How do you format a RAW thumb drive with data back when it is not accessible on computer? It is always a hard issue for many people to format a thumb drive from RAW file system to FAT32 with data back, because they often realize that all data has been erased permanently after formatting a RAW thumb drive. In order to prevent previous inaccessible data from being erased permanently due to formatting, we advise you to extract all files off the RAW thumb drive at first before formatting it. Then, how do you extract files off an inaccessible thumb drive that turns to RAW file system?
A data recovery program is needed in order to recover data off a RAW drive. iCare Data Recovery Pro Free Edition is a read-only data recovery tool which is designed for data recovery from thumb drive and other storage devices when your run into different data loss problems like RAW file system error, disk drive not formatted error, etc. This data recovery software has the ability to deep scan a RAW thumb drive so as to search all inaccessible data. Now, you can follow the steps below to recover files when your thumb drive is in RAW format:
Step1. Free download and install iCare Data Recovery on computer. Launch the software and select a proper scan mode.
Step2. Choose the thumb drive as target device and then wait the software to scan it.
Step3. Preview found files after scanning and then save the lost data to another drive.
It is possible to format a thumb drive by inserting it to a computer. Generally speaking, you can right click this RAW thumb drive and click Format option to format it from RAW to FAT32. You can quick format the RAW thumb drive if you want to complete the format quickly. Or you can complete the thumb drive if you want the check and repair possible bad sectors on it. You can also go to Disk Management to format the thumb drive from RAW to FAT32. Or you can use CMD to convert RAW to NTFS/FAT32 in USB flash drive.
You can also run CHKDSK for error checking on the flash drive. If you meet any problem with CHKDSK tool on the USB drive, please refer to CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.
In conclusion, if you want to format RAW thumb drive with data back, you need to free download iCare Data Recovery to recover deleted files from thumb drive first of all. Then, you can format the RAW thumb drive to FAT32. The reason why you should not format it before data recovery is to avoid overwriting the previous inaccessible data.