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How can I get Windows 7 to read RAW hard drives without having to format the hard drive due to important work on it?

Original Title: External hard drive file format is RAW and not NTFS. How can I get Windows 7 to read RAW hard drives without having to format the hard drive due to important work on it?

I have put the hard drive onto a XP and Vista machine and can read the hard drive but not with Windows 7
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Hi Zling,

Does this work on other OS's? When did you last read the disk and with what OS? If you can read the disk and make a backup of the data on it, I would suggest you backup the data on the drive and then format it using the NTFS file system.

Hope this helps!
Shawn - Support Engineer - MCP, MCDST
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Last updated June 25, 2020 Views 124,873 Applies to: