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How to recover data from raw drive for free

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How to recover data from raw drive for free

Askjenny
Thanks in advance!
I have a problem with my USB flash drive. My file system shows that it is RAW and I can't access the flash (unformat). But it is my backup drive. I have saved a lot of important data on it.
Could you tell me how to access the flash or convert the RAW files to NFTS or FAT32 or even if there is software that can get back my data, such as iCare Data Recovery Free or Recuva. I have read about it on some forums, many people write that they are free for user and professional in restoring data. Do you know about them? Could I just have a try?
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    OH Smeg

    They do not generally speaking get corrupted partition tables unlike USB External HDD's which do get corrupted partition tables when the Safely Remove Option isn't used. When they show as RAW or Unformatted they are generally speaking failed and need replacing.

    Flash Drives are not very reliable and should never be used for Critical Backup they are fine from transferring data about but really unsuitable for Backup.

    Anyway if the unit is functioning correctly you can start off with running Checkdisc on it from the Run Line in Windows chkdsk /x where x is the drive letter.

    That generally speaking will cure corrupt Partition Tables but failing that Recuva is a free utility which you can use and is made by Piriform the download link from it's maker is here

    http://www.piriform .com/recuva
    remember to remove the space from between piriform and the .com for a working link.

    Though to be perfectly honest if it is vital to recover your lost data as apposed to just being nice and the Flash Drive is actually working as apposed to failed you really should pay a professional to do the recovery. If you mess with it now unsuccessfully it only makes things harder and much more expensive for a professional to attempt the recovery and increases the chances of lost data. If you do attempt Recuva make sure to read the directions thoroughly and never write anything to the Flash Drive while performing the recovery. If you write tot he failed drive you will overwrite existing data making it very hard and exorbitantly expensive to recover. Generally speaking it's beyond peoples pockets to recover overwritten files but Government Agencies particularly Law Enforcement can do this but it's very expensive.

    Col

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    Rob Kuhn

    Correction to Col's statement "chkdsk /x where x is the drive letter.". The syntax should be chkdsk x where x is the drive letter. Then you can use the switch /R or /F after the drive letter :)

    I do agree with his statement of not using flash drives to store critical backups. Move critical backups to CD/DVD or B-DVD (Blu-Ray). It's OK to use the USB/Flash drive to back data up just be sure to move it to some other (durable) media later. :)

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    Askjenny

    Thank you for your advice, I will never use a flash drive to back up my data. Thank you for your Recuva download link. I will try it to recover my data.

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    Askjenny

    Thank you for your advice, I will never use a flash drive to back up my data. Thank you for your Recuva download link. I will try it to recover my data.

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    Askjenny

    OK! i have tried Recuva, it is totally like a miracle. i have recovered all my data by applying it. it scans quickly,too. because, i always think scanning can take a long time to go like 360 virus scan, but it just take a while. i am really satisfied with it.
    how about iCare Data Recovery Free? could it do that ?
    but i also want to know whether Recuva could restore some data from a drive after format or deletion, or could it recover data from memory card?
    as we all know, memory card is widely used on our phone or digital camera. as we use them, we may also encounter some accidentally deletion or format ,or even raw files. so i really want to know further information.
    how about iCare Data Recovery Free? could it do that ?

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    Askjenny

    how about iCare Data Recovery Free? could it do that ?

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    OH Smeg

    I don't know about this one as I have never used it previously.

    Generally speaking I use On Tracks offering which isn't free but is very good for most things, though for Forensic Type work I've found Davory from XWays very good also but slow.

    http://www.x-ways .net/davory/index-m.html

    But if this is any help I once made up a list of Data Recovery Software for TR which I have used or had recommended to me it's available here. Unfortunately I can no longer cut & paste this as TR has stopped the Tiny URL's from being used.

    http://www.techrepublic .com/forum/questions/101-342724/i-ran-repair-in-xp-setup-now-data-is-missing-what-happened?tag=content;discussion-table
    don't forget to remove the space from between the domain name and the .whatever for working links.

    Col

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    andersonn233

    An reliable data recovery tool can help you to recover data from raw partition, Download a tool from http://www.freedatarecoverysoftware.org/ and recover lost videos and other files.

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    OH Smeg

    They do not generally speaking get corrupted partition tables unlike USB External HDD's which do get corrupted partition tables when the Safely Remove Option isn't used. When they show as RAW or Unformatted they are generally speaking failed and need replacing.

    Flash Drives are not very reliable and should never be used for Critical Backup they are fine from transferring data about but really unsuitable for Backup.

    Anyway if the unit is functioning correctly you can start off with running Checkdisc on it from the Run Line in Windows chkdsk /x where x is the drive letter.

    That generally speaking will cure corrupt Partition Tables but failing that Recuva is a free utility which you can use and is made by Piriform the download link from it's maker is here

    http://www.piriform .com/recuva
    remember to remove the space from between piriform and the .com for a working link.

    Though to be perfectly honest if it is vital to recover your lost data as apposed to just being nice and the Flash Drive is actually working as apposed to failed you really should pay a professional to do the recovery. If you mess with it now unsuccessfully it only makes things harder and much more expensive for a professional to attempt the recovery and increases the chances of lost data. If you do attempt Recuva make sure to read the directions thoroughly and never write anything to the Flash Drive while performing the recovery. If you write tot he failed drive you will overwrite existing data making it very hard and exorbitantly expensive to recover. Generally speaking it's beyond peoples pockets to recover overwritten files but Government Agencies particularly Law Enforcement can do this but it's very expensive.

    Col

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    Rob Kuhn

    Correction to Col's statement "chkdsk /x where x is the drive letter.". The syntax should be chkdsk x where x is the drive letter. Then you can use the switch /R or /F after the drive letter :)

    I do agree with his statement of not using flash drives to store critical backups. Move critical backups to CD/DVD or B-DVD (Blu-Ray). It's OK to use the USB/Flash drive to back data up just be sure to move it to some other (durable) media later. :)

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    Askjenny

    Thank you for your advice, I will never use a flash drive to back up my data. Thank you for your Recuva download link. I will try it to recover my data.

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    Askjenny

    Thank you for your advice, I will never use a flash drive to back up my data. Thank you for your Recuva download link. I will try it to recover my data.

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    Askjenny

    OK! i have tried Recuva, it is totally like a miracle. i have recovered all my data by applying it. it scans quickly,too. because, i always think scanning can take a long time to go like 360 virus scan, but it just take a while. i am really satisfied with it.
    how about iCare Data Recovery Free? could it do that ?
    but i also want to know whether Recuva could restore some data from a drive after format or deletion, or could it recover data from memory card?
    as we all know, memory card is widely used on our phone or digital camera. as we use them, we may also encounter some accidentally deletion or format ,or even raw files. so i really want to know further information.
    how about iCare Data Recovery Free? could it do that ?

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    Askjenny

    how about iCare Data Recovery Free? could it do that ?

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    OH Smeg

    I don't know about this one as I have never used it previously.

    Generally speaking I use On Tracks offering which isn't free but is very good for most things, though for Forensic Type work I've found Davory from XWays very good also but slow.

    http://www.x-ways .net/davory/index-m.html

    But if this is any help I once made up a list of Data Recovery Software for TR which I have used or had recommended to me it's available here. Unfortunately I can no longer cut & paste this as TR has stopped the Tiny URL's from being used.

    http://www.techrepublic .com/forum/questions/101-342724/i-ran-repair-in-xp-setup-now-data-is-missing-what-happened?tag=content;discussion-table
    don't forget to remove the space from between the domain name and the .whatever for working links.

    Col

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    andersonn233

    An reliable data recovery tool can help you to recover data from raw partition, Download a tool from http://www.freedatarecoverysoftware.org/ and recover lost videos and other files.