How to fix RAW external hard drive without formatting?

Posted by Molly to Data Recovery on September 28th, 2018

When an external hard drive suddenly becomes RAW and inaccessible, the operating system usually prompts you to format the RAW external hard drive in order to open and access the data on it. Obviously, nobody would like to fix RAW external hard drive by formatting because it will wipe all data. In this article, we will show you how to fix RAW external hard drives without formatting.

How to fix RAW external hard drive without formatting?

To fix a RAW external hard drive, some users may think of converting RAW to NTFS using command like CHKDSK or Diskpart. But, CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives and Diskpart converting RAW to NTFS is destructive to the files on the RAW external hard drive.

Thus, the best solution is to recover data from RAW external hard drive with RAW file system data recovery freeware, like iBoysoft Data Recovery, and then fix it.

iBoysoft Data Recovery is a free external hard drive data recovery tool that is able to recover data from RAW partitions, RAW hard drives, RAW external hard drives, USB flash drives, Pen drives, SD cards, memory cards, CF cards, etc. It supports recovering videos, photos, music, and documents, no matter whether the drive is RAW, formatted, inaccessible, unreadable, corrupted on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Step 1: Recover data from RAW external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery.

1. Free download iBoysoft Data Recovery and install it.

2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Recover data from RAW external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

3. Select the RAW external hard drive and click "Next" to start scanning for all lost files.

4. Select the files you want to get back and then click "Recover".

Step 2: Fix the RAW external hard drive by formatting.

Option 1: Fix RAW external hard drive with Diskpart

1. Click Start and search "diskpart".

2. Right click on "diskpart" and then click on "Run as Administrator".

3. Type "list volume" to list all the available partitions and drives, then press Enter. According to the listed disk/partition information, identify which drive/partition you want to clean. For example, F is your target partition you want to select and it's Volume 3 in the list.

4. Now type "select Volume 3" and press Enter. Be sure to choose the correct drive/partition.

5. Type "format fs=ntfs quick" and press Enter. If you want to convert RAW to FAT32, please type "format fs=fat32 quick" and press Enter.

6. Type "exit" and press Enter to close the command prompt.

Option 2: Fix RAW external hard drive by formatting in Disk Manager.

1. Go to This PC/My Computer or Disk Management, and right-click on the RAW external hard drive, select "Format".

2. Setup the required information: file system, allocation unit size, volume label, format options (the default format option is Quick Format).

3. Click "Start", the format operation will complete soon.

After recovering data from the RAW external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery and fix the RAW external hard drive by formatting, you can copy the recovered data back to the external hard drive again. Besides, you can also fix RAW SD cards without formatting in the same way.

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