My friend Louise complained to me that she can't get any information from her E disk. In her computer, E disk became a RAW partition. She could do nothing but to complain. Then she got the way to recover data from RAW partition with RAW partition/drive data recovery software and made the partition back to normal. You may face the same situation that you can't get files from RAW partition/drive, this article will introduce the RAW partition/drive and recommend you free RAW partition/drive data recovery software to recover data from RAW partition/drive.
What is RAW partition/drive?
When a partition or drive becomes RAW, it means there's no file system to access the data in the partition or drive. All files, e.g. documents, photos, videos, emails stored on this partition/drive cannot be accessed. Here is an introduction about RAW partition/drive on Windows platform.
Whenever you want to open the RAW partition/drive, it says "You need to format the disk before you can use it. Do you want to format it".
When you want to run CHKDSK, you will receive the error message "The file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives."
The Disk Management shows the partition/drive as either RAW or without a file system, depending on the version of Windows in use.
The fact is that if you format the RAW partition/drive, you will lose all your data in it. But if you don't format the RAW partition/drive, it is not accessible. In this situation, the best way to solve the problem is to recover data from RAW partition/drive with a professional RAW partition/drive data recovery software and then format the RAW partition/drive.
Free RAW partition/drive data recovery software: iBoysoft Data Recovery is highly recommended for you to recover data from RAW partition/drive.
Recover data from RAW partition/drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery
iBoysoft Data Recovery is professional data recovery software that can recover lost or deleted data from hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, CF card, memory card, etc. and recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003. As a professional and free RAW partition/drive data recovery software, it performs very well to recover data from RAW partition, RAW hard drive, RAW external HDD, RAW USB flash drive.
With four simple steps, the lost data can easily be recovered from RAW partition/drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery.
Step-by-step tutorial to recover data from RAW partition/drive
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer.
Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.
Step 3: Choose the RAW partition/drive and click "Next", then iBoysoft Data Recovery will scan the RAW partition/drive to find the lost files.
Step 4: Choose files you want to recover from the scanning results and the click "Recover" to start data recovery from RAW partition/drive.
Besides to recover data from RAW partition, RAW hard drive, RAW external HDD, RAW USB flash drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from corrupted external hard drive, not formatted USB flash drive, not initialized hard disk, etc.
Format RAW partition/drive to NTFS/FAT32 file system
After data recovery from RAW partition is successfully done, please go to My Computer (or This PC) or Disk Management and then format RAW partition, it will be working again after formatting successfully.
Step 1: Go to My Computer (or This PC) or Disk Management, right click the RAW partition and select "Format" from right-click menu.
Step 2: Set information about format: File system, allocation unit size, volume label, format options (The default format option is Quick Format).
Step 3: Click Start, the format operation will be completed in several minutes.
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