RAW hard disk is mainly an unformatted hard drive which has no file system configured on it. A partition in its native mode is called a RAW partition. Usually if a hard disk suffers some kind of virus attack or improper operations like unsuccessful re-formatting, the disk becomes RAW and appears as an unformatted new disk. Since there is no file system on the disk, so there is no way an operating system can read data from it and it gives an error message that "the partition needs to be formatted". For Raw partition Windows prompt shows warning as “invalid media” or “disk not formatted” or "Sector not found" due the file system displayed as RAW. All properties of a RAW partition such as size and available space of a RAW partition is displayed abnormally which indicates that the disk partition has become RAW. If the hard drive partition becomes inaccessible then it has probably turned into a RAW disk which means that you have lost access to your vital data. In such situations to get data back from RAW partition you need some proficient Disk Recovery mechanism.
Your drive partition may become RAW in following situations:
File system corruption: If the file system configured on the drive partition becomes totally corrupt or destroyed then the disk becomes RAW and inaccessible. When you try to access a RAW in such situation the Windows shows error messages which prompt you to format the partition. To get more info regarding Windows XP you can log on to http://www.partitionrecoverywindows.com/xp-hard-drive-partition.html.
Lost system file: If some important system files are lost due to human errors like accidental deletion or formatting then all the data stored in the drive partition becomes inaccessible and the operating shows it as RAW drive partition.
Unsuccessful Re-formatting: Re-formatting of a disk partition is done in order to change one file system to another. If the process of Re-formatting gets interrupted and failed then also the NTFS disk partition becomes RAW resulting in loss of all data stored in it. However, by employing Windows partition recovery software, it is very simple to recover quick formatted NTFS partition data just within a couple of moments.
Improper system shutdown or start up: Enforced system shut down before saving opened files and folders properly may result in corruption of file system which in turn causes RAW partition. Power surge is another reason that results in improper system shut down.When your system shows formatting error or warnings, you need to take care of following things:
How to get back data from RAW partition?
Data lost from a RAW drive is still intact on the drive but you cannot restore it manually. So in order to get back data from RAW partition you need the help of some efficient Partition Recovery Tool. Windows partition recovery software is one of the best recovery software that helps you to easily get data back from RAW partition. It can conveniently restore all data deleted or lost from RAW hard drive partitions. This software can even get back deleted or formatted partition data from external HDD. Its powerful scanning algorithm scans the entire hard drive in few minutes to get data back from RAW partitions. You can recover corrupted partitions, deleted partitions, lost partitions and formatted partitions of SATA, SCSI and IDE hard drives and external hard drives namely pen drive USB drive and flash drive, form more info check this link - www.partitionrecoverywindows.com/flash-drive.html. It supports partition recovery from different file system including NTFS and FAT partitions. This tool is specially designed to recover data from Windows computers. The software is also available in a trial version which facilitates you to evaluate the possibility of recovery before purchasing the software.
Step 1: First, download the trial version of the software and launch it to perfrom the RAW Partition Recovery. Now the main screen will come as shown in the fig A. Select the option "Recover Partitions/Drives".
Fig A: Select Recover Partitions/Drives
Step 2: On the next page, you need to select the RAW partition to start the restoring process.
Fig B: Select Drive
Step 3: After the recovery process is over, it will show the recovered files in a list view. For satisfaction you can preview the recovered files. If the result is satisfactory then you can buy the software.
Fig C: Recovered files