windows 10 external hard drive raw


External hard drive becomes inaccessible? Want to open the drive but system ask you to format it? External hard drive turns raw drive can be repaired in Windows 10 without any data loss if you have this effective data recovery program.

Windows 10 Said My External Hard Drive Is Raw

“When I inserted my external hard drive into the computer and tried to open it, it didn’t work out and Windows told me that my external hard drive is not formatted, ask if I want to format it now. Of course I don’t, I save so many my important work files on it, it is crazy to format it. Now I really need the files on the hard drive, how can I open it without formatting?”

Do not panic, your files are safe if you didn’t format it and put any other data on the raw external drive. Now I will tell you why your external hard drive or USB pen drive becomes raw and introduce effective solutions for you to repair the raw drive without any data loss.

What is Raw Drive and What Cause It

Raw drive is the hard drive or external storage device which has raw file system. Raw file system is a type of file system which is different from NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, it is not compatible with Windows system.

If you operate your hard drive or external hard drive improperly, this problem may happen, for example, if you interrupt a formatting on your drive or data transferring process, if you eject your external hard drive from your computer suddenly, or you used the external hard drive for a long time, or it has a not really good quality. There are so many reasons to cause you raw drive error.

How to Repair the Raw Drive without Data Loss

If you want to fix it, you only need to convert the raw file system into NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc. You can use CMD command prompt to fix. But this process will format your raw drive, so if you have important data, you need to recover the data on it first.

To make sure the safety of the data, my advice is to choose a reliable data recovery program. Here I will recommend iCare Data Recovery Pro, which is a wonderful data recovery tool and its read-only system can make sure the file type of your data will not be changed. And its recovery ability is way better than most other data recovery programs on the market. You can have a try.

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Steps to recovery data from raw external hard drive

Step1: Download this tool at iCare Recovery website , install it on your computer.

Step2: Run the program on your computer, enter “Deep Scan Recovery” or “Raw Drive Recovery”.

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Step3: After Scanning, you can preview the found data, select your needed data to recover, save it to another drive.

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Steps to Repair Raw Drive with CMD Diskpart

1. You need to be very careful when you run CMD command prompt, a mistake can make your another hard drive get effected.

2. This process will formatted all your data on the drive, recovered them first if you have need data on it.

Step1: Run CMD.

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Step2: Type“format X: /fs:fat32”(X is the drive letter of your RAW external hard drive)

After these steps, you can convert your device file system into FAT32, you can also change the fat32 into ntfs.

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