Why is My Partition Showing RAW?

Most of Windows users wonder “what is RAW partition?”, “why is my partition turned RAW?”. Technically, a RAW partition is nothing but “the partition with unrecognized File System”. When a partition or drive has unrecognizable File System, the operating system fails to read the corresponding partition. And, system drivers cannot mount it as a normal drive.

RAW Partition

Why a Partition Becomes RAW?

Generally, a well-functioning internal or external hard drive turns RAW due to various reasons like,

  • File System corruption or damage
  • Broken partition table
  • Corrupted boot sector
  • Virus intrusion
  • Ejecting the drive (portable) improperly like- disconnecting without safety measures, abruptly freeing from USB port/AC adapter
  • Short time disconnection of USB hubs
  • Frequent power surges, etc.

How to deal with a RAW partition?

As your Windows system cannot read the RAW partition, you will be asked to format the drive. But, before formatting the drive hold a minute and think about the data stored on it. If you format the partition, you will lose entire files saved on it. So, you need to fix RAW partition without losing data. But, how? Here you go…

  1. Ubuntu live CD

You can quickly copy entire data from the RAW partition using Ubuntu live CD

  • Download, burn Ubuntu live CD on another system and copy it to a CD
  • Connect the CD with computer that has RAW partition
  • Boot from CD and select “Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer
  • Opt Computer during system start
  • All available drives/partitions will be shown
  • Select your RAW partition
  • Copy entire data from it to another location

Note: Use below codes, if you face any errors in mid of the process.

  • sudo /bin/bash
  • mkdir /media/disk
  • mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /media/disk -o force (for NTFS partition)
  • mount -t vfat -o umask=000 /dev/sda1 /media/disk (for FAT32 partition)
  1. Remo Recover

If the first method cannot fetch your data from the affected partition, then make use of Remo and recover RAW partition data easily.

  • Install Remo Recover on your computer (not on the RAW partition)
  • Select the RAW drive and mark your required files, to recover
  • If you wish, opt to restore entire data
  • Save it to a new location

After ensuring that your data is safe, you can proceed to repair the RAW partition in a tranquil manner.

How to Fix RAW Partition?

Format the RAW partition, assign it a new file system and see, you can use it. If formatting cannot fix the issue, then try below methods.

  1. Scan the RAW partition:

Run effective antivirus tool and scan your RAW partition completely. If any malware found, fix them.

  1. Run CHKDSK:
  • Launch Command Prompt
  • Type chkdsk and press Enter key
  • Next, type chkdsk D: /r (Replace D with your RAW partition’s drive letter)
  • Hit Enter button
  1. Fix Boot Sector:
  • Boot your computer from Windows CD/System Repair Disc
  • Go to Advanced options/Safe Mode
  • Launch Command Prompt
  • Type exe /fixmbr, hit Enter key
  • Type exe /fixboot, then Enter
  1. Repair Partition Table
  • Boot from original Windows CD/DVD
  • Choose Repair your computer option
  • Select Troubleshoot
  • Go to Command Prompt
  • Type following codes and hit Enter key
  • bootrec /FixMbr
  • bootrec /FixBoot
  • bootrec /ScanOs
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd
  • bootrec /ScanOs
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd

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