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How to Convert RAW Drive to NTFS?

Updated on Dec 05, 2017 by Abby Haines to Data Recovery Solution


When the file system of hard drive becomes raw, the hard drive couldn't be accessed. You may wonder to know how to convert RAW drive to ntfs. Some users may suggest to fromat raw to nfts directly. However, one more important thing that you should do firstly is to save data on the hard drive. How to get data back and convert raw drive to NTFS? This article will talk about what is raw drive and how to convert raw drive to NTFS with ease.

What is raw drive?

The RAW drive means the file system is corrupted, the system can't identify whether it is FAT, NTFS, EXT2 or EXT3, etc. Under this condition, you can't access this RAW drive, and you can't use files on this drive either.  The issue can be caused by a number of reasons such as virus infection, format failure, accidentally shut down the Operating System, power outages, etc. If a disk read as raw in Windows, possible (but not all) symptoms are:

  • Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
  • 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
  • 'Sector not found' messages

How to format or convert raw drive to NTFS 

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. At this moment, you may want to format or convert raw to NTFS to fix the drive and regain access to your data. If you don't know how to get started, here are some instructions that can help.

Solution one: Fix RAW drive without software

If you have no important data on the raw drive and familiar with computer management things, you can follow steps to fix a RAW drive:

1. Disable the controller in the CMOS setup, and remove the SCSI drivers, etc. associated with it in the Device Manager.
2. And then reboot. If that doesn't work, and if it has a jumper on it, try removing the jumper completely. If that still doesn't work, try to format the RAW drive, using NTFS under Windows system.
3. After that, the raw drive has become NTFS file system.

Note: If there is important data on the raw drive, formatting would cause data loss. So, you must pay special attention to this point. You need to recover data from RAW drive first and then format RAW to NTFS to fix the drive.

Solution Two: Convert raw drive to NTFS without losing data

Step 1. Recover data/files from RAW drive firstly.

To convert raw drive to NTFS doesn't mean convert raw drive to NTFS directly. If you need the data on the RAW drive, do remember to restore data before taking any actions. There are a lot of RAW drive recovery software, but the most powerful and efficient one is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional. This data recovery software from EaseUS can help you recover files from the RAW file system with ease.

Free RAW drive recovery software

Video tutorial about how to recover data from the RAW drive:

With a few clicks, EaseUS data recovery software will recover all the files from the RAW drive. After that, please convert RAW drive to NTFS by formatting.

Step 2. Format the raw drive to NTFS file system.
If you have recovered data from the raw drive, then you can follow below steps to format the RAW drive to NTFS now:
Go to My Computer or This PC > Right-click the RAW hard drive and choose Format > Click OK.
Wait for the tool to finish the formatting process and then your hard drive can be used to store previous data or new data again.