How to fix RAW partition and recover data from RAW partition/drive without software?

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery on November 20th, 2017

What is a RAW partition? Have you ever been trapped in such an annoying situation? Is it possible to fix RAW partition without software? In this passage, we will make a brief introduction to RAW partition, and tell you how to fix RAW partition without software as well as how to recover data from RAW partition/RAW drive without data loss.

How to fix RAW partition without software?

Solution 1: Fix RAW partition via chkdsk /f command

Open Start and type: cmd, then right-click it and select "Run as administrator";

Type chkdsk the drive letter: /f and press Enter.

Sometimes however, CHKDSK can't works as well as expected in some cases, and it may over-repair items, leading to difficulty for file recovery. Thus this tool is, in fact, not suggested to fix RAW partition.

Another way you can change the partition from RAW without software is to use DiskPart command to fix the RAW partition and change RAW to NTFS/FAT32.

Solution 2: Recover data from RAW partition with iBoysoft Data Recovery before formatting

With friendly user interface, iBoysoft Data Recovery is able to recover data from RAW partition of hard drive/external drive/ USB drive/ SD card/ CF card/memory card, etc with ease. You can use this utility for recovering data when partition turns to RAW due to improper reformatting process, partition table corruption, damaged file system, etc.

As a professional and free RAW partition/drive data recovery software, iBoysoft Data Recovery also performs very well to recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from formatted drive, recover data from inaccessible drive, recover data from unrecognized drive, recover data from corrupted drive, recover data from deleted/lost partition, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

There is no difficulty to recover data from RAW partition by using iBoysoft Data Recovery. Simple 3 steps to recover data from RAW partition:

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, choose the RAW partition and click "Next".

Recover data from RAW partition

Step 3: Select needed files, then click "Recover".

After recovering RAW hard drive data, you need to format it so that you can store data on it again.

Step 1: Open This PC/My Compuer > Right-click RAW disk/SD card;

Step 2: Select Format > Set RAW file system to NTFS/FAT32 etc and click OK;

Lastly, you can just wait until this process completes.

RAW partition symptoms: hard drive/external drive suddenly became RAW?

"RAW partition error" doesn't always happen, but exists indeed. Sometimes your hard drive or external hard drive suddenly became RAW in the following cases:

"Sector not found" messages.

File system is displayed as "RAW".

File names contain "weird" characters.

Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?

Windows may show "disk not formatted. Do you want to format now?"

When you encounter the error messages above, the partition on the hard drive is damaged and corrupted that the data in this partition turn into inaccessible. All can be called RAW partitions. However, you may also ask what is RAW partition technically? Let's take a look at the explanation of RAW partition.

What is RAW partition, technically?

You must divide a physical drive into several partitions logically in order to help separate and manage files easily. The RAW partition is a partition on your hard drive which is not formatted with any type of file systems, say, NTFS, exFAT, FAT32 on Windows platform, you cannot access the partition any more, let alone the files stored in the partition such as documents, photos, videos, music, emails, etc.

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