How to Convert Raw to NTFS in Windows 10 without Data Loss

Roxanne updated on Jul 03, 2019 to Format Recovery | How-to Articles


If the file system of your partition/drive becomes RAW and inaccessible in Windows 10/8/7, you can open and read the RAW file system by formatting. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help you convert RAW to NTFS without losing data in Windows 10.

Can I Convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 10 Without Losing Data

"Can the RAW drive be converted to NTFS without losing data? I have two drives: C drive and E drive on my Dell laptop which run on Windows 10. But E drive can't be opened now. I have checked the disk in Disk Management, it is blank and shows as "RAW" file system. Is it possible to convert RAW to NTFS without losing my data? Please give some suggestion!"

If the DBR (DOS Boot Record) or file system has corrupted, a drive will become RAW and is inaccessible. To open and read the RAW drive, you can convert RAW to NTFS or convert RAW to FAT32. But formatting RAW to NTFS/FAT will erase all the files on the disk. To troubleshoot and convert RAW to NTFS without losing data, you can use EaseUS raw hard drive recovery software, which allows you to recover data from RAW drive with very high recovery rate. After getting back all your files, you can format the RAW drive to NTFS to reuse.

How to Convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 10 Without Data Loss

Before you format the RAW drive to NTFS, you can use the professional EaseUS data recovery tool to recover files from RAW partition in advance. This user-friendly tool enables you to recover lost files from hard drive/partition, emptied recycle bin, external hard drive, USB/Pen drive, CF/SD card due to formatting, deletion, partition loss or damage, software crash, virus infection, unexpected shutdown or other unknown reasons.

Now, download this RAW drive recovery software for free and follow steps below to get files back effortlessly.

Step 1. Select and scan the RAW partition.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the RAW partition where you lost your data and click "Scan".

If the RAW partition contains a partition label, you can directly select it to scan for the lost files. 

If the RAW partition lost its label, it will be recognized as "Lost Partition" in the program and you need to select the "Lost Partition" to find the lost data.

select RAW partition and click scan

Step 2. Preview found data from the scan result.

When the scanning completes, check and double-click to preview found files from "Deleted Partition", "Lost Files". Filter or Search can also help you access lost data via file types, names or extensions.

scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Recover found data from RAW partition.

Select all found files and click "Recover" to get all the data back. Save the found data to another secure location.

recover all found data from RAW partition

Format and Convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 10

After data recovery, you can fix the RAW partition in Windows 10 by formatting.

1. Go to This PC or Disk Management in Windows 10, and right-click on the RAW partition or drive, select "Format".

2. Set Volume Label, File System (NTFS), and Allocation unit size. The default format option is Quick Format. Then, click "OK" to start the operation.

After reformatting, you can access the RAW file system partition or drive as normal.

raw file system in Windows 10

Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like format errors, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts to retrieve lost data in time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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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