"When I connected my external hard drive to my computer, Windows 7 system recognized it as an external disk. However, when I clicked on the external hard drive to access files inside, Windows said you need to format disk in drive before you can use it. Checking the Properties of the external, the Capacity, Used space and Free space show 0 byte. And the file system of the external has changed to RAW. Now, what I want to know is how to recover data from the unformatted RAW external hard drive."
"System reports not formatted error on my WD Password external hard disk and disables me to access the drive, but I have many important files stored on this drive. Can I get back all those files without formatting the external hard drive? Thanks for any kind help!"
Unformatted error is a common error which occurs on different kinds of storage media. When you receive the unformatted error on external hard drive, the drive will become inaccessible. In this situation, the only solution for getting back those inaccessible files is to rely on read-only data recovery software - iCare Data Recovery. It can help you deep scan the unformatted external hard drive and copy all kinds of files off the drive. No matter how many files are stored on the external, the read-only data recovery software enables you to restore them such as videos, music, images, office files, etc in batch. This software supports various kinds of external hard drive including Seagate, Samsung, Western Digital, Hitachi, Maxtor, and more.
Step1. Connect the external hard drive to a Windows PC. Download and install the read-only data recovery software to the computer. Launch the software and select a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the unformatted external hard drive and let the software scan. You have no need to do anything but to wait before scanning is completed.
Step3. You are allowed to preview found images and office files after scanning. Then, you can select the files lost from the unformatted external HDD and recover them.
The data recovery software can work on almost all Windows Operating System such as Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, etc, so you can connect the unformatted external hard drive to Windows PC to perform lost data recovery. Usually, Windows system will show the external hard drive as a RAW drive when you receive not formatted error message. You do not need to worry because the data recovery software can detect an unformatted RAW drive and deep scan it for all types of files. It allows you to preview some files like images and office files after scanning so that you can check if they are the data you need. Some large files like videos cannot be previewed, but you can view them after recovering.
The data recovery software can merely help recover lost data from external HDD when you cannot access it due to not formatted error, but what can you do to fix the error? Usually, you can format the external hard drive to fix the error when all needed data has been retrieved successfully.
When external hard drive needs to be formatted, you may be quite wondering whether you can format it or not. Generally speaking, formatting will not lead you to lose everything on the card permanently, but it is very important that you cannot write any new data to the external hard drive. New added data might overwrite the original data, in which situation data will become unrecoverable. In order to avoid mistakenly writing new data to the external HDD after formatting, you had better not format it before data recovery.
If you have ever encountered unformatted error on external hard disk, you may also run into the situation that Windows cannot format the external whether you perform full format or quick format on it. When meeting such kind of problem, probably the external HDD has bad sectors. Therefore, you can try to check and repair bad sectors on the external by following the guide below: right click the external hard disk and choose "Properties" => click "Tool" =>> click "Check now" button under "Error-checking".
If you still want to format the external when receive message like "Windows was unable to complete the format", you can employ a format program. With a format program, you may be able to format the external successfully, but it may cause some damage to the external hard drive.
You can rely on the data recovery software to perform data recovery when you meet other similar issues. For instance:
Running into similar problem on an SD card and lose important files? Can you get back lost photos after formatting SD card when the SD card requires formatting and shows RAW? In this situation, you can also use the data recovery software to get back any lost file.
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