RAW harddisk file format

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harddisk after reconnecting it became "RAW" file format . how to get back same ntfs format
 because of "raw" no data can seeen
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Senior Network Administrator
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Never had that problem but I did find this. Hope it helps.

http://www.easeus.com/resource/raw-file-system-to-ntfs.htm
I would try TestDisk.
It's one of the programs on http://www.sysresccd.org/Download if it's your boot disk.

But there is a windows version, too, if it's not the boot drive.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download
Top Expert 2012

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Since you have data on the drive that you want to recover, before doing anything to the drive, make a clone of it http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/home-edition/.  You do not want to risk writing to it and potentially make things worse.

Now operate on the clone, keeping the original in a safe place.  GetDataBack (www.runtime.org) and Recuva (http://www.piriform.com/recuva) would be my choices of software to use.
TestDisk can also image the disk before making any changes, by the way.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

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Connect it to another machine and see if the drive is still RAW or not. Did you connect it to anything else before it went RAW?

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