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  1.    06 Oct 2015 #1
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    windows 10

    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.    06 Oct 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    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.    06 Oct 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    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.    06 Oct 2015 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu

    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.    06 Oct 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by darkf0xx View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    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.    06 Oct 2015 #6
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    Im just using "Active@ Partition Recovery"
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  7.    06 Oct 2015 #7
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16281

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    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.    06 Oct 2015 #8
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16281

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    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.    06 Oct 2015 #9
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
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    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.    06 Oct 2015 #10
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    Posts : 17,873
    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16281

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    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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