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Convert RAW data back to NTFS

8,367 11,466 June 14, 2018 at 01:13 PM
Sort of a continuation of my other thread. I've tried everything I could find on Google and YouTube and installed no less than a half dozen to a dozen partition programs to try and bring my old desktop data drive back to life with no luck.

The drive shows up in Explorer, but it can't be accessed and in and Disk Management it shows are RAW, but I can't make it active. CHKDSK says it isn't available for RAW drives.

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I had this happen to a work drive before our company did routine backups. I wound up using a recovery software that scans the drive and basically rebuilds the MBR - that said, there may be files it cannot recover fully, or determine what they are, what their directory structure was, etc. Fortunately for me I was able to recover all my "Work" with the misc files being system or program files. All this was done on a PC with the raw drive connected directly via SATA. I didn't have any luck at all using an external case (e.g. USB or even esata).

I believe the software was Data Rescue PC3 but I also tried Easeus, icare, ontrack, reclaime, r-studio and stellar phoenix.

The priority should be not changing the drive in any way (e.g. writing to it) or obviously formatting it.
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I had this happen to a work drive before our company did routine backups. I wound up using a recovery software that scans the drive and basically rebuilds the MBR - that said, there may be files it cannot recover fully, or determine what they are, what their directory structure was, etc. Fortunately for me I was able to recover all my "Work" with the misc files being system or program files. All this was done on a PC with the raw drive connected directly via SATA. I didn't have any luck at all using an external case (e.g. USB or even esata).

I believe the software was Data Rescue PC3 but I also tried Easeus, icare, ontrack, reclaime, r-studio and stellar phoenix.

The priority should be not changing the drive in any way (e.g. writing to it) or obviously formatting it.
Thank you. I'll see if I can connect it via SATA, but as mentioned, it's only a data drive and the OS drive it was originally working with may be shot as well.

BTW I believe I tried every one you mentioned except the one you used (since they don't have a free trial). Although I'm more than happy to pay if it would definitely work, but I found some of those programs useless since they didn't even recognize the drive.
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I stand corrected. Data Rescue PC3 actually does have a free trial. Maybe I'll try that when I get home.
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Thanks! I tried most of those previously and unfortunately either they don't recognize the drive at all or they say to contact customer support when I try to scan them. Although I guess I'll try the couple that I haven't since I'm running out of options. On the positive side, I do have a backup of most what was on that drive. There were only a couple folders that I'd love to have and backup.
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I had my secondary partition disappear and turn to RAW format on a two-week old SSD yesterday.

I was able to recover it by doing a full scan with this tool: http://dmde.com/

It's not the most intuitive tool to use, but I was very grateful that it worked.

I found the s/w based on this forum post.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum...tion-drive

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I ran into this problem with my old hard drive. My computer wouldn't boot up so i had to boot up with a spare hard drive and looked at disk management and saw it as raw and couldn't access it. I looked at all the data recovery software and the only one that seemed to work flawlessly was testdisk and photorec(they come together in the same download). They found a lot of my files but it's messy and they don't restore the old filename of the data recovered... Another good thing is that it can rebuild your boot sector and stuff. It's a really nice program and it's 100% free.

https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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I had my secondary partition disappear and turn to RAW format on a two-week old SSD yesterday.

I was able to recover it by doing a full scan with this tool: http://dmde.com/

It's not the most intuitive tool to use, but I was very grateful that it worked.

I found the s/w based on this forum post.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum...tion-drive

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I ran into this problem with my old hard drive. My computer wouldn't boot up so i had to boot up with a spare hard drive and looked at disk management and saw it as raw and couldn't access it. I looked at all the data recovery software and the only one that seemed to work flawlessly was testdisk and photorec(they come together in the same download). They found a lot of my files but it's messy and they don't restore the old filename of the data recovered... Another good thing is that it can rebuild your boot sector and stuff. It's a really nice program and it's 100% free.

https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
Thanks! I'll try them both.
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I'd say it all depends on what was written to the disk when it was in RAW state. Basically your MBR and such is farked and so the OS doesn't know what file system, nor what files are or where. The data is still there, and most of these recovery programs seem to scan the drive and look for entire files and names and a directory structure and rebuild the MBR, thus making the drive recognizable by an OS. PRoblem is, if anything is written to the disk in the meanwhile (perhaps even by recovery software), it will overwrite current files, which could even be small pieces of many files.
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Drives don't just magically lose their formatting or get converted to "raw". RAW basically means the os (windows) doesn't recognize the format of the drive. If you plug a mac or linux formatted drive in to windows it may show up this way.

Either something overwrote part of the drive wiping out key file system information or the drive is having serious mechanical issues. If data recovery software isn't turning up anything it's either physical damage or things were overwritten so much the software isn't working. If the data on the drive is important enough to you and you don't have a back up a data recovery service that you send the drive to may be able to recover some data, but it's expensive... some places will do a little analysis to see what's wrong and give you a more accurate estimate of the recovery costs for a small fee.
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Drives don't just magically lose their formatting or get converted to "raw". RAW basically means the os (windows) doesn't recognize the format of the drive. If you plug a mac or linux formatted drive in to windows it may show up this way.

Either something overwrote part of the drive wiping out key file system information or the drive is having serious mechanical issues. If data recovery software isn't turning up anything it's either physical damage or things were overwritten so much the software isn't working. If the data on the drive is important enough to you and you don't have a back up a data recovery service that you send the drive to may be able to recover some data, but it's expensive... some places will do a little analysis to see what's wrong and give you a more accurate estimate of the recovery costs for a small fee.
Thanks! To give a little history, this was a 2TB data drive with a 240GB SSD OS drive in an all in one. I was just working one day and went to open a document in my data drive and it wouldn't open. I then looked in Windows Explorer and saw that the data drive wasn't there. As a result, I rebooted thinking it would just pop back up, but then my AIO wouldn't boot up. The AIO was around 5 years old and didn't owe me anything, so I ordered a new system and pulled out the SSD and data drive for later testing. I actually haven't tested the SSD yet, but there was nothing of great importance on it besides the OS, which wouldn't boot up for some reason.

I did not intentionally write anything to the drive, but as was mentioned, I'm guessing some of the recovery software I tried may have.

There is nothing super critical that I can't live without (that I can think of), but it would be nice to make sure. Thankfully all my music and pictures were also on my external 5TB drive (and now on a network drive connected to my router).
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