RAW XD Card Recovery when it shows RAW File System or has not formatted error

Last updated on 10/05/2019

How to recover data from memory card without formatting it from RAW to FAT32 when it shows not formatted error? This page guides you to recover data from raw xd card without formatting.

What is a "RAW" drive

CHKDSK error message - The type of the filesystem is RAW on XD card?

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If your XD memory card is damaged or corrupted, it may display files as "RAW" instead of "FAT32" or "NTFS". That means your files are damaged in either the New Technology File System (NTFS) or the File Allocation Table (FAT) file system. If your XD card has developed a RAW drive, the Windows will show file names with nonsensical or strange characters. In addition, Windows will pop-up some messages such as"sectors not found" or "the external disk space reads 0 bytes," or "you cannot access your files or data" or "Your hard disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now" or "Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail" and so on. All these warnings indicate that your CF card got a RAW error.

iCare Data Recovery Pro (recommended)

iCare Data Recovery Pro is a completely 2GB data recovery freeware. It can convert XD card RAW to NTFE and FAT32. It can also fix XD card not formatted error. This application can recover photos, video, audio and even document from raw drive, raw partition, or drive space shows 0 byte. It is full compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7.

Try repairing the XD card RAW problem by using the free recovery software iCare Data Recovery.

How to Recover XD Card Files from RAW

Before the recovery, download a copy of the free software. Install in on your PC or laptop.

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Step One: Plug your XD card into your computer. You can either insert it into the slot of card reader or use an adapter. Then boot the software to start the recovery.

Step Two: Select "Format Recovery" or "Deep Scan Recovery". "Format Recovery" can recover files when drive has a RAW error. With RAW searching technology, "Deep Scan Recovery" can scan your files sector-by-sector to make sure that all the lost files can be restored.

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Step Three: Click the RAW XD card.

Step Four: Then the scanning device starts working.

Step Five: Click "Show Files" to preview the lost files and choose the first partition.

wait while scanning

Step Six: Choose the files you intend to save. Press the button "Recover" to finish the process.

recover files

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For RAW drive fix on the XD card, you can format the XD picture card on your computer or by inserting it to your digital camera.

==>> If XD card cannot be formatted on any device, please go to this article - Windows cannot format error solution>>

Tips & Warnings

  1. Do not pull out your XD card when the camera or other device is on
  2. When your XD card has a RAW error, do not put new data on your card, which will overwrite the lost files and decrease the chance of completely recovery.

How to change raw xd card to ntfs or fat32?

Follow this guide to format raw xd to ntfs/fat32/exfat as you wish.

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