Data Recovery from RAW Flash Drive

“One of my student approached me with a problem regarding her flash drive. At that instance I inserted her flash drive to my system and it showed error warning “The disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”. When I run Chkdsk utility it is showing “File system is exhibited as RAW…” and the device is not allowed me to proceed further. Is it possible to recover the data from 16 GB flash drive containing your essential data?”

Of course!!! Being a pen drive or flash drive user, if you frequently struck in this kind of problem, then now it is your turn to recover missing or vanished data from RAW flash drive.

Look here to know about how your flash drive turns into RAW drive

No matter whatever may be the brand of the flash drive that you used, usually it contains simple internal infrastructure with FAT file system. Therefore, if you mishandle the flash drive or USB drive, then you might be the loser. File system organizes all the data on flash drive. It creates index entries for all the files and folders on flash drive. Due to virus infections or mishandling of the flash drive, its file system might get corrupted or damaged. In such scenarios, all the paths of files and folders go missing or flash drive data becomes inaccessible. Therefore, your healthy flash drive turns into RAW drive by showing its file system status as RAW and used memory space as 0 bytes.

What are the causes for RAW Flash Drive?

As discussed above formatting error and improper handling of the flash drive are the main reasons for file system corruption due to which flash drive remains in RAW state. Likewise, virus attack is one of the vital cause for RAW USB drive. These harmful programs replicate themselves by making flash drive data inaccessible or unreadable. In some scenarios while transferring data from flash drive to system sudden power surge might corrupt the device by making its files system RAW.

What is the solution to RAW flash drive?

Use Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software in order to retrieve lost data from RAW flash drive. The software is capable of recovering different types of photos, music files, movies and other documents from RAW flash drive without damaging its original contents during the restoration process. It can also restore data from formatted or corrupted flash drives. The application support data recovery from different brands of USB drives such as Transcend, SanDisk, Kingston, HP, iBall, Lexar, etc on Windows system. With the aid of this tool, you can even bring back documents and media files from other storage drives like memory cards, hard drives, external hard drives, etc on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems. Use trail version of this software to evaluate the effectiveness of data recovery outcomes.

Simple steps to get data from RAW flash drive:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery application to Windows system
  • Then connect your RAW flash drive to that PC
  • Run the software and start the data recovery process by following onscreen instructions
  • You can see two options on the main window, which are “Partition Recovery” and “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery”
  • Pick “Partition Recovery” option in order to extract data from RAW flash drive and the tool now displays all drives present on your computer
  • Choose the drive that represents your flash drive and click on “Next” button
  • Now allow the utility to scan entire drive and after scanning process gets completed, the software displays all the recoverable data from the RAW flash drive
  • Mark the files which you what to retrieve back or simply click on “Skip” button in order to select all the files by default
  • Finally save rescued files to your desired location by clicking on “Save” option

Precautionary Steps:

  • Disconnect the flash drive using “Eject” or “Safely Remove Hardware” options
  • You should follow the correct way while transferring / moving files from flash drive to another devices
  • Always keep backup of important data on some other storage device

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