External hard disk drive is raw file system when using chkdsk? Generally speaking, we can not open it when the external hard disk drive becomes raw file system. We need to format the external hard disk drive if we want to keep using it. But the problem is we will lose files saved on the external hard disk drive at the previous time if it is formatted. As a matter of fact, we lose them when the external hard disk drive is raw.
It seems that no matter we format the external hard disk drive or not format it, we would lose its data. It is right, to some extent. But we can get the information back at that time. Yes, we have the ability to recover lost data from the raw disk.
What we should pay attention to when recover what we need from the raw external hard disk drive is that we should restore needed data at first and then format the problematic external hard disk drive. There is a bigger chance for us to get lost files back from the external hard disk drive asked to be formatetd than restore data from the external hard disk drive which was raw before but have been formatted now.
How to recover data from the raw external hard disk drive
We need to ask data recovery software for help to recover lost information from the external hard disk drive when it is raw. Here are the steps as follows to show us how to perform data recovery:
Step1. Download the data recovery software and install it on the computer.
Step2. Connect the raw external hard disk drive to the same computer on which data recovery tool launched.
Step3. Open the data restoration program and then choose the recovery model and target disk to scan.
Step4. Wait some while patiently and preview the contents in the list after scanning and then pick up the needed to recover.
Step5. Select one of the computer hard disk drives as the location to save files to be restored.
When choose the location to save data recovery software and files to be retrieved, we may not be allowed to select the raw external hard disk drive as the aim location. One reason is that the external hard disk drive is in raw system and can not be used. The other reason may be the raw external hard disk drive is the aim disk to recover data. So we should choose one of the computer hard disk drives as the location to save files to be restored.
If a memory card has not formatted error and in RAW format, you can also use the data recovery software to restore files before formatting memory card. Even if you have formatted memory card by accident, you can also recover files after formatting SD, XD, CF, etc as long as the data is not overwritten.