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  Hard Drive format went to "RAW" plz help!!! 
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Mike Reeds Feb 04, 2005, 10:48pm EST Report Abuse

I was happily using my 80 gig drive to store a myriad of important things to me. Over the years i've collected quite a few media items teeming with sentimental value. Anyway, one day I try to boot up and it says the OS can't be found so use another HD to boot and slave the 80. If i try and access it via explorer it says its not formatted, would I wish to do so now? HECK NO. My HD changed from some working type (fat32 maybe?) to "RAW".

1. What is RAW?
2. How do I convert this "RAW" HD back to something explorer can access??

Thanks a lot.

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Reason Feb 05, 2005, 02:17am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Hard Drive format went to "RAW" plz help!!!
I have a small partition formatted as FAT16 that shows up as raw on my computer. as far as changing it back, not sure. sorry.

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Steve Vickers Feb 06, 2005, 10:26pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Hard Drive format went to "RAW" plz help!!!
Damn I hate to be the barer of bad news but that drive has lost its "fat" or file allocation table. This table is the organizing table for the hard drive, its like a frontal labotomy. Dont format the drive, if you must get the info off the disk you can send it into experts that can retrieve the info for you. As for raw...well to the best I remember it is the state of a hard drive before formatting....or after a lobotomy.

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Patrick O'Furniture Feb 08, 2005, 05:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Hard Drive format went to "RAW" plz help!!!
Tell us EVERYTHING you know about your HDD; make, model, and so on. Odds are good that the drive maker has a freeware utility you can download to test the drive with, and we should be able to help you figure out which one you need.

You'll have to save the downloaded file to your Desktop (so you can find it easily), and have some BLANK floppy disks on hand. When you run the program, it will step you through the process of making the test floppy / floppies. Be SURE to read the README file, which will probably be on the floppy itself, BEFORE you try to use the utility, so you'll know WHAT to do, and just as importantly, what NOT to do, when the time comes. It probably would help you a LOT to print the README file, just to have it available.

Next, you'll have to boot the defective system with the floppy disk you just created, and that might require changing your CMOS settings to allow the system to boot from the floppy. Once you've done that, you can run some tests with the software. Keep in mind that some of those tests will DESTROY your data, so a word to the wise...

Post back here if you have any questions, and we'll see if maybe you can either restore the drive to functionality WITHOUT losing data, or if you will be forced to take drastic measures.

d l Feb 18, 2005, 06:41am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Hard Drive format went to "RAW" plz help!!!
This has happened to my 2.5" Seagate 40gb Hard Drive
How can I get my data back
what software do i need

Chris Rau Feb 22, 2005, 01:51pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Hard Drive format went to "RAW" plz help!!!
This just happened to my HD too. I have a Western Digital 80gb external HD. I to have lots of files on this HD. Loaded up my MP3 player for a road trip this weekend, it worked fine, got home, started up pc, now the HD is in RAW format. Guess that I will have to bring it to the experts to see if they can retreive the files.



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