"I want to recover data from HDD, it says 'You need to format the drive before use it', then I went for CMD-CHKDSK/F, but it says 'CHKDSK is not available for raw drive'. I've tried a 'find and mount' software but no luck. So how can I recover my data from the raw HDD?"

---- Steve

Recovering data from raw drive device is more difficult than recover deleted data, there are some freeware to recover data, they can partly recover deleted data, but for raw drive data recovery, you need a a more professional data recovery software.

But first, you can learn about some information about raw drive error.

CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives

When your HDD or USB pen drive becomes raw drive, you may try CHKDSK to check the disk drive, and it will pop out message to tell you that your disk in drive is raw, and CHKDSK is not available for raw drive.

Raw drive is a state of hard drive which can not be recognized by Windows system, it often happens to external hard disk drive and USB pen drive, when that problem occurs to you, you can not access your device, and the device shown at the Disk Management is 0 byte, so it means all your data is gone, if you have important data on the device, you need to recover the data with a professional data recovery tool.

How to Recover Data from Raw File System Device

Most free data recovery programs have poor data recovery ability, for raw drive data recovery work, using freeware is kind of risky, because they cannot recover your data, and even may make your recovery work more difficult.

iCare Data Recovery is a professional data recovery program, which has powerful data recovery ability, it can recover raw drive data well. With iCare Data Recovery, you don't need to worry about data loss problems, it can recover all kinds of lost data easily.

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Steps to Recover Data from Raw Drive

Step1: Install the data recovery software on your computer.

Step2: Start the program, enter “Deep Scan Recovery” mode, select your raw file system device.

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Step3: Preview the found data, choose those needed to recover, and save them to another drive.

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After these steps, you can have your data on the formatted hard drive recovered.

How to Fix Raw File System Device with CMD Command Prompt

When your storage device becomes raw, you will not be able to access the device anymore, then you need to format your external HDD to file system which can be recognized by Windows system. CMD can perform that command to your computer.


Be careful to use this solution, do not write a wrong drive letter.

Step1: Run CMD.

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Step2: Type"format F: /fs:fat32"(F is the drive letter of your RAW drive)

After these steps, you can fix your raw drive device, and recover your data.

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