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How to Recover Raw Partition Without Losing Data for Free?


How to recover raw partition without losing data for free is a quite concerned question among our users. And today in this article we are going to tell you how to restore raw partition issues.

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What is a raw partition on Windows 7/8/10 and what causes the issue?

Generally, the common Windows file system we are knowing is exFAT, FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS, and then another unknown file system will be marked as RAW,  that so says, RAW isn't a file system but an error of a partition on a hard disk or any other data storage device.

If you have tried to format the disk or external devices while received an error that the disk couldn't be formatted successfully or you have encrypted the partition by third-partition partition software before, the partition may turn to RAW partition as well.

Still, there are other common RAW partition error causes:

1. Reading errors or bad blocks in large numbers were found.
2. Virus or Trojan infection.
3. External Device's firmware corrupted.
4. Bad file structures.
5. Upgrade to Windows 10 may rarely cause the RAW file system.

When will you know the partition turns to RAW partition?

If you try to open a partition and suddenly have such Windows appeared, that means your partition is now inaccessible and turns into RAW partition, you can right-click the partition and select Properties to check the type of file system.


It shows your partition is an RAW partition in the file system section and even shows 0 bytes in Used space or Free space section of your local disk.


Also, you can find the partition status in Disk Management with the following information:


What's worse, you cannot open the partition to access your precious data and even you may receive a prompt: You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it. Will you really try to format it? I hope no, and here's why we are willing to tell about how to recover RAW partition without losing data for free.

How to recover RAW partition without losing data for free with Bitwar Data Recovery?

As the Raw partition still contains our precious data, that's the truth you have to know and don't even try to format the RAW partition, otherwise, you will lose your data forever!

And now we are going to retrieve data from RAW partition, we can rely on Bitwar Data Recovery Software that is helpful for us to restore data from RAW partition. You can download the software and follow the tips to get a 30-days free trial license in the software.

Steps to recover files from raw partition

Step 1. Download Bitwar Data Recovery and install it on your computer. It is compatible with all Windows operating systems, such as Windows 7/8/10. After installation, launch the software.

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Step 2. Choose the partition of your hard drive that shows as RAW and then clicks the Next button.


Step 3. Select the scan mode and file types you need to recover and then click Scan.

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Step 4. Preview and recover the files. After scanning, you can preview the files to see whether they are in good condition to recover or not. Moreover, you can check the type of files on the left tree list to short the time to find your target data. After found your data, click Recover to save the files to a different partition or external device.

When faced with the partition turned into the RAW file system issue, you can follow the above steps to recover files from raw partition step-by-step, no matter you are familiar with the computer operations or not, Bitwar Data Recovery offers an easy-to-use interface for all users include green hands. With the help of Bitwar Data Recovery, everyone can easily restore data from accidental deletion, formatting, RAW partition on the hard drive, USB flash drive, SD Card, etc.

After you recovered data from RAW partition, you can follow below tips to convert RAW to NTFS.

1. Open This PC > Find the RAW partition.
2. Right-click the RAW partition and choose Format.
3. Select NTFS in the file system section and then perform Quick Format.

After converted to NTFS partition, you can then open the partition in drive: X (X means drive letter, e.g. F)

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