Data will become inaccessible when your pen drive shows RAW format and asks to reformat. In this situation, would you like to format pen drive from RAW to FAT32 with all data lost? If your answer is no, formatting is not a good choice. What you should do is to insert the RAW pen drive to another computer to see if it has the same error. If pen drive still has RAW format and requires formatting on another computer, you need to rely on data recovery software to extract all inaccessible files off the RAW drive.
You can use iCare Data Recovery which is a read-only data recovery utility for RAW drive data recovery. This data recovery software allows you to restore all kinds of files from any brand of pen drive when it is not accessible due to RAW file system. By using this software, you can extract files off RAW pen drive without formatting it. Now, you can follow the guide below to restore data when pen drive reports RAW file system and requires formatting:
Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on your computer. Launch the software and choose a proper scan mode.
Step2. Select the RAW pen drive and wait when the software is scanning it for lost files.
Step3. You can preview found files and then save all lost files to another drive.
"My pen drive requires formatting and turns to RAW file system. I tried all my effort to access the RAW drive without formatting but failed. Do I need to format the pen drive if I want to open it and read data? Will I lose everything after formatting the RAW drive to FAT32?"
"Well, my pen drive converted to RAW after a sudden power outage of my computer. My computer shut down all of a sudden when I was transferring data to my pen drive. When I reboot my computer, pen drive is not readable and shows RAW. How can I fix the RAW drive error on my pen drive and restore lost data?"
"I have a pen drive which contains more than 10GB important data, but it is not accessible when I connect it to my computer. Windows system says that the pen drive needs to be reformatted. Can I fix RAW drive without losing data on the pen stick?"
"Well, when I insert my 16GB pen stick to my Windows PC, it says the pen stick is not formatted. Meanwhile, the 16GB pen stick shows 0 byte space with RAW file system. Is there anybody know why my pen stick shows 0 byte? How to recover data from pen drive without software?"
You may see such kind of FAQs here and there, in which situations you can use iCare Data Recovery to restore data. After data recovery, you can format the pen drive from RAW to FAT32.
The reason hwy pen drive has RAW format and asks to reformat can be virus infection, improper operation, removing pen drive from computer unsafely, bad sectors and more. Therefore, you should be careful and use your pen drive properly in order to avoid such kind of error. If you unfortunately run into pen drive RAW asking to reformat error, you can free download iCare Data Recovery to get back inaccessible files.