How to Fix the RAW Error of an External Hard Drive

In the life of most computer users, there must have been both mechanical and logical problems with hard drives. Today we will look at such an error as RAW markup.

A RAW error is a special Windows file system markup that the operating system assigns to the drive in case none of the drivers installed on the PC could recognize the current disk system. Below we give instructions for solving the problem, but first we will analyze the main symptoms of a RAW external hard drive error, so that you can be sure about what happened to it.

How to Fix the RAW Error

Raw Error Signs on External Hard Drive

If you receive the following messages while using the disk, you can be sure that the device was corrupted partition and it should be restored.

  • The file system is marked as RAW.
  • File names contain “weird” characters.
  • Windows displays the message “The disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? ”
Disk Management window

Steps to fix RAW problems and recover files

Having made sure that the error could have happened to the disc, it’s time to go to restoring the device and data. Starus Partition Recovery will help you with this. It is a professional software, capable in two clicks to analyze any disk you are interested in, restore partitions and even information seemed to be lost.

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1. Launch Starus Partition Recovery and left-click on the disk you want to scan.
Select the appropriate analysis mode. A quick scan will allow you to quickly find the latest data on the device, and Full Scan performs a deep analysis, with which you can find even the oldest data that you may have already forgotten about.

Selecting analysis mode - Fast or Full scan

2. Select the files you want to restore, click on any of them with the right mouse button and Restore them.

Selecting files for recovery and saving

3. Upon completion of successful data recovery on an external hard disk, you can format the RAW device into readable Windows FAT, NTFS and other file systems.

Note: If you formatted the disk before you restore the data, do not be upset! Starus Partition Recovery can recover this information even after the drive has been completely restored.

In the trial version of the product all functions are available for successful analysis and recovery of information. The preview function is also available and will help ensure that the specific file is not damaged or overwritten and can be fully restored. To save the recovered data, you must register the program.

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Ruslan Yermolov

Ruslan Yermolov

Data recovery expert - providing practical advice on how to use simple tools to solve complex data recovery and data protection problems on today's storage devices. Education - Manager Economist, and since 2010 the creator of Starus Recovery, developer of the eponymous website, which provides users with a wide range of software for digital information recovery.

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Read Our Frequent Questions

RAW is when there is no file system. Usually due to her critical damage. Or perhaps the external hard drive is damaged. Data on a RAW disk cannot be accessed. Data can only be recovered by special programs.

It is necessary to resort to the help of a data recovery program, such as Starus Partition Recovery. And follow the steps in the article.

You need to format the RAW partition on an external hard drive. You may need to format all partitions if there are multiple partitions. You can find out about the health of the disk using diagnostic programs such as CrystalDiskInfo or Hard Disk Sentinel.

Comments (2)

  • Starus Recovery
    Starus Recovery 17.01.2019 14:45

    If you have any suggestions or questions about how to fix RAW markup error of external hard disk, please leave a comment below.

  • Jordanalbert15
    Jordanalbert15 11.02.2022 09:05

    Great article, exceptionally helpful in fixing the RAW error of my external hard drive! I just started in this and I'm getting better acquainted with it!

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