Home > Questions

External drive used space and free spaces are 0 bytes on Mac

Greetings to all of you! Hope this is the appropriate place for me to request assistance! To be honest, my laptop only lately states that it needs to be formatted and that nothing can be accessed before any formatting when I try to read an external hard drive that contains numerous commercial papers and videos. It also appears to be a RAW file system with o bytes for both used and free space when one tries to view the properties. Why is beyond me? However, in order to prepare for my meeting, I must view and extract the contents. How should I go about this? Can my lost data be recovered using software for recovering data from an external hard drive in RAW format?

Best Answered by

iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Wednesday, November 22, 2023

When you look at the properties of the external hard drive on Mac, it just displays as a RAW file system with 0 bytes for both used and free space, then the drive is inaccessible and unreadable. If you want to recover data from it, you will need third-party data recovery software, and then reformat the drive on Mac to make it usable again.

A drive that is in the RAW state has a corrupted, unknown, or blank file system. It is not specific to Windows; it also appears on macOS with very slight variations in symptoms. To recover data from RAW drive on Mac, you can try iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, a professional data recovery software.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac provides a risk-free environment and delivers a high recovery rate. A Finder-like user interface has been added to this Mac data recovery software, which streamlines and simplifies the process of recovering Mac data. It is fully compatible with T2 and Apple Silicon, and supports macOS Sonoma. It scans the external drive you choose and searches for deleted and lost data, allows you to preview the scanned results, and selects the desired items to recover.

After recovering data from the RAW file format external drive on Mac, you can proceed to format the external hard drive on Mac so that you can use it again and it will show correct used space and free space. You can choose to reformat the drive in Disk Utility or with Terminal.

People Also Ask

Read More Questions

Read More Advice From iBoysoft's Computer Experts

transcend memory card recovery software

How to Recover Data from Transcend Memory Card in Two Working Ways

This post features two Transcend memory card recovery software to help you recover deleted or lost files from Transcend hard drive and memory card.

SD Card Recovery

récupérer des données d'un MacBook Pro en panne

Comment récupérer des données d'un MacBook Pro/Air en panne/mort ?

À propos de la façon de récupérer des données du disque dur d'un MacBook Pro/Air en panne/mort avec les méthodes les plus simples et les plus rapides. Et aide à réparer et restaurer votre MacBook Pro/Air.

conseils de récupération de données mac

how to recover a corrupted SD card on Mac

How to Fix a Corrupted SD Card and Recover Data on Mac

This article tells you how to fix a corrupted SD card and recover data on Mac. It also explains signs of a corrupted SD card and the causes of SD card corruption.

SD Card Recovery