Seagate External HFS+ HDD Says Needs to Format

"Is it possible to recover data when Seagate external HFS+ HDD says needs to format? My Seagate external hard drive converts to RAW file system and asks me to format the disk drive on my MacBook after a sudden power outage. I do not know if the file system is corrupted due to power outage, but I failed to access this Seagate external HDD without formatting it. I do not care if it is able to convert RAW back to HFS+ file system, but it is very important for me to recover all lost files on this RAW drive. Can you share any useful solution or tip for data recovery from a Seagate external HDD that becomes RAW file system from HFS+?"

"Can I do something to rescue data off Seagate external hard drive which becomes RAW file system from HFS plus and needs t reformat? I have used this Seagate external HDD on Mac OS for a long time, so it contains many previous files like images, videos, documents. Now, Mac OS recognize the Seagate external HFS+ hard drive as RAW drive and it asks me to format disk drive when I attempt to access it. Can somebody tell me how to fix this problem for Seagate external hard drive recovery?"

How to retrieve files off Seagate external HFS+ HDD which asks to be formatted? So many reasons will result in RAW drive error on a Seagate external HFS+ hard drive such as virus infection, bad sectors, improper operation, etc. No matter your Seagate HFS+ external HDD turns to RAW file system asking to format due to what kind of reason, you cannot open the Seagate external hard drive unless formatting it. Fortunately, all data just becomes inaccessible, but it still remain on the Seagate external hard drive in which situation you can recover all files by using a data recovery tool.

Data Recovery When Seagate External HFS Plus HDD Needs to Format

To recover data from Seagate external hard drive when asks to be formatted, you need to use a data recovery tool. iCare Data Recovery Pro is a good data recovery program that you can choose. Why? First of all, iCare Data Recovery supports to recover different types of files like photos, videos, music, documents, etc from Seagate RAW external hard drive. Besides, this data recovery software provides an easy and fast way to deep scan the RAW drive so as to search lost files. What is more, this data recovery software provides read-only solution for data recovery, so it does not cause any harm to the Seagate external hard drive or overwrite the previous data. iCare Data Recovery is a program that is able to be compatible with Windows OS instead of Mac OS, so you need to connect the Seagate external HDD to Windows PC to perform data recovery.

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Steps to Recover Files off Seagate External HFS+ Hard Drive That Is Not Formatted

Preparation: Download and install iCare Data Recovery on Windows PC. Connect the Seagate HFS+ hard drive to this Windows PC and run the data recovery software.

Step1. After running the software, you can see different recovery options. You can select "Deep Scan Recovery" option for RAW drive data recovery.

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Step2. Select the RAW device as aim disk and then you only need to wait when the software is scanning.

It usually takes a few minutes or much longer time to scan a RAW drive to search lost files. It is recommended you to wait patiently when the software is scanning. However, if you do not want to wait too long, you can also click "Cancel" button to stop scanning it the process and then the software will show all found files.

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Step3. You are allowed to preview found files when software shows them and then recover what you need instead of all lost files.

iCare Data Recovery allows you to preview files like images, Microsoft documents, etc. If you do not wait the scanning to be finished but stop in the process, the software might not show all lost files. If you are satisfied with the scanning result, you can recover all need data. If you are not satisfied with the scanning result, you can go back to rescan the RAW Seagate external hard drive to show more lost files.

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Solution for Seagate Portable HFS+ HDD Wants to Format

To fix the problem that a Seagate external hard drive wants to format, you should format the disk drive to a file system that can be recognized by computer. If you want to make the external hard drive to be recognized by Windows OS, you can format external hard drive to NTFS or FAT32 file system. If you want to convert the Seagate external HDD back to HFS+ file system, you can format it on Mac OS. If Windows reports it was unable to complete the format when you try to format it from RAW to HFS+, the problem usually is that Windows does not support HFS+ file system.

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