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Data Recovery from RAW file system?


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avsky

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hey there.

i have 2 hard drives, a 60GB master and 40GB slave. last night i formatted my master drive which had win2k on it, and installed win xp pro onto it. i backed up my data on the slave drive first, and once windows was setp up i tried to access the slave drive and it tells me that access to the drive is denied.

the slave drive was either obviously NTFS or FAT32, but when i right click --> properties, it says the file system is now RAW. i can't run scandisk, the slave drive doesn't show up in the defrag utility volume listing, but if i run diskmgmt.msc, the slave drive will appear as "healthy (active)" and listed as NTFS.

no one i have asked knows what's going on..

could it be, that whilst i had wink2k installed on this machine, the access to the slave drive was only given to me and my username. i didn't take this permission off before formatting (it slipped my mind) and i was thinking this may be the cause, but i really have no idea.

can anyone tell me if it's fixable, or a program that can extract the data (remembering it's saying it's RAWFS) to my master drive so i can format the slave again?

thanks a lot.
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Ouch <_< that's no good!

Good news, is I don't think you had the partition encrypted, if so the data would probably be lost--unless you had a backup of your security certficate.

Bad news, I only remember seeing RAWFS on a floppy, or *NIX system. I have to think your system is identifying this partition wrong for some reason. Do you have another system to test the slave drive?
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Hello, thanks for your nice post! In fact, last time, when my external hard disk showed as RAW file system in Disk Management, your description really helped me a lot. Honestly, this drive just weirdly asked me to format whenever I tried to access my left files inside at first. So, in order to figure out what was going on there, I immediately checked the properties and related information there. And then, found the file system of this hard disk was turned into RAW. It nearly drove me crazy when I realized all my school documents inside were lost. However, fortunately, after trying some data recovery solutions online, I did rescued most of my files back.

Thanks for your useful clues. 


Edited by MollyKim0, 23 September 2015 - 12:54 AM.

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