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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Never had that problem but I did find this. Hope it helps.

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.
Top Expert 2012

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.
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Top Expert 2009

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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