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The file system of my hard drive become RAW.

My WD My book 500GB hard drive suddenly stop working. when i check the properties, it shows the file system become RAW.
How to fix this??? anyone, please help.

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    after re-install XP on my Laptop... My WD external hard drive stop working. It does recognise on Icon tray but doesnt show up on "MY Computer". After Rename the drive letter.. it appear but when i tried to open it.. windows doesn't recognise it.. says "Do you want to format now".. "unformat or RAW drive" ... Please help!

  • Envy2107 Jan 06, 2009

    I have Western 500g External Harddrive and after working fine for 1 year it suddenly became FAT32 and I couldnt copy anything onto it. So i backed my files up and formatted it. (Not quick format). It took ages, about 15 hours, but at the end it said it windows couldnt format it. And now it has turn to RAW and wont let me format it at all. Can anyone help me please?

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    my maxtor one touch 4 mini 120 gb hard have the same prob, i have more than 70 gb on it, it was connected to the computer , and some files were open from it, and suddently the computer stopped responding because of a virus in the system so i reseted the computer and, the hard disk became raw and inaccessible.

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  • litunya Mar 19, 2009

    I gave a friend my 1GB flash disk to copy on photos. the disk on returning indicated RAW file system. I have tried to access it in vain and windows does not format it.funnly it indictaes 8mb capacity. help pls

  • mgriffen
    mgriffen Dec 12, 2012

    my Hitachi Deskstar 3TB worked fine for a year then one night I was having issues playing back video while transferring files onto it, I restarted my computer and when it booted up my 3TB drive was coming up as RAW files system and Windows was asking me to format it.. I installed HGST Disk Manager, my computer restart, Windows ran chkdsk and i sat and watched as it deleted all my filesystem indexes! Never buy Hitachi hard drives! and if you plan to run a data recovery program, don't let chkdsk run on your HDD! Now my HDD detects fine but its not showing me any of my data!



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This tutorial describes the procedure to recover one volume when

  • the volume was accidentally formatted
  • Windows reports the volume is "raw filesystem", or "not formatted"
  • An external drive failed, either flash (so called "thumb drive") or an hard disk connected using USB or FireWire enclosure.
  • MFT is corrupt on the NTFS volume, rendering filesystem partially or completely unreadable
The recovery is done in seven steps, requiring about eleven (11) mouse clicks. Note: The older than current versions of ZAR might have been used to create the screenshots in this tutorial. We did not update the screenshots if there is no significant difference between older and current versions. If you see some option in the program which is not described in the tutorial, just leave it at its default setting.
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Hello, I am sorry to hear that you also get this external hard disk RAW file system error. Honestly, last time, after attaching my external hard disk to a PC, I do find my external hard disk has RAW file system and cannot be accessed, too. In order to rescue my left drive files and movies, I do tried many portable hard disk RAW error recovery methods and finally have recovered most of my original drive files back at the aid of external hard disk RAW file system recovery software.
Hence, you'd better also read more related data recovery articles and get clues here:
External hard drive turns to raw file system
Learn more drive file recovery information

Hope these words work for you.

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RAW hard drive problem is not difficult to fix.
In your case, you could try two ways:
1). To save the contents inside this drive, you can try to use some other data recovery programs.
Even though this drive has becomes RAW, you also could use some data recovery programs to take chances.
If you don't want to waste your money on this unsure thing, you could try some free drive data recovery applications at first:
Note: You'd better not save anything else on this RAW drive in case of data loss.
2). To save this drive, you could try to format it into NTFS or FAT32.
RAW file system often cannot be read/write under both of Windows and Mac OS. That's why one is always asked to format it into NTFS or FAT32 file system. (These file system could be easily read/write under Windows OS.)
Note: If this formatting process also could not save this drive, you have to replace it.

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