RAW file system data recovery: recover data from RAW file system with freeware

By Katrina | Posted to Data Recovery on December 6th, 2017 |

This morning when I wanted to open my working files stored on my Seagate external hard drive, I couldn't get any information from it. The only thing I got was the error message: "You need to format the disk before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" When I checked in Disk Management, it displayed as RAW file system. Is there any way to recover data from RAW file system?

Tips of RAW file system data recovery

There are 3 tips for you before recovering data from RAW file system:

1. Once your drive/partition turns into RAW, stop making any further operation on it as the further operation may make your data lost forever.

2. Bear in mind that DON NOT format. Although formatting RAW hard drives might be a common fix that Operating System tells you, it involves risk of permanently erasing your data.

3. As long as your RAW drive/partition doesn't have hardware problem, you can easily recover your data with the help of a professional RAW drive/partition data recovery tool.

How to recover data from RAW file system?

iBoysoft Data Recovery is such a professional and free RAW drive data recovery software that is design to recover data from RAW file system, RAW partition, RAW hard drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW USB flash drive, RAW SD card, RAW CF card, RAW memory card, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Once you choose the RAW drive/partition, iBoysoft Data Recovery scans the entire disk surface to find any files that can be recovered and it enables you to preview recoverable files in real time.

Tutorial: recover data from RAW drive/partition with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Free download & install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your PC and then launch it.

Step 2: Choose the RAW partition/drive and click "Next". The program will start scanning to find all your files.

Free RAW file system data recovery software: iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 3: After a quick scan, you are able to preview all results, select needed files, click "Recover" and then find a location to restore these files.

Step 4: Check to ensure you have recovered all lost files.

Regardless of RAW file system data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from for formatted drive, inaccessible drive, unreadable drive, corrupted drive, deleted/lost partition, etc., no matter which are photos, videos, music, zip document and many other data.

What is RAW file system?

To be specific, if the operating system you are running can't recognize the file system of your hard drive partition, external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, memory card and other storage device at certain moment, the state of storage device becomes RAW.

A RAW file system is a corrupt file system. At this time, no one is allowed to access any part of the partition/drive. Meanwhile, its capacity, used space and unused space will all be shown as "zero". That is to say, all data originally saved in that "RAW" disk are lost. You can neither see them nor transfer them to safe place for further use.

Why RAW file system happens?

There are multiple reasons involved in making healthy partition or Drive into RAW, but there are six common reasons:

1. Bad sectors

2. File system structural damage

3. Partition table corruption

4. Operating system reinstallation

5. Virus/malware attack

6. Improper partition access permission

7. Hardware problem


Katrina is a data recovery expert @iBoysoft who loves to help readers solve various data recovery problems.

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