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  1. Posts : 65
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    Raw formatted my external


    Ok so I recently accidently made my external USB drive into a raw, I was wondering if I could some how get it back, I think it still has the files on it, I got it so windows finally recognizes it but all it wants to do is format it. I want to keep all the files still on it can someone please help. I am not the one that did it, I was installing things on my flash drives like utilities for later and for some reason the install program started installing onto my external even though my target drive was my flash drive.
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  2. topgundcp's Avatar
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       #2

    Your HD became RAW (Corrupted Master Boot Record) for one of the reasons below:
    1. HD is going bad
    2. Power Surge
    3. You unplug the cable and did not use "Safely Remove" while the HD is performing disk I/O


    Download test disk and follow the link below
    UPDATED How To Fix: External Disk Drive Suddenly Became RAW
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  3. Posts : 65
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    topgundcp said:
    Your HD became RAW (Corrupted Master Boot Record) for one of the reasons below:
    1. HD is going bad
    2. Power Surge
    3. You unplug the cable and did not use "Safely Remove" while the HD is performing disk I/O


    Download test disk and follow the link below
    UPDATED How To Fix: External Disk Drive Suddenly Became RAW
    nope, it became raw because the program I used was trying to use it as a boot drive so it attempted to reformat but I stopped it instantly. I would rather not have to fix it from a boot, I need a good way to do it from windows. I dont wanna be sitting in a black screen for 6hrs+ while some random program may or may not fix my hdd.
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  4. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
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    Get ahold of an Ubuntu live USB, don't install just "try Ubuntu" and in the live environment mount the RAW disk and see if you can see your files and transfer them somewhere else (drag & drop) then let the RAW disk format, or you can use GParted in the live environment and format there, than place your files back on the disk.
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  5. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    darkf0xx said:
    nope, it became raw because the program I used was trying to use it as a boot drive so it attempted to reformat but I stopped it instantly. I would rather not have to fix it from a boot, I need a good way to do it from windows. I dont wanna be sitting in a black screen for 6hrs+ while some random program may or may not fix my hdd.
    Cliff S said:
    Get ahold of an Ubuntu live USB, don't install just "try Ubuntu" and in the live environment mount the RAW disk and see if you can see your files and transfer them somewhere else (drag & drop) then let the RAW disk format, or you can use GParted in the live environment and format there, than place your files back on the disk.

    Cliff knows his stuff on this. Suggest you follow instructions....
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  6. Posts : 65
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Im just using "[email protected] Partition Recovery"
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  7. Wynona's Avatar
    Posts : 27,955
    Windows 10 2404 Build 19042.867
       #7

    topgundcp said:
    Your HD became RAW (Corrupted Master Boot Record) for one of the reasons below:
    1. HD is going bad
    2. Power Surge
    3. You unplug the cable and did not use "Safely Remove" while the HD is performing disk I/O


    Download test disk and follow the link below
    UPDATED How To Fix: External Disk Drive Suddenly Became RAW
    Thanks, TopGun; however, we need to add one more to the mix!

    Mine "went RAW" with Windows 10 Insider Build 10547 when I was trying to create a bootable USB drive. Someone said to format it so I did and that's when things went haywire.
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  8. Wynona's Avatar
    Posts : 27,955
    Windows 10 2404 Build 19042.867
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    Cliff S said:
    Get ahold of an Ubuntu live USB, don't install just "try Ubuntu" and in the live environment mount the RAW disk and see if you can see your files and transfer them somewhere else (drag & drop) then let the RAW disk format, or you can use GParted in the live environment and format there, than place your files back on the disk.
    Hi Cliff:

    Since I'm not an Ubuntu user (been thinking about it), I'm not understanding what you mean by "Ubuntu live USB".
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  9. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 25,544
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #9

    When you download Ubuntu and burn it to a USB or DVD, then boot to it, you get 2 options, "Try Ubuntu now" and "Install", you choose the Try Ubuntu and it runs in you RAM just like Macrium Reflect does. That is a Live Disk.

    Links with more info's:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...re-you-install

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-computer/
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  10. Wynona's Avatar
    Posts : 27,955
    Windows 10 2404 Build 19042.867
       #10

    Cliff S said:
    When you download Ubuntu and burn it to a USB or DVD, then boot to it, you get 2 options, "Try Ubuntu now" and "Install", you choose the Try Ubuntu and it runs in you RAM just like Macrium Reflect does. That is a Live Disk.

    Links with more info's:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...re-you-install

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-computer/
    Thank you sir! Much appreciated!
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