How to Fix a RAW File System on a Hard Drive

By Charles Poole

A raw file system is defined as a hard drive that does not have a Windows file system installed on it. Because there is not a file system on the drive, the drive cannot be used to store data from a Windows based computer. This is not always the case in hard drives because viruses can cause a hard drive to go raw. In order to fix this problem, you will need some external software.

Things You'll Need

  • Recovery software (see References link)

ReclaiME

Step 1

Go to the "ReclaiMe" website and download the software (see References link).

Step 2

Double click on the software icon to open it.

Step 3

Click on your drive in the menu that appears on the software screen.

Step 4

Click the "Save All" button to save all of the files on your hard drive to your native hard drive (the hard drive in your computer).

Step 5

Reformat the former raw system hard drive and replace the recovered files.

Data Recovery Wizard

Step 1

Go to the "Data Recovery Wizard" homepage and download the software (see References link).

Step 2

Double click on the software icon to launch the program.

Step 3

Click on the raw file system hard drive in the menu.

Step 4

Click on your native hard drive as the drive you want to recover the files to.

Step 5

Click "Recover" in the software screen.

ZAR Recovery

Step 1

Go to the "ZAR Recovery" page and download the software (see References link).

Step 2

Launch the software and click the "Next" button. Choose the "Recovery data from a simple volume or from a functional RAID volume" button and click "Next."

Step 3

Choose your raw system drive from the menu and click the "Next" button. Choose your partition from the menu and allow the program to run. This will run 2 hours for every 100GB of data on the partition.

Step 4

Choose all of the files that you want to recover and click the "Next" button.

Step 5

Click the "Start copying the selected files" button and wait for the data to be recovered.