Data Recovery from RAW Hard Drive

RAW hard drive is a state, where the computer fails to recognize the file system of the hard disk. Usually when a file system is corrupted or damaged it becomes RAW, making its data inaccessible and unreadable. For example when you remove your external hard drive while copying or writing process the drive becomes corrupt and turns RAW and many error messages pops up when you attempt to access data from such RAW hard drives. Some of the common error messages are listed below:

  • “The disk in drive (D) is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”
  • “Invalid media type reading drive E: Abort, retry, fail?”
  • “There was an error accessing drive G:. The disk is not formatted”
  • “Sector not found”

When hard drive becomes RAW, it displays the disk space as 0 bytes and worse, you won’t be able to access any data from it. In order to access the drive you need to format hard disk, which will eventually result in complete data loss from that partition? So can you retrieve data from RAW hard drive? Yes, data on RAW hard disk is recoverable with the help of reliable data recovery software. Before knowing how it is done, you need to know other causes behind RAW hard drive.

The main reasons for hard drive becoming RAW are:

  • Damaged Master Boot Record
  • Corruption of hard drive Partition Table
  • Severe virus infection on hard disk file system
  • Malfunction of Windows operating system
  • Power failure or improper system termination wile accessing data
  • Hard disk failure due to hardware or software malfunction
  • Interruption while formatting or reformatting or hard drive re-partitioning process

However as said earlier, data lost from these RAW hard drives can be recovered with the aid of a recovery program, where Yodot Hard Drive Recovery would be the right choice in this case. This recovery software offers one of the best ways to bring back missing data or lost partitions from your hard drive that turns RAW due to any of the above mentioned reasons. The application supports recovery of all file types including music, pictures, RAW images, videos, movies, documents, office files (DOC,DOCX, PPT,PPTX, XLS, etc), compressed files and so on from RAW hard drive and also from other storage media like external hard drives, memory cards, pen drives, music players, etc.

How to use the software?

  • Remove your RAW hard drive and connect the hard drive to a healthy computer
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software and install it on your computer
  • Run the software and follow the main screen steps and click on “Partition Recovery” from the main screen
  • The software scans and display all logical and physical drives including your external drive (RAW hard drive)
  • Choose the external hard drive and click on “Next” button
  • The application repeats the scanning process and shows all the recovered files in 2 distinct views i.e. “Data Type” and “File Type”
  • Toggle between the view type, which makes your search easier
  • Select the files and folders which you want to recover back
  • Preview the recovered files before saving
  • At last save your recovered files to preferred storage location on your PC


  • Avoid adding any new data to your RAW hard drive, which might result in overwriting of original data
  • Sine viruses are one of the main reason for corruption, remove them using a powerful antivirus program
  • Make use a UPS device to prevent data loss due to power surge
  • After performing format operation avoid reformatting your hard drive again as this makes recovery very difficult

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