When you try to access data from hard drive, you may encounter with a common error message like “The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”. Data stored on the hard drive becomes inaccessible and hard drive is shown as Raw. It means that the operating system could not access hard drive data due to Raw file system, where properties of hard drive is often shown as 0 bytes if you check the drive in “My computer”. What’s next, to your sadness, all important data from hard drive is lost even though you did not delete or format the hard drive due to some unexpected reasons. Then where did your data has disappeared from hard drive? Can you do Raw hard drive recovery to get back deleted/lost data? Yes, through the usage of professional software you can restore Raw hard drive data in most accurate way. Hard Drive Data Recovery is a powerful tool that has potential to get back lost or inaccessible files from Raw hard drive without overwriting the deleted/lost data content on Raw hard drive.
Error messages which you may get when hard disk turns Raw are as follows:
How hard drive turns Raw and results in data loss…..?
A hard drive is identified as “Raw” by Windows operating system, when it has not been formatted. Hard drives can be purchased independently of computer and have not been formatted under any file system. Hard drives are initially formatted to prepare it for reading and writing data which involves examining all sectors of hard disk, searching for bad sectors and generating internal address information for locating data. Formatting process builds a file system on your hard drive. Basically there are two types of file systems for Windows OS, one is ‘FAT’ where as the other is ‘NTFS’. Usually the file system information is placed in the partition table and volume boot sector. When either of these gets corrupt as a consequence of virus attacks, sudden system shutdown, power failures or any other causes, then Windows OS fails to recognize the hard drive or partition and declares it as RAW. Entire files on the hard drive becomes unreadable and may even be lost as a result of Raw hard drive.
What are the reasons for RAW hard drive?
Useful tips to be followed to recover data from hard drive
Firstly, do not format the inaccessible hard drive when you see warning error message “The disk in drive (X) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”. Because it will complicate the process of data recovery from Raw hard drive. Avoid further read and write operations on hard drive as newly added files will start to overwrite the Raw data. It may result in permanent data loss when you continue to do the above mentioned things on Raw hard drive. Then go for recovering data from Raw hard drive by using the competent hard drive recovery utility to retrieve entire data in few basic steps. To find missing or lost data from HDD visit http://www.myharddriverecovery.net/how-to-recover-data-from-hard-drive.html.
Raw hard drive data recovery
Steps to retrieve data from RAW hard drive:
Step 1: Remove the Raw hard drive from your system and connect it as a slave to the healthy system to restore data. Download and install the hard drive data recovery software to the system to which, the affected hard drive is connected. Run the program by double-clicking the shortcut icon on the desktop. The main screen is displayed with three options as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 : Main Screen
Step 2: Now select the option Recover Partition/Drives from the main screen displayed in Figure 1 and click Next. New window is displayed from where you need to select Formatted/Re-formatted Recovery option and proceed, as shown in Figure 2
Figure 2 : Select Formatted/Re-formatted Recovery
Step 3: The new screen displays all the attached physical hard drives as shown in Figure 3. Select theRaw hard drive from which you want to retrieve deleted or lost files and click on Next to begin the scanning process.
Figure 3: Select Raw Hard Drive
Step 4: Once the scanning process is completed you can view the recovered file using File Type view/Data view option as shown in Figure 4. To save scanned files click on Save Recovery Session.
Figure 4: Recovered Files from Raw Hard Drive