"I need to recover data from RAW Maxtor external hard drive that has not formatted error. I cannot access my Maxtor external hard drive because Windows asks me to format the disk drive before I can use it. Under Disk Management, the Maxtor external shows as a RAW 0 byte drive. However, the fact is that I have stored more than 100GB data on the Maxtor external HDD. Can anybody tell me the solution to access the Maxtor external and recover data without formatting it?"
"My Maxtor portable hard drive suddenly became RAW file system with unknown reasons. It is an old external drive which has been used for several years. I have never met any problem on this external, but it brings me lots of trouble due to RAW file system on the external drive. I cannot write or access any data on the drive, so I want to look for a solution for restore external hard drive files."
One of the most common error occur on RAW Maxtor external hard drive is that Windows pops up not formatted error when you attempt to access it. Most people would think that the Maxtor external hard drive is corrupted when receiving such kind of error message. In fact, such kind of problem can be caused by many reasons. When you are required to format the Maxtor external hard drive on Windows PC, you can ignore the message before recovering the files you need. Then, you can free download iCare Data Recovery to get back files off the RAW Maxtor external hard drive without formatting it.
Preparation: Download and install iCare Data Recovery. Plug the Maxtor portable HDD to the computer and run the software.
Step1. Select proper scan mode on the software.
Step2. Choose the Maxtor portable HDD to scan.
Step3. Preview and save the needed files to a safe place.
For RAW drive error fixing on Maxtor external hard drive, please run CHKDSK for error checking and then convert RAW to NTFS by formatting. If CHKDSK reprots it is not available for RAW drives or Windows reports it was not able to complete the format, you can try to convert RAW to NTFS with CMD.
Virus might corrupt the file system of your Maxtor removable hard drive, which will lead it to turn to RAW file system.
Removable hard drive is a convenient device for data storage, backup and transferring, but a removable HDD can be corrupted due to improper operation. If you frequently perform improper operation on your Maxtor removable hard drive, it may result in Maxtor removable hard drive not formatted error.
The guide above shares solution for RAW Maxtor USB hard drive data recovery when it needs to be formatted. In fact, iCare Data Recovery enables you to recover all types of files including videos, music, images, etc when you are unable to open your Maxtor USB HDD due to RAW not formatted error. This software can recover files even you accidentally format teh RAW external by quick format or full format. If you meet the similar problem again, you can free download the software.