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How to Recover Data from RAW USB Drive in 2023?

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Sep 08, 2023 • Filed to: USB Recovery • Proven solutions

How do I Recover Files from a RAW USB Drive?

I have a USB flash drive that I have been using for a long time. Yesterday when I was about to use it the computer told me that I couldn’t open the USB drive. When I checked the properties of it, I found my USB drive was 0 MB with the RAW file system. It was supposed to be a FAT 32 system. There are lots of important files on my USB drive. Can I recover files from the RAW USB drive?

The RAW USB drive is not accessible before you format it, to rescue your USB data, on the following we will show you the best way to recover files from raw USB drive with the powerful RAW drive recovery software.

Why the USB Drive Become RAW?

The USB flash drive becomes RAW, it can be infected by virus or the file system crashed. The data on the drive becomes inaccessible. The common RAW USB drive scenarios:

To access your USB flash drive, you can try to format it. But you can try to recover files from the raw USB drive before you decide to format it. As long as the files on your USB flash drive have not been overwritten by new data, you should be able to recover all lost files from your RAW USB drive with a RAW USB drive recovery program.

How to Recover RAW USB Drive?

To repair/fix RAW USB drive without data lost, we recommend Recoverit Data Recovery software. It is an effective USB data recovery program to help you recover files from a RAW USB drive.

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Recoverit - The Best RAW USB Drive Recovery Software

(1). Recover data from RAW/inaccessible USB flash drive

(2). Undeleted files from corrupted USB without data lost.

(3). It supported RAW data recovery on Windows and Mac

Steps on How to Recover Data from Raw USB Drive

Download and install Recoverit RAW Data Recovery on your computer, connect your RAW USB drive to the computer and make sure it has detected. Follow the next tutorial to perform RAW drive recovery on Windows computer.

Step 1. Launch Recoverit Data Recovery on your computer, select "Hard Drives and Locations" mode to get started.

Step 2. Select the RAW USB drive which is detected on your computer, and click start to next.

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Step 3. This RAW data recovery software will start scanning the drive to restore your data files, it will take for a while.

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Step 4. In the end, you can check all recovered files on the results. Preview some recovered photo files, and click "Recover" button to retrieve your files back.

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Video Tutorial on How to Recover RAW USB Drive

How to Fix and Repair RAW USB Drive?

1. CHKDSK Fix RAW USB Drive Without Formatting

Not known for most of people, the chkdsk command can fix the RAW USB drive without formatting. To do this accurately, follow the below steps accurately.

2. Check RAW USB drive with file explorer

After recovering your data, you can follow the next steps to format your RAW USB flash drive and fix the RAW drive error.

  1. Connect your RAW USB drive to the PC.
  2. Open My Computer and select the icon of Removable disk.
  3. Right-click on the USB drive and select Properties.
  4. Go to Tool tab, on the Error-checking option you can find The option will check the drive for file system errors., then click the Check button to start checking.

After a while, the RAW USB drive becomes formatted and can be used again. As above mentioned, you can easily fix and repair your RAW USB drive without data loss.

3. Repair RAW USB drive by Formatting

When a USB drive becomes raw, it means that the file system on the drive is corrupted or missing. Formatting the USB drive will create a new file system and can potentially resolve issues with the drive. Here we will show you how to format the RAW USB drive in 3 different ways.

Format RAW USB drive in File Explorer

  1. Connect the USB drive to your computer, and go to File Explorer.
  2. Find the UBS drive and right-click on it.
  3. Select Format->select the File system.
  4. If you want to perform a deep format, uncheck the box of Quick Format.
  5. Click Start to format the drive.

(Quick Format only erases the file system information on the storage device, without scanning the disk for bad sectors. While the Deep Format will do everything the quick format does, and also check for possible bad sectors on the disk.)

Format RAW USB drive with Disk Management

  1. Right-click the Start icon at the bottom left of your computer window, click Disk Management.
  2. Right-click on the target USB drive, then select Format.
  3. Set the Volume label, File system for the drive.
  4. Uncheck the Perform a quick format option if you want to run a deep format.
  5. Click OK to get the process started.

Format RAW USB drive using Command Prompt

  1. Press Windows+R to open the Run box.
  2. Type in cmd and press Enter to launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Type the following command one by one, and press Enter each time:

    list disk
    select disk X(X refers to the drive number of the raw USB drive)
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs quick(or format fs=fat32 quick)
  4. Then, type exit and press enter to close the utility.

For more information about USB drive formatting, you can read this: how to format and unformat flash drive.

To sum up, you can recover lost files from RAW USB drive with the help of Recoverit USB data recovery. Click to download it and try it now!

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