How to Fix a RAW File System on a Hard Drive
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)
Go to the "ReclaiMe" website and download the software (see References link).
Double click on the software icon to open it.
Click on your drive in the menu that appears on the software screen.
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).
Reformat the former raw system hard drive and replace the recovered files.
Data Recovery Wizard
Go to the "Data Recovery Wizard" homepage and download the software (see References link).
Double click on the software icon to launch the program.
Click on the raw file system hard drive in the menu.
Click on your native hard drive as the drive you want to recover the files to.
Click "Recover" in the software screen.
Go to the "ZAR Recovery" page and download the software (see References link).
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."
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.
Choose all of the files that you want to recover and click the "Next" button.
Click the "Start copying the selected files" button and wait for the data to be recovered.