How to fix a raw external hard drive without losing data

Summary

How to fix a raw external hard drive without losing data? Here we will show you some system tools to repair raw drive and recover your data quickly.

Symptoms of external hard drive becomes raw

When you see these symptoms on your external hard drive, it means your external hard drive becomes raw drive:

1.The external hard drive is inaccessible and it shown as 0 byte though you have much data on it.

2.The file system is “Raw”, you can check at the Disk Management.

3.Windows cannot recognized the drive, and pops error message: “The disk in drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?” or “Format the disk before you can use it.”

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Then you can follow the solutions below to repair the raw external hard drive.

Repair raw external hard drive without losing data

First of all, recover data from your raw external hard drive. Because the process to convert raw drive to NTFS or FAT32 will format your external hard drive.

Here we use iCare Data Recovery, a safe data recovery program with amazing recovery ability. And it will never change the file type, we don’t need to worry about the file cannot be read.

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Step1: Free download iCare Data Recovery.

Step2: Enter “Deep Scan Recovery” or “Raw drive recovery” module, select your raw drive to scan.

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Step3: Select data you need to recover. Save to another place. DO NOT save them to the original external hard drive.

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After this, you can fix the raw external hard drive with CMD command prompt.

Step1: Run CMD.

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Step2: Type“format l: /fs:ntfs”(l is the drive letter of your raw hard drive)

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Attention:

1.CMD Command prompt will format your data on the device, recover the data first if needed.

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

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