Guide to RAW hard drive recovery

Updated on January 20, 2020

With a simple DIY approach that can be understood even by an amateur, Remo Software is the best pick to recover data from RAW hard drive of any brand with any file system like FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, HFS or HFSX.

It can be startling to see your good hard drive suddenly displayed as ‘RAW’ in the Disk Management window. The feeling is far worse when you find that the data on the RAW drive has turned ‘inaccessible’.

Although this may seem like an awful situation to deal with, RAW drive recovery is not as intimidating as it sounds. It is possible to get back access to your data using specialized hard drive recovery tool such as Remo Recover.

Employed with meticulous scanning capabilities, Remo Recover recovers each and every file from RAW hard drives, be it Microsoft Office documents, PDF’s, images, videos, notes or .exe files. It supports RAW drive recovery from drives originally formatted FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, HFS or HFSX systems. Choose Remo Recover for a safe and secure RAW hard drive recovery experience!

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RAW hard drives are usually a result of corruption or damage to hard drives and Remo Recover skillfully recovers data taking these factors into consideration. It is a compatible tool that is available on all recent versions of Windows and Mac. Built with simplicity as key, any user can recover data from a crashed hard drive.

Before you go ahead and recover data from RAW hard drives, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Please keep these in mind when you encounter a RAW hard drive situation

1. DO NOT TRY ANY DIY METHODS TO REPAIR RAW HARD DRIVES: There are facilities like ‘FIXMBR’ and ‘CHKDSK’ that is used to repair RAW hard drives. Some of these repair operations may erase data from the drive and make recovery difficult. Hence, do not try these repair procedures before you recover data from RAW hard drive.

2. DON’T FORMAT THE HARD DRIVE: Your system may prompt you to format the hard drive when it cannot read the file system i.e. when your file system is ‘RAW’. These are some of the error messages you may encounter.

  • The disk in drive F: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
  • You need to format the disk in drive F: before using it. Do you want to format it now?
  • F: is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all the required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted.

Irrespective of the error message you receive, click ‘NO’ in the prompt to STOP the format process.

CAUTION: Formatting the RAW drive will erase all data on it permanently and make things worse. If you have already formatted the drive and looking for ways to recover data, here is a tool from Remo Recover, that helps you recover formatted hard drives.

How to perform RAW drive recovery?

  • Download Remo Recover hard drive recovery software by clicking on the ‘Download Now’ button and complete the installation process
  • Connect the RAW external hard drive to your system and begin the RAW drive recovery process
  • Select Recover Partitions option from the main screen and select the drive letter corresponding to the RAW hard drive and click Scan
  • Next, select a partition to recover and click Scan again
  • All the files found in the partition will be displayed in 2 types of views; namely File Type View and Data View
  • You can preview the files by double clicking on them and save to a desired location

Note: Do not save recovered on the same drive from where you have recovered data. Remo provides an option to save recovered files on to external hard drive, so make use of that option if that’s convenient for you.

Why does a hard drive turn RAW?

A ‘RAW’ hard drive indicates that the file system on the drive is not recognized by Windows. This usually occurs when the partition table (the table that contains information about all partitions in the disk) or if MBR (the first sector of the hard drive which contains the boot records) is corrupted. You may wonder what causes a corrupt partition table?

This normally happens when the hard drive is disconnected from a computer without ‘Safely Remove Hardware’. It can be due to a human error, power failure or an issue with the computer that has automatically disconnected the external drive.

What makes Remo Recover a good choice for RAW drive recovery?

Remo Recover is built with smart scan capabilities that scans every sector of your hard drive. During the scan, all the files found in the RAW drive are identified and recovered based on unique signatures. Remo Recover can identify and recover around 300 types of files. Basically, all your documents, media files like photos, video and audio files can be recovered using this tool.

Irrespective of which file system your hard drive was formatted with before it turned RAW, Remo Recover can be used. That is, Remo Recover performs RAW drive recovery from drives formatted with any file system like FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, HFS, HFSX and so on.

Remo Recover performs RAW hard drive recovery from various popular brands such as Western Digital, Toshiba, Kingston, Hitachi, Samsung, Buffalo, Transcend, Seagate etc. In addition, Remo Recover offers the following advantages.

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