RAW Memory Card Data Recovery

“My 8GB memory card was originally of fat32 format, but due to some unknown reason it has now been changed to RAW. My memory card contains a lot of precious pictures and many other files, which have not been backed up. How can I use this memory card and regain access to the data present in it?”

Nowadays, a lot of memory card users encounter this situation and get very much disturbed. Suppose when you try to access your memory card, a popup dialogue box shows like “The disk in drive X is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”In such cases, when you check its disk property the file system is displayed “RAW”. If you click “No”, then you cannot access your memory card. On contrary, if you click “Yes” you will lose all files stored on the memory card. Now you may ask, “How to retrieve data from RAW memory card?” The answer for this question is with the help of photo recovery software.

Why Does this Happen?

RAW memory card is a state, where Windows operating system fails to recognize the file system of the memory card. When memory card becomes RAW, it is no longer readable or accessible by any user. This usually happens when you start to copy files to your memory card and you disconnect the memory card while copying is still in progress. There are other causes due to which the file system of memory card turns RAW; some of the prominent reasons include deadly virus / malware infection, abnormal system termination, format failure, power outages, hardware corruption etc. You encounter many error notifications when you try to access such RAW memory cards such as

  • “Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?”
  • “The Disk in drive N is not formatted. Do you want to format now?
  • "Sector not found"
  • “You need to format the disk in drive D: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?”

RAW Memory Card Recovery tool:

Irrespective of how you lost files from your memory card, it can be recovered back with the aid of card recovery software as stated before. Yodot Photo Recovery is a fabulous card recovery tool to retrieve data from RAW memory card. With the help of this software, one can easily rescue files such as songs, videos, documents, photos and RAW pictures from memory card in a very safe and secure way. Furthermore, it retrieves media files from all kinds of memory cards such as SD, CF, XD, Memory stick, MMC, Smart Media, SDHC, SDXC, etc. The application also provides option to preview the recovered files, so that one can choose the exact files before saving process.

Procedure to retrieve files from RAW memory card:

  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery software to your Windows desktop / laptop
  • Plug in your memory card to your PC via card reader or USB
  • Run the installed software and follow the main screen instructions
  • Click on “Lost Photo Recovery” options to retrieve data from RAW memory card
  • The software scans the computer and show all drives / partitions present from the system, choose the drive which represents your memory card and click “Next”
  • The application scans your selected memory card and displays a list of files that can be recovered
  • Make use of two view types to search and select your desired files
  • Finally, save the rescued files to your desired destination location

Valuable Tips

  • Utilize “write protect” knob in your memory card to prevent accidental formatting or deletion
  • Backup all important files from memory card before performing format operation
  • Never save your rescued files back to the same memory card, which might result in overwriting
  • Stop using your memory card after it is full