If you recently tried to convert your drive's file system using the command prompt, and if it gave out an error message saying the "convert is not available for raw drives." It is because you can only use the command "convert" when converting your file type from FAT32 to NTFS.
This article will show specific ways to help you with the problem of how to fix this error and successfully convert your drive's file system. Continue reading to learn more!
What Does "Convert Is Not Available for Raw Drives" Mean
This command of "convert" is reserved for use only when a user intends to convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS. If the user uses the same command to change the file system to another file system, the user will see the "convert is not available for raw drives" error.
You can also see the error if the drive is already recognized as raw by Windows. When the drive turns to raw, it becomes inaccessible, and Windows can't access, read, or write content. You need to open "Disk Management" and turn it to FAT32 again before using the "Convert" command.
No matter what the reason is, if you see the error, we know how to fix it. Check out the following section to learn how to correct the error.
How to Fix the "Convert Is Not Available for Raw Drives" Error
Before you fix the drive and prevent it from showing the error, we urge you to create a backup of your drive. There is a possibility that you can lose your files, so create a backup of the important files on your computer.
Now let me show you how to fix the error. There are actually two ways you can do it. We'll show you both now:
Guide 1: Fix "Convert Is Not Available for Raw Drives" Error - EaseUS Partition Master
If you're trying to convert the file system type from FAT32 to a different file system, or if your drive's format is exFAT or NTFS and you want to change it to a different file system, EaseUS Partition Master Free can change the file system type in a matter of a few clicks without running into any errors.
In fact, if the drive is already raw, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to convert it from raw to a working file system such as NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT.
So, if you see the error "convert is not available for raw drives," don't worry. Download EaseUS Partition Master today and convert the file system types of your drives with just a few clicks.
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.
Right-click on the RAW partition or RAW external hard drive/USB/SD card that you need to format and choose "Format".
Step 2. Format RAW Partition and reset the file system.
Assign a new partition label, set the file system to NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT, and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".
Step 3. In the Warning window, click "Yes" to continue.
Step 4. Execute the operations.
Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the lower right corner to view all the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your RAW partition/USB/SD/external hard drive.
EaseUS Partition Master can also do the following:
- Convert MBR to GPT
- Create, delete, extend, or merge partitions
- Change cluster size, like exFAT allocation unit size
- Copy the operating system and the data to another external drive
Guide 2: Fix "Convert Is Not Available for Raw Drives" Error - Diskpart Commands
Alternatively, you can fix the error using the Diskpart commands in the command prompt. While this is a great option, at times, it can fail, unlike EaseUS Partition Master.
But we'll still show you how you can solve the error using diskpart. Here's how:
Step 1. Click on the "Start" button and then search for "Command Prompt."
Step 2. Open it with administrator privileges by clicking on "Run as administrator."
Step 3. Enter the command "diskpart" and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.
Step 4. Now, type "list disk" and press the "return" key to execute the command. After that, type and enter the following commands:
- select disk 2 (The 2 is the raw drive number.)
- list volume
- select volume 10 (The 10 is the partition number of the raw drive.)
Step 5. Finally, type and enter "format fs=ntfs quick".
Step 6. Now close the Command Prompt by clicking on the "X" button, or type "exit" in the command prompt and then press the "Enter" button.
If you see the error "convert is not available for raw drives," don't panic. Download EaseUS Partition Master and convert your drive's file system in just a few clicks. Doing the same with the command prompt can be a success or a failure, but EaseUS Partition Master has a 100% success rate and is packed with even more features for all your disk partition needs.
Convert Is Not Available for Raw Drives FAQs
If you have further questions about why "convert" is not available for raw drives, we address a few of your questions here. Check it out!
1. How do I fix CHKDSK is not available for raw drives?
CHKDSD is not available for raw drives? Here's how to fix that:
- Right-click the raw USB or SD card in Windows Explorer and choose "Properties."
- Click on the "Tools" section, and then click on "Check" under "Error checking."
- Now, click on "Scan drive" to check for errors on your disk and then fix the CHKDSK not available for raw drives error.
2. How can I convert the raw hard drive to NTFS without losing data?
Here's how you can convert your raw hard drive to NTFS:
- Open "Disk Management" by searching for it.
- Select your raw hard drive, then right-click on it and select "Format."
- Expand the "File system" drop-down and then select "NTFS."
- Select "Perform quick format" and click on "OK" to proceed.
3. Why is my hard drive showing as raw?
Your hard drive can show itself as raw if it is not formatted with a recognizable file system, if it is infected with a virus or malware, or if it is corrupted.
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