I recently had a Hard Drive dropped on my that when loaded in to a PC showed up as a RAW Volume. The person that handed me the drive had drive several local PC shops who wanted a large sum of money to attempt data recovery and various other tasks because they claimed that the actual partitions were unrecoverable.
Google also had very little for this person so they came to me to see if there was anything I could do.
I have recovered many NTFS system from RAW state over the years. I will outline method that anyone with basic understanding of the command line can try to recover a NTFS file system from RAW.
One of the most common symptoms is when you connect a USB Drive, windows detects the drive, but never puts any accessible volumes in to “My Computer” if this happens most likely the NTFS File System was lost/corrupted
First you have to find/assign a drive letter to the Volume
Open up cmd.
Type “diskpart” press enter
This will drop you in to the built in Windows Disk Partitioning tool
Then type “list volume”
This will output a list of all volumes on disk. You should see the one your looking for. Fastest way to locate it is by Size, you should know what size the volume your trying to recover is.
if there is a drive letter assigned to the volume, in the ltr column, note it and skip to running CHKDSK.
If not type in “select volume X” replacing X with the number of volume you want to recover, press enter
then type “assign letter z” (or any other unused letter” press enter
type “exit” and press enter to leave diskpart
Now that we have a drive letter we can run CHKDSK
From the command line type in “chkdsk /f z:” and press enter.
Watch as Windows repairs the file system
When done either use Computer Management -> Disk Manager to re scan the disks, or safley remove the USB Device and then reconnect it.