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My slave hard drive went to raw format? I can't get to my files. Has anyone experience this? Can my files be saved?


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Well brennen this can be fixed in most cases but its not easy.

Most likely your partition is corrupted in windows, possible symptoms are:
- Invalid media type reading drive Abort, Retry, Fail?
- File system is displayed as 'RAW'- Windows may ask if you want to format the drive, such as warning "disk not formatted. do you want to format now?" (DO NOT format the drive you will loss all your data.)
- File names containing 'weird' characters
- 'Sector not found' messages

Use you hard drives manufacturer's utility software to diagnose and repair the errors.
Here are some of the popular hard drive manufactures websites.

Western Digital

They all have diagnostic software to repair hard drives. It will let you know if your drive is still fully functional and factory recertify it.

If it passes there many programs out there to help recover the data.
Here are a few:

Recover Lost Data
Recover My Files
Handy Recovery