In the daily use of computer, many users report that their hard disk suddenly became RAW. What is RAW? To put it simply, RAW means the hard drive partition is not formatted with the following file systems: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS/NTFS5. How do you know a hard drive became RAW? Open Disk Management, if you see a RAW is shown instead of a file system, then you got a RAW drive. (see the following picture)
What does it matter if you have got a RAW disk? Well, you are not able to access that partition until you format it. But we all know that formatting will lead to data loss. So the most important thing is to do raw hard drive recovery. And in the following part, we will demonstrate how to recover data from RAW hard drive.
MiniTool is a professional data care company that offers the most straightforward way to do RAW hard drive recovery. As long as you have two pieces of MiniTool software, you can fix the RAW hard drive issue. The first one we recommend is MiniTool Partition Wizard, which provides two useful features towards RAW drives: Check File System and Partition Recovery.
Check File System: if the RAW drive is shown as NTFS in MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can use this feature to have a first try. Choose Check & fix detected errors.
Partition Recovery: if your RAW drive is shown as unallocated space, this feature is definitely helpful. And you can refer to Hard Disk Became Raw to find the detailed steps to guide you through all steps.
However, sometimes both functions are not helpful. At this time, you can have a try on the 2nd software – MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is specially designed for lost data recovery if raw hard drive recovery fails. This software has 5 modules, and they are Undelete Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery, CD/DVD Recovery, and Damaged Partition Recovery. Among the five modules, Damaged Partition Recovery is the right module that can recover data from damaged, RAW and formatted hard drives.
How can you actually use this? In short, you need to choose Damaged Partition Recovery, have a full scan on the RAW drive, choose the data you need from the scanning result, and save the data to a safe location.
After recovering data from raw hard drive, it is time to convert RAW to NTFS, which is most commonly used file system. At this time, you can use either MiniTool Partition Wizard or Disk Management to help you. Select the RAW disk partition, choose Format, choose NTFS as the desired file system, and confirm the formatting.
With MiniTool software, it is too easy to fix RAW hard drive recovery. Have a try!