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Possible Causes for a Partition to Become RAW

Users may see the following errors when they are trying to getting access to a hard drive partition so as to make use of data in it.

"The disk in drive F: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"

"You need to format the disk in drive D: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

"This volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."

Please don't format the partition as the prompt suggested you to do and there's no need for being freaked out when above errors show up. You need to calm down and do the best you can to try to recover data from RAW hard drive. However, before taking actions to get back missing data, we'd better have an overall analysis of the probable reasons leading to RAW trouble.

1.Virus invasion: if part of the hard drive partition table with partition information like partition starting position and ending position has been damaged or corrupted because of being infected by computer viruses, the corresponding partition will be given a RAW file system.

2.System reinstallation: if the current system partition is formatted with FAT, but it is changed to NTFS when we replace the old operating system with a new one, you may find the file system of system partition can't be recognized by OS anymore.

3.Number of hard drives and partitions: the fact that too many hard drives and partitions have been used in one computer simultaneously will probably bring RAW partition issue as well.

To sum up, the reasons for a partition to become RAW differ and we can hardly know the accurate cause of it. All we need to and can do is sparing no effort to try to figure out the real reason.

Note: sometimes, we may find a partition in the Windows Disk Management without a file system type (rather than with a RAW file system). Actually, both cases are similar to each other and timely damaged drive data recovery should be carried out to minimize or even eliminate losses.

Recover RAW Partition With iData RAW Partition Recovery Software

1. Install and Launch iData RAW Partition Recovery

2. Scan RAW Partitions

3. Recover RAW drive or Recover Data from RAW Drive