“I need to convert this external USB HD somehow. There are videos and pictures of my son on there. He passed away at 5 years old, just 7 months ago. What is the best raw recovery software to help me? I am too scared to send it in service center because I am afraid that they would probably mess it up. Please help me. This would be a big peace of my son. I am so sad about this and I just lost those data for no reason. When I connected it with computer, it just said Raw and I didn’t do anything with it since. What is the best software to recover my 2TB hard drive that went showed ‘Raw’.”
Have you ever encountered with similar problem? When you try to access data from your computer hard drive, are there times when the data are inaccessible? In such situations, your hard drive is shown as RAW. The properties of the drive often show 0 bytes. While actually there were plenty of photos, videos or documents and programs on there before. Soon, once you come across those problems, a small window interface will pop out. Following are the common error messages on the popped interface.
1. “Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?”
3. "Sector not found".
5. “The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drive”.
Among all the error messages when you cannot access to the data on your hard drive or external hard drive, "The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" is the commonest. Now, I am ready to take this as an example to discuss how to recover Raw drive data.
Keep in mind: Firstly, always do not format the inaccessible drive when you see the warning “The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" If you do, then to recover the raw data successfully can be very complicated and to a great extent, it’s impossible for you to restore those data again. Secondly, do as the mother did who posed the question in the first paragraph of this article. She didn’t do anything with the raw drive since problems occurred. Because in this situation, if you continue to write new data into the drive, then those new data will overwrite the raw data, therefore, to retrieve those raw data turns impossible.
Without doing anything to the raw drive, then we try to start recovery by using a raw recovery tool. You may be at loss with so many tools online. Which one could fit me most on earth? Here I will recommend you Tenorshare Data Recovery software, if you are seeking for a professional tool with capability of complete recovery within limited time. Next, let’s learn how to recover drive data with this software.
Step1. Free download Tenorshare Data Recovery software and install it properly. (For Mac users, you can get Mac data recovery software-Tenorshare Data Recovery for Mac.)
Step2. Select “Raw Recovery”. Choose a partition or disk which you cannot access to the data on, then click “Scan” to start scanning.
Step3. In the “Found Files List” column, you will see all the files listed there with specific header signature, click the ones you want to recover. In addition, before recovery, this raw recovery software can allow you to preview files. After you select all the files to recover, then click “Recover” to start recovering.
Step4. Until here, you have almost finished all the procedures, one more thing remained for you is to select a storage path, finally click “OK” to complete recovery. （Note: the successfully recovered raw data are suggested to place in another place as long as it is different from the original one.）