Been through this annoying situation when you tried to access files from the hard drive but ended up getting an error message? It sure is worrying because there are important files and folders on the drive, and you can’t afford to lose access to all these files. So when you try to access the drive, an error message pops up asking you to format the drive.
Do not format it as you will end up losing all your data. If you run CHKDSK in order to fix the problem, but it gives an error which states that ‘The type of the file system is RAW’. If you check in Disk Management, then it shows the partition as RAW, or without a file system type. All of this indicates that the hard drive has turned RAW.
What does RAW hard drive mean?
RAW file system means that the file system cannot be recognized by the operating system. All the data stored on the hard disk drive is organized by the file system. So when file system gets corrupted or damaged, the OS cannot recognize it. The state of the hard drive becomes RAW, and data stored on it becomes inaccessible. Moreover, the disk space is displayed as zero bytes. And when you try to access a RAW drive, you encounter error messages.
Why does hard drive turn RAW?
There are various reasons for a hard drive to turn RAW. Some of the reasons include – when the Partition table is damaged, MBR corruption, changing the file system frequently, abruptly ejecting the external hard drive from the system when files are in a transfer, and so on.
How to fix RAW hard disk drive?
If the problem with the hard drive is logical, then you can try out some methods to fix it. But if it is physical damage, then you need to take the drive to a professional to repair it. To fix the hard drive that has turned RAW, you can carry out the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) test. Being able to effectively analyze the S.M.A.R.T. data on a hard drive enables quick identification of problems that can help in recovering all data from it.
Check if the drive makes noises which it didn’t before. Loud clicking or beeping sound indicates mechanical damage. If the damage is physical, then you need to take for a repair. Does the S.M.A.R.T. test show any bad attribute values or errors? Does the drive pass the S.M.A.R.T. short self-test? If it doesn’t pass the tests, then the drive needs to be immediately taken to a professional.
If you are unsure of fixing the problem yourself, don’t do it, and risk losing entire data. The most important thing here is to recover data from a RAW hard drive. With the help of Remo Partition Recovery tool, you can easily get back files from the RAW hard drive. This software thoroughly scans the drive and retrieves files in a safe and easy way.