I've been using my favourite 32GB USB flash drive for many months now without incident, but the other day I plugged it in to be greeted by the message "you need to format the disk drive before you can use it". I'm then unable to access any data of the drive. I've looked in the Windows Disk Management application and I can see my USB drive now has the partition type of RAW rather than FAT32. Is there any way I can get my data back, or will I just have to cut my losses and reformat it?
You can usually recover all of your data when this happens, but you will need to download a data recovery software to do it.
M3 Format Recovery Free is always available no matter the RAW drive has been formatted or not. Following the below steps to recover RAW USB drive:
You can download a full version of M3 Format Recovery Free first and then start the RAW USB drive data recovery.
Step 1 Select the RAW drive which you want to recover lost data from
Install M3 Format Recovery Free on your computer. You will see an interface as below shows. Select the RAW drive you want to recover lost data from and then click Next to scan the lost files.
Step 2 Preview found files and recover selectively
After the scan, all found files in your RAW drive will be displayed. You can preview photos one by one and preview the name of other files so as to check whether they are what you are going to recover or not. You can also search you wanted files by specifying file name in the searching bar.
In the end, select files you want to recover and click "Recover" to save them to your computer.