How to Recover Data from RAW Partitions on Hard Drives
What’s RAW? Nowadays, we call the hard drives or removable storage devices which have not been formatted by any file system, such as FAT and NTFS RAW hard drive. We cannot store data on the storage devices without first formatting them. But accidents such as virus attack and improper operations may lead to file system damage or corruption, which in turn making the hard drive RAW. Once the partition table of the hard drive has been damaged, the whole hard drive will become RAW. The OS can only identify different partitions with the help of partition table, which records the size, location, type and other information of every partition on the disk. It is a tricky situation as we cannot access the hard drive without a file system, thus unable to get to the files stored on the drive. But to format the hard drive with a file system would mean a total removal of all the data.
When damage is only inflicted to one partition on a hard drive, you’ll find a particular volume becomes RAW. When you click on the drive, you may receive error messages like “The disk in drive F: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”, “You need to format the disk in drive D: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?”, or “This volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.” If you choose to format the drive, it will successfully rebuild the filesystem for you and make the partition usable again. However, the formatting will delete the data you previously stored on the partition. How to solve this problem?
If you find your drive partition becomes RWA, stay calm and remember one thing: stop writing any data to the RAW drive before you get all important data restored. Writing new data may cause the lost files being overwriting and become lost for good. Then you should choose a good piece of data recovery software that is proven capable of retrieving data from RWA disks. Here is the detailed walkthrough for you with the recommended tool H Data Recovery Software.
Step 1. Install and run H Data Recovery on your computer. Choose lost partition recovery mode from main window shown as below.
Step 2. Choose the RAW hard drive and scan it. The program will run a full scan on the RAW drive and reconstitute the lost files. It may take a while depending on the partition size.
Step 3. When the scan is completed, view all the recoverable files listed and choose the files you wish to recover. The search bar and filter are helpful when trying to locate particular files, otherwise, you could recover all the files.
Step 4. Choose safe drive and location to save the recovered files. And you have just successfully recovered data from RAW partition!
Although RAW drive data recovery can be accomplished with H Data Recovery Software, it is still recommended for you to backup hard drive regularly to avoid any future troubles. Data backup is a very important way to protect data. If you have no backup to fall back on, H Data Recovery Software is always there for you, reliable as ever.