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My 1T external HDD won't format and reads as raw

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Raw file system means that it is the file system that windows does not recognize. This happens when records determining the file system location etc on the disk are damaged or corrupted. so windows prompt you to format, do not format it. Try again from disk management

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I am assuming (because you did not tell me) that you are running a version of Windows. You need to open help and support and search under drive management. The drive is showing as raw because you have not yet created a basic volume or any partition structure.

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Try your HD in another computer; if it works, make a back-up of your files on another disk.
To understand what RAW format means, try this
http://www.ehow.com/facts_7167186_raw-disk-format_.html
or look for it in Wikipedia.
By searching the internet ("raw disk has data on it"), the first article I found was this
http://html5.litten.com/how-to-fix-external-disk-drive-suddenly-became-raw/
which may be of some help.
In that article a Linux system is used to read and modify the disk. There other tools for repairing this type of fault, for example, http://www.easeus.com/resource/recover-raw-disk.htm
(I do not know if this free:: the information in the article is certainly free though)
Recovering your files will probably mean a lot reading, research and time, but you might be lucky. I recommend reading any article you are going to use through to the end before you start with it.

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