Raw External HDD Not Formatted Error

The file system on external hard disk was NTFS or FAT32, but now it is showing RAW and it becomes inaccessible. Considering important data stored on the external hard disk, a lot of questions about RAW drive recovery are posted on different forums. For example:

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Data Recovery from RAW External Hard Disk

When external hard disk has RAW file system, you need to rely on professional data recovery software to get back inaccessible files. Data recovery software is able to recover data from all types of external hard disk when its file system has changed to RAW. You don’t need to access the external hard disk, but the data recovery software is able to perform deep scan on the RAW external hard disk and extract all files from the disk. This data recovery software works perfectly on Windows OS to help with data recovery with original quality effectively and efficiently. It is risk-free and quite easy to handle.

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How to Recover Data from RAW External Hard Disk

Step1. Free download, install and run the data recovery software. Connect the external hard disk to your computer and choose proper recovery option.

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Step2. Choose the RAW external hard disk, so the software will scan the selected drive in order to search for lost files. You need to wait during the scanning.

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Step3. Once the scanning is finished, you can preview the found files. Then, you can choose the files lost from the RAW external hard disk and restore them.

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How to Convert RAW External Hard Disk to NTFS

My 500GB Toshiba external hard disk has changed to RAW file system and becomes unreadable. I bought a data recovery program to retrieve files from the RAW external hard disk, because the software says that it is able to help me convert RAW external hard disk to NTFS without data loss. However, after using the software, I get back some lost files, but the external hard disk still shows RAW file system. How to recover deleted files from external hard disk after formatting it from RAW to NTFS?

Lots of data recovery software claim that they are able to help convert RAW drive to NTFS without data loss. In fact, all kinds of data recovery software can only help you recover files stored on the RAW drive. Usually, you need to format the external hard disk in order to change its file system from RAW to NTFS. After formatting, you can access the external hard disk normally but it will become empty. This is the reason why we recommend you to recover data from the external hard disk first of all before you can format it.

Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format External Hard Disk

Formatting is the best solution to change external hard disk from RAW to NTFS, but sometimes you may find that Windows was unable to complete the format your external hard disk by receiving message like "Windows was unable to complete the format" or "Windows couldn’t complete the format". Formatting the external hard disk drive by using Disk Management utility is still useless. In this situation, you may try to format your external hard disk by relying on professional format tool or you can run Diskpart command to try to format it.

If there are bad sectors on the external hard disk, Windows might also fail to format the drive. You may run error-checking tool to check and repair bad sectors on your external hard disk.

Have you ever encountered micro SD card RAW problem? If so, you can also use the data recovery software and follow the guide above to get back inaccessible files from unformatted micro SD card.


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