How to Recover Raw Partition Data

Unable to access data stored on the drive? Often an error message pops up when drive becomes RAW and you cannot access the files on it. The SFWare RAW partition recovery tool not only helps you to recover data from RAW drives, but also supports recovery of data from hard drives and SSDs of all major brands without formatting the drive. Download the trial version now and get accessable data from RAW partition

A partition is a section of hard drive, that can be used to store data. When you perform partition on a hard drive, you can choose your desired file system for partition such as NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc. NTFS is the default file system on hard drive in Windows systems and FAT for removable disks. However, during the process of using storage device, partition may develop RAW file system and data becomes inaccessible.

Next immediate question would be how to recover raw partition without losing data! In the following sections it is keenly explained in what way you can recover files from raw partition without damaging or corrupting any existing files. With the given solution you can perform RAW usb data recovery easily.

Why I Cannot Access RAW Partition?

RAW partition is a condition where certain partition’s file system in the hard drive will not be identified by the operating system. Thus, Windows cannot access and mount the partition drive properly. The RAW partition reports error message when you try to open it and requires a formatting.

Note: Do not format RAW partition even when Windows asks you to do so. Formatting of RAW partition will cause further damage to RAW drive and adds difficulty in RAW partition recovery. Hence, it is recommended to recover RAW partition at first and later perform a format on the drive.

You may try performing chkdsk to recover RAW partition, you end up with the error “chkdsk is not available for RAW drives” error. A chkdsk is an inbuilt tool in Windows that verifies the file system integrity of a volume and fixes logical file system errors. Here the problem is chkdsk command does not locate RAW drives to fix and recover data.

chkdsk error

Errors that indicate partition is RAW

RAW partition error often appears with following indications-

Irrespective of any error messages, it is always suggested to perform RAW partition recovery as early as possible. If you initially perform format and later try recovering RAW data, recovery becomes complex and data cannot be recovered from RAW partition.

How to Recover RAW Partition Without Formatting?

Here is an efficient RAW partition recovery tool that helps in RAW partition recovery witout formatting or altering original data present in the drive. This is recommended and optimal method to recover RAW partition safely.

SFWare partition recovery tool is designed with an advanced scanning feature that searches the drive based on file signatures and lets you locate lost, deleted, missing or RAW partition. SFWare Partition Recovery software is the utility that can also be employed for RAW partition data recovery on different storage devices like external hard drives, memory cards, pen drives, etc.

How to Recover RAW Partition in Few Clicks

Download and install the SFWare partition recovery software on the system. Launch the application.

Step 1: Select Drive/Partition Recovery from the main screen

Select Partition Recovery

Step 2: Choose a drive to recover data from raw partition and click on Next button

Select RAW Partition Drive

Step 3: After the completion of scanning process, recovered RAW files can either be viewed in Data View or File type views

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Step 4: Recovered RAW partition data can be previewed to verify the content

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Step 5: If you are satisfied with the results, Save the recovered RAW data files by giving a desired location on the system

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This article explains the concepts of RAW partition, why RAW partition cannot be accessed and how to recover data from RAW partition. Irrespective of errors that leads to RAW partition, you can easily perform RAW partition recovery with the help of SFWare partition recovery software. However, it is always recommended to back up data in regular basis to avoid data loss issue.

If you find any difficulty while operating with SFWare RAW partition recovery tool, there is a 24/7 support team available to direct you on the right process of recovering RAW partition.