How to Convert RAW to NTFS without Losing Data

Why you need to convert RAW to NTFS?

Sometimes a volume may be damaged and become RAW due to different reasons. And at the same time, you might receive some error messages. Now let's see the symptoms when a volume become RAW file system.

1. The volume X: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?

2. The disk in drive X: is not formatted.

3. There was an error accessing drive X: The disk is not formatted.

4. Also a CHKDSK tool will be complained that is unable to perform a RAW file system recovery.

5. The type of the file system is RAW.

6. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

When facing one of the situations mentioned above, you have to convert RAW to NTF by formatting. It is the only way to fix raw drive for reuse. But how can you do it without losing your data? Here most of you might think that you can get back lost and inaccessible files after converting RAW disk drive to NTFS. But, it is not the case. The fact is that you need to rely on data recovery software to recover files from raw drive. So, whenever you want to convert RAW disk drive to NTFS, please format it after a full data recovery.

How to recover data and convert RAW to NTFS

To recover the files from RAW Disk, you can try EaseUS hard drive recovery software. This software enables you to fully restore data from RAW disk or volumes. And it's 100% safe for computer system and data, no second damage will be caused. If you need to convert RAW volums to NTFS, it's highly recommended for you to use this tool to restore all data first. If you format directly, you'll lost all important data. Now, let's see how to recover all data before converting RAW volumes to NTFS.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover from the RAW disk. Then click "Next" button to move to the next step.

Choose the file types you want to recover before converting RAW to NTFS

Step 2. Select the the RAW disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files.

Choose to scan the RAW disk to recover the lost data before converting RAW volumes to NTFS

Step 3. After scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable files on the RAW disk one by one and select out those you want. Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once.

Note: Here you should not save the recovered files to the original disk drive that shows RAW file system, instead, you can store those recovered files to any other partition or storage device.

Preview and recover lost files before converting RAW volumes to NTFS

After following these steps, you can successfully recover all your files from the RAW disk. And then you can reformat or format RAW disk to NTFS without worrying about data loss problem.

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