How to fix Seagate external hard drive showing as RAW?

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery Tips on August 23rd, 2018

I have a 2TB Seagate external hard drive only used for backup. But on this morning, my computer kept asking me to format the drive but I don't want to. When I checked it in Disk Management, it showed it as RAW. Anyone can tell me how to fix Seagate external hard drive showing as RAW?

Data recovery when Seagate external hard drive shows as RAW

No matter what lead to Seagate external hard drive RAW file system, the most important thing is to retrieve all useful data from the drive. Here recommend free external hard drive data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery. It is able to recover lost data from RAW Seagate external hard drive, hard disk, USB flash drive, SD cards, memory card and more.

Except for RAW data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery enables you to recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover lost data from inaccessible drive, recover lost data from corrupted drive, recover lost data from unrecognized drive, recovers data from formatted drive, deleted/lost partition, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Steps to recover lost data from RAW Seagate external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Free download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Step 2: Connect your Seagate external HDD with Windows computer and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Recover lost data from RAW external HDD

Step 3: Choose RAW Seagate external HDD and click "Next".

Step 4: Select needed files, specify a place to restore, then click "Recover".

Step 5: Check to ensure you have recovered all lost data.

How to fix Seagate external hard drive showing as RAW?

Finally, you can convert RAW to NTFS/exFAT on Seagate external hard drive by reformatting.

Step 1: Go to My Computer (or This PC) or Disk Management, right click the RAW external hard drive 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.

Symptoms of Seagate external hard drive RAW file system

If the following error messages or problem occur when using Seagate external hard drive, the drive might have RAW file system.

When trying to access the Seagate external hard drive, your PC prompts: "You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it" or "The disk in drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?"

The Seagate external hard drive shows 0 bytes used space and free space in properties.

When running chkdsk to repair the problem, you will be given errors like: "The type of the file system is RAW. Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives."

The Disk Management window shows the partition as either RAW or without a file system type.

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