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Monday, October 29, 2012

Help! External Drive Became RAW!

Hi! There! I have a problem. I used the external drive of my friend to watch a movie on my laptop. It worked well. However, when my friend got it back, it didn’t work on his computer. And the computer message says his external hard drive need toformat. He also has a lot of stuff on the drive. So I come here to ask you for help. Is there another way instead of formatting? Now the drive is RAW and cannot work on my laptop, too. Any suggestion could be appreciated.
Solution for Drive Became RAW

When file system cannot be recognized in Windows, it became RAW from FAT32 or NTFS. And it warns "Disk in Drive * is not formatted, do you want to format it now?"
When data became inaccessible, the first thing to do is to recover data off raw drive with data recovery software. This software allows you to recover files from RAW external hard drive and SD card that is blank with unsupported filesystem.
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RAW problems always annoy people. It can be caused by many reasons, the physical damage of the drive, the virus or spyware attack or even the rude behavior of inserting the drive to a computer. It is truly a great thread to the safety of data on the drive.

But, as a problem appears, we should make our efforts to resolve it.
In fact, this answer is unexpectedly simple. You just need accomplish two things.
1. A recovery program?
At first, you should know whether the data there is needed. In your case, your friend absolutely needs the data on his drive. So, what he should do next is to restore his data from the raw memory card, external hard drive, to restore his data by using recovery software. 
2.  Format it.
After recovering all your data on the RAW drive, you are supposed to format it. Formatting can help it to return it to its original state. As a result, you can freely use it again.

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