What is RAW Recovery and how this software can help in recovering severely corrupt or damaged data?


One of the most common problems that can occur within your computer is the problem with your storage device itself and may prevent you to access your meaningful data. Due to file system corruption, virus/ trojan attack, registry damages and many other, primary hard drive partitions may become RAW.

Same thing can also happens with your external hard drive to become RAW , suffering from logical damages. Once the internal or external hard drive turns into RAW, you'll not be able access stored data or can access your computer. Common fixes include formatting hard drive but involves risk of permanently erasing your data. Below is the simple error message that can be seen whenever you try to access RAW drives:


Below listed error types are also pops out when the drive become RAW:

windows cannot access the disk

external hard drive not recognized

the type of the file system is raw

However, Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery has the capability to detect and scan problem RAW hard drive partitions as well as gives you preview of recoverable files in real time. 'Raw Recovery' is one of the four scanning options available in 'Drive Recovery' module of this tool. The 'Raw Recovery' scan is good at looking through each sector of the selected drive to recover traces of lost or deleted information. It reads file signatures to recover data. All the recovered files are listed in the main interface according to their corresponding file types.

You can download this recovery tool separately for Windows(Supports Windows 8/Windows 8.1) and Mac(Supports Yosemite) as well:


'Raw Recovery' is usually the last resort if your drive is severely corrupt. In order to use 'Raw Recovery' feature of Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery, follow the procedure given below:

 Start Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery. On the main interface, click 'Drive Recovery'

 The 'Select Volume to Recover Data' section displays a list of all logical volumes in your system. Choose a volume in this list for recovery and then click 'Raw Recovery' on the flying pane. (You can click 'File List' below 'Raw Recovery' to select the desired file types for which the scan will be performed.)

 The software starts scanning the selected logical volume and lists recovered files in a 'Classic Tree' grouped by file types. 

 When you select a particular folder in the tree, all files in that folder are displayed in the bottom-right pane. You can click a file to see its preview in the top-right pane. 

 Select the files you need to recover by marking check boxes against the folder or file names. Click 'Recover'.

 The 'Select Destination' dialog appears on your screen. Provide the desired destination path and other options. Click 'OK'

 Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery will save all the chosen files to the specified location. 


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Category: Windows Data Recovery - Pro

Last updated on January 28, 2015 with 10060 views

4 User Comments

Helen Huxford
July 27, 2014 06:16 pm

Can I save files to be recovered on a network drive? We have an external WD drive that my bf and I share. Will Stellar allow me ti save it if its networked? Its physically on his computer and networked through our homegroup.

Amit Pandey
July 30, 2014 03:34 am

Dear Helen,

You can definitely save the recoverable files to a network location such as FTP or PCs connected via local network. If that's one of your HomeGroup computer, you can definitely save the recoverable data by navigating to that particular location. For example, as soon as you you press the 'Recover' button, pop up window will open and asks you to choose your desired location i.e. FTP, Networked computers etc.

Hope it helps!!

Leandro Benito
January 28, 2015 12:06 am

Untill now I have recoverd about the half of the drive. But now, it copy the tree and the files but with zero bytes.
What happens? What can I do?


Amit Pandey
January 29, 2015 09:55 am

Dear Leandro,

Plugin your hard drive properly and start scanning it once again. This could happen due to of imporoper of lose connection of drive to your computer system due to which, the software may start showing false scanning results. That is why the files recovered is of zero bytes.

Feel free to revert if the probelm stil persists!!

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