as to convert RAW to NTFS or change file system from RAW to FAT32, after which you can access the partition normally. However, you will get nothing though you are able to access the partition after formatting it from RAW to NTFS or FAT32 file system because formatting will erase everything stored on t he hard disk partition.

Why Windows 8 Says RAW Error on Hard Drive?

1. Hard drive contains bad sectors. If a hard drive contains bad sectors, you may receive disk drive not formatted error on the hard drive and its file system usually turns to RAW format.

2. Hard drive file system is corrupted due to virus infection. The computer might be attacked by different kinds of virus whether you have installed antivirus software on your computer or not, especially if you often like to visit some unsafe websites.

3. Hard drive is damaged or corrupted due to sudden power outage or other reasons, so Windows 8 is unable to read it normally and considers it as a RAW partition.

CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Partition on Windows 8

A partition usually has 0 byte space though you have many files stored on it. Sometimes, you may receive message like CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives when you attempt to run CHKDSK command to access the partition or fix the problem. You usually need to format the RAW partition in order to fix the RAW drive error.

Memory Card Shows RAW Error on Windows 8

Do you think that RAW drive error only occurs on computer’s internal hard disk drive? In fact, you may face the problem on a memory card when you connect it to your computer. Windows 8 system will show similar error message when you attempt to access a RAW memory card on your computer, so you can use the same method to fix the problem when memory card turns to RAW file system and becomes inaccessible on Windows 8.

Pen Drive RAW Format on Windows 8

Pen drive is a type of storage device, which is able to work on different operating system. People usually connect a pen drive to computer to save or transfer data. If a pen drive turns to RAW format on Windows 8 operating system, you cannot write or transfer any data from the drive.
A removable disk is easy to be corrupted due to improper operation, such as,

  • Remove memory card without switching off mobile phone or digital camera
  • Unplug external hard drive to computer unsafely
  • Data transferring interruption due to sudden power surge
  • More other similar reasons like virus attack, bad sectors and more

Therefore, you should handle everything carefully in order to avoid such kind of problem.

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