How to Recover Data from Raw USB Drive

Can I recover files from raw drive?

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

Why USB drive become RAW?

When a USB drive becomes RAW, it means that it is a disk which has no file system associated with it. You can check whether the file system of your USB drive has turned RAW by right clicking on the USB and clicking on “properties”. Now, select the option “General” and check the used memory space. For drives whose system is RAW, the memory space will be shown as 0 bytes. If there is a change in file system’s orientation, then also system becomes RAW.

Some of the main reasons why a USB drive becomes RAW are stated below:

To access your usb flash drive, you can try to format it. But you can try to recover files from 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.

Part 1: The Best Raw Drive Recovery Software

Wondershare Data Recovery is an effective reliable RAW data recovery software, it can easily help you to recover data from RAW USB drive or RAW hard drive. It supports to recover almost all kinds of files from RAW usb drive.

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Part 2: How to Recover Data from Raw USB Drive

Download and install Wondershare RAW Data Recovery on your computer, connect your RAW USB drive to the computer and make sure it has detected.

  1. Select the file type to start RAW usb drive recovery
  2. Launch Wondershare Data Recovery on your computer, and select the type of files you want to recover back. Click "Next" button to start Raw File Recovery.

    select the file type

  3. Select your RAW usb drive to scan for lost files on it
  4. You can go to "Deep Scan" if you can't find your lost file from USB drive after a quick scan. It will search more files from USB drive and take more time.

    deep scan raw usb drive

  5. Retrieve files from a raw usb drive
  6. After scanning, all recoverable files on your raw usb drive will be displayed in the program window.

    preview recovered raw usb files

    You just need to select the files you need and hit on the "Recover" button to recover and save lost files on your computer.

Part 3: How to fix RAW file system errors?

While searching the internet, you will come across different solutions to fix these errors but genuinely, and you can follow the next simple solution to fix RAW file system errors.

  1. Step 1: Connect your USB drive into the PC.
  2. Step 2: Open My Computer and select the icon of Removable disk.
  3. Step 3: Now, right-click on the icon of removable disk and select Properties.
  4. Step 4: Select Tools and under it click on Check Now.
    Instantly, a new smaller window will open and it will have two options – "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".
  5. Step 5: Click on the checkbox before both the options and then click on Start button to begin scanning.

This manual method has a low probability to get the desired solution. Moreover, these steps can only be performed if the USB is recognized by system. It is only the bad sectors which will be repaired by windows, the RAW file system will remain the same. Thus, you should use a RAW data recovery software which should recover all the data from your USB drive.

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