File system became RAW after accidentally initializing drive in disk management

Discussion in 'HFS for Windows' started by arcreyes, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. arcreyes

    arcreyes Registered Member

    Nov 9, 2014
    At first, I was unable to change the drive letter of the the HFS+ drive and encountered similar problems mentioned in this thread.
    HFS external drive not appearing on windows machine

    I followed the instructions mentioned by Jorge Figueroa in the thread (post #4) and when I inserted my HFS+ drive, disk management asked me to initialize the drive. Little did I know that it would wipe the file system. Now, windows is asking me to reformat the drive which i cannot do because I have tons of files in the drive. When I tried to attach it on my mac, it thinks it is some kind of windows file system and thus I am unable to run my recovery software.

    What are my options to recover my data? Is there a way to force the file system back to HFS+ without reformatting?