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[Solved] My external drive isn't working in Windows 11

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Hello everyone!
My external hard drive has stopped working. The disc is no longer readable. When I connect the drive to my computer, the system asks me to format it.
It's an HHD drive that was in FAT format, but now appears as RAW in the disc manager.
I have important files on the drive.
Can anyone help me?

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Oh boy - that does not sound good. You may have to resort to recovery tools or recovery services (often not cheap).

The fact that it shows as RAW means that Windows no longer recognizes the filesystem.

I'd personally start with a trail version of, for example, Easeus Data Recovery software.
Be careful though and mindful when using tools like these, and keep in mind that most of these tools are expensive (Easeus being an exception).

Steps recommended by an article on iFixit:

  1. First of all, go to Disk Management (Control Panel/System and Security/Administrative Tools/Create and format hard disk partitions).
  2. Remember the letter of the drive where you have RAW file system.
  3. Launch Command Prompt as administrator. In Windows 10/11 it can be done easily: right-click on the START menu, and choose Command Prompt (Administrator) from the appearing menu.
  4. Then enter the command “chkdsk D: /f” (instead of D: – specify your drive letter) and press ENTER.

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@hans I managed to solve the problem )
Thanks for trying to help )

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