How to fix a raw file system on a hard drive

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How to fix a raw file system on a hard drive
Use data recovery to fix your raw file system. (hard drive image by IMAGINE from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Recovery software (see References link)

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Instructions

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Double click on the software icon to open it.

  3. 3

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

  4. 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).

  5. 5

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

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Double click on the software icon to launch the program.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Click "Recover" in the software screen.

  1. 1

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

  2. 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."

  3. 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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

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