How to recover files from raw external hard drive

raw external hard drive Data Recovery without formatting

When data safty comes to the crucial in your raw hard drive recovery, then recovering files from the raw external hard disk drive would be a first factor of raw hdd recovery.

A read-only recovery tool such as iCare Pro free would safely pull data out of the inaccessible, raw external usb disk like a wizard when your external hard disk shows file sytem is raw, you need to format the disk before you can use it and formatting would not be your first choice since it would delete all files on the raw disk.

Here is how we use the magic raw disk data recovery tool to rescue files from the raw external disk.

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Step1: Free download iCare Data Recovery.

Step2: Enter “Raw drive recovery” module which is specially developed for raw drive recovery by iCare, and then select your raw drive to scan files from the raw external hdd.

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Step3: Select data and save them onto another partition(required).

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Waranty: iCare Pro is a read-only program that won't write a single byte on your raw disk to keep your files safe from being overwritten.

Repair raw external hard drive with cmd diskpart

When your external hard drive or internal hard drive became raw, chkdsk won't work for them since chkdsk only works with file system fat32, ntfs and raw is an unsupport, unknown file system that can not be recognized by Windows. And mostly it would report error like: the type of file system is raw, chkdsk is not available for raw drives. At this time, diskpart would work for your raw disk.

Note: diskpart would erase and remove all files on the raw disk, so please backup all data from raw disk or retrieve files from raw usb disk at first.

Step1: Run CMD.

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Step2: Type“format l: /fs:ntfs”(l is the drive letter of your raw hard drive that you need to replace it with your own drive letter of your raw usb disk or internal hard drive raw partition)

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Or you may try the following cmd with diskpart.

Repair raw external hard drive with CMD

Besides command line diskpart, read this: 8 free ways to format raw disk

Attention:

1.CMD Command prompt diskpart will format your data on the device, please recover the data from raw disk at first.

2.If you have formatted your external hard drive already, you can also try iCare Data Recovery to recover your formatted data from the raw external disk.

[Video] Recover data and repair raw drive

The above way of repairing the raw hdd could be the safest way to get the raw disk hassle tacked when there were important files on the raw disk no matter internal disk or external hard drive.

How shall you avoid such data storage awkward moment?

  • always backup your data at least 2 or 3 copies somewhere else when data were important
  • a well known brand of ssd is always more solid than a traditional hard disk since the name of ssd has a full name: solid state disk
  • please do remove the disk in safe mode, or unplug it in safe removal mode that would prevent a lot of potential damages

If your raw disk cannot be repair through diskpart, also read: recover crashed hard drive

Last updated on Oct 20, 2021

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