How to Convert RAW Drive to NTFS with Top Solutions

Abby Haines updated on Jul 25, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


When your hard drive becomes RAW, keep calm. All you need to do is follow the two parts to convert RAW to NTFS safely. Part 1: recover data from a RAW drive to avoid data loss. Part 2: format the RAW disk to NTFS. Read on to learn more details.

Part 1: Recover Data/Files from RAW Drive First
Part 2: Convert RAW Drive to NTFS

What Is A RAW Drive

The RAW drive means that the file system is corrupted. The system can't identify whether it is FAT, NTFS, EXT2 or EXT3, etc. You can't access this RAW drive, or use files on this drive. The issue can be caused by many reasons - virus infection, format failure, accidentally shut down the Operating System, power outages, etc. If a disk becomes RAW, possible (but not all) symptoms are:

  • Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
  • The file system is displayed as "RAW" - RAW file system
  • Windows may ask if you want to format the drive, such as warning "disk not formatted. Do you want to format now?"
  • File names contain "weird" characters
  • Receive "Sector not found" messages

If you get any of the error messages mentioned above when you are trying to access a drive, it suggests that the drive has become RAW. If you don't know how to get started, here are some instructions that can help.

Part 1: Recover Data/Files from RAW Drive First

When the file system of hard drive becomes RAW, the hard drive couldn't be accessed. You may wonder how to convert the RAW drive to NTFS. Some users may suggest formatting RAW to NTFS directly. However, one more important thing that you should first do is to save data on the hard drive. 

There is a lot of RAW drive recovery software, but the most powerful and efficient one is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional. This data recovery software guides you to precisely locate and recover all of the lost files from your PC, laptop, hard drive, SSD, USB, memory card, digital camera, etc.

Step 1. Select the Partition

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
  • Select the raw disk partition where you lost your data.
select the wanted partition

Step 2. Scan the Partition

  • Click the "Scan" button, and the software will automatically scan the Raw partition immediately.
scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Recover the Data

  • After the scan, you are allowed to preview some of the listed files.
  • You can preview them. If you find it difficult to find the raw files, click the "Extra Files" button and you will be able to see the raw data. Besides, you can search the file type to find the lost files.
  • Then, click the "Recover" button to get the data back.
select the wanted partition
Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

Part 2: Convert RAW Drive to NTFS (2 ways)

If you have recovered data from the raw drive, then you can format the RAW drive to NTFS with ease.

① Format the RAW Drive in This PC

  • Go to "My Computer" or "This PC". 
  • Right-click the RAW hard drive and choose "Format" > Click "OK".

② Convert RAW to NTFS Using Free Software

If the first solution cannot do you a favor, you can turn to professional RAW to NTFS converter for help. EaseUS free partition tool with disk formatting feature is a nice choice. It can help you format the RAW drive to NTFS, FAT32 or other file systems in Windows 10/8/7 with ease. See the details below:

If you need to format or convert a raw external storage device like SD card, USB or external hard drive, connect it to your PC first.


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".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Format RAW Partition and reset the file system

Assign a new partition label, set the file system to NTFS, and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Keep all changes

Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to view all the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your RAW drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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