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How to cope with RAW format 0 bytes external hard drive?

Hello, everyone there! Hope I come to the right place to ask for helps! Honestly, recently, when using my apply laptop to read an external hard disk with many commercial documents and videos, the computer just reports it needs to be formatted and nothing inside can be acceded before any format. Moreover, when trying to check the properties there, it just shows as RAW file system there and its used space and free spaces are both o bytes there. I don’t know why. But, I do need to view and extract the files inside for my meeting. What am I supposed to do? Is it possible to apply some RAW format external hard disk data recovery software to recover my lost data? Honestly, I do have searched such drive RAW file system recovery software online, like
http://www.icare-recovery.com/howto/external-hard-drive-raw-format-asking-to-reformat.html
or http://www.piriform.com/recuva
But, I do have no idea about such software. Do you have any advice for me? Thanks!

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