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Free RAW Partition Recovery Tutorial

RAW is the default file system of CD-ROM recognized by Windows. In DVD burning methods, there is a RAW mode referring to burn after reading the complete sector data. It can extract not only users' data, but also data of sub-channels. However, not all burners give support for RAW mode.

Literally, the hard drive which has not been formatted by NT file system, such as FAT and NTFS, is called RAW hard drive. However, from this perspective, nothing should be included in a RAW hard drive because no drive can be put into use for saving data before it is actually formatted.

Then, why are there so many questions related to how to recover data from RAW hard drive? In fact, that is because a hard drive can turn into RAW after suffering from problems like virus attack and improper operation.

RAW hard drive problem includes two situations. One is that the whole hard drive has become RAW; the other is one partition of a hard drive turns into RAW.

RAW Hard Drive – The Whole Disk is RAW

If the operating system you are running now can't recognize the file system of your hard drive at certain moment, the state of hard drive becomes RAW. At this time, no one is allowed to access any part of the hard drive. Meanwhile, its capacity, used space and unused space will all be shown as "zero". That is to say, all data originally saved in that "RAW" disk are lost. You can neither see them nor transfer them to safe place for further use. What a tragedy it will be if it includes files of great importance.

It is worth noting that both internal hard drive and external hard drive can become RAW because of inappropriate operation or virus invasion.

Possible Causes for a Hard Drive to Become RAW

In general, the cause for a result can be various. For instance, you are late for work today. The result is that you are late, but the reason is not clear. Traffic jam, illness, emergency and a lot of other things could be the reason why you didn't arrive at the workplace on time. Likewise, the state of a hard drive could turn into RAW due to different factors. Now, we're on the way to sum up the common reasons and write them down.

1.Hard disk drive cable problem: in rare cases, a hard drive may be shown as RAW in computer because of cable issues. For instance, when the cable is broken, hard drive can't be listed in computer with normal state. In addition, if the interface of an external hard drive has bad contact, we get no chance to see it listing in computer.

2.Bad sectors: if you click on the letter of hard drive, only to find the responding speed is very slow, it means that there are bad sectors in the key area of hard drive. Under this circumstance, professional tool is required to mirror the hard drive. We are supposed to carry out data recovery only when this step has been done for security consideration.

3.File system structural damage: if the RAW problems occur without an obvious sign or reason, users need to analyze the causes manually. If users are not proficient in such work, they can resort to professional tools like WINHEX.

4.Partition table damage: no matter what the reason is, once the partition table of the hard drive has been damaged, the whole hard drive will become RAW. The OS can only identify different partitions with the help of partition table, which records the size, location, type and other information of every partition in disk.

5.Reinstallation or restoration of operating system: users may choose to reinstall the OS they are running now or restore it to the initial state for different reasons.

Reasons for reinstalling an OS can be mainly divided into two types. One is that after an operating system has been used for a relatively long time, the responding speed will be decreased, of course. That's a normal thing. But in order to achieve faster speed as well as better performance, users can install the current system once again or choose to replace the old OS with a new one. The other is that users want to change the current OS to the latest one to gain better user experience.

The commonest reason why users are eager to restore the operating system is that there are some problems showing in hard disk and they are out of the users' control. In this case, restoring OS to the initial good state is the best way many individual users can think of to solve the current problem. Another reason for doing so is also to approach faster running speed.

6.Virus attack: computer viruses are widespread throughout the world. They should be responsible for many undesired problems, such as documents loss, photo missing, partition loss, system crash and file system crash. The hard drive will be turned into RAW state after viruses have attacked the hard drive and changed/deleted some vital parameters and information.

Recover RAW Partition With Free RAW Partition Recovery Software

1. Install and Launch Free RAW Partition Recovery

2. Scan RAW Partitions

3. Recover RAW drive or Recover Data from RAW Drive