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How to Convert RAW to NTFS without Formatting?

Posted by Tracy King to Format Recovery 2017-03-07

Summary

When your storage device become RAW due to improper operation, virus attack or internal error, don’t be panic. Effective methods are available here in this page to help you convert RAW to NTFS without formatting and no data loss issue would occur.

Why need to convert RAW to NTFS?

When hard drive partition, external hard drive, USB/SD or memory card become RAW, users will not be able to access to the saved data on these devices. Mostly, users have to format the storage devices so to convert RAW to NTFS file system and make the device reusable again.

However, this will lead to serious data loss issue on your storage device. If there are any methods that can help to convert file system from RAW to NTFS without losing data and formatting, it would be perfect. 

How to convert RAW to NTFS without losing data?

So how to get important data out of RAW storage device to avoid data loss issue by converting RAW to NTFS? You shall follow below two steps to do the job:

Step 1. Recover data from RAW storage device

In order to avoid unexpected and unnecessary data loss issue by converting RAW to NTFS, it’s highly recommended for all users to recover data from RAW storage device firstly so to avoid unexpected data loss issue.

Professional data recovery software from EaseUS shall help to fix this issue and get all your data restored within 3 simple steps. All you need is to simply download it and follow below tutorial steps to get data restored from RAW drive, USB or SD card now:

1. Connect RAW hard drive/USB/SD with PC ;
Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select location of RAW device and click Scan;

Recover data from RAW storage device.

2. Let this software to scan and fin all data with Quick Scan and Deep Scan mode; 

Convert RAW to NTFS without losing data.

3. Preview and restore.
You can preview and select found files, click Recover to save them into another safe spot in your PC.

Change RAW to NTFS without losing data.

Step 2. Convert RAW to NTFS

After getting lost data back, you can then convert RAW to NTFS by formatting RAW drive now. You can selectively choose to use Disk Management, CMD or directly right-click to format the RAW device into NTFS.

But if you don’t want to format RAW device into NFTS, you still have a choice. Professional solutions are available in the below passages to help you convert RAW to NTFS without formatting. 

How to convert RAW to NTFS without Formatting?

You have three options to convert RAW device into NTFS without formatting and you can selectively follow one option to convert your device from RAW to NTFS right now:

Method 1. Run Disk Management to convert RAW to NTFS

  • Right-click This PC/My computer and click Manage;
  • Open Computer Management and click Disk Management;
  • Find your RAW drive/USB and right-click on it, mark the RAW device as Active;
  • Right click on the RAW drive and go to Properties;
  • Click on Security > Advanced > Owner > Edit > Other users or groups > Advanced > Find now > Select first listed user and click OK.

After this, reboot your PC and then RAW drive will be converted into NTFS and data can also be accessed again.

Method 2. Convert RAW to NTFS file system with CMD

  • Click on Start, then type: cmd and hit Enter.
  • Right click on cmd and then click on Run As Administrator.
  • Type Diskpart and then hit on Enter
  • Type H: /FS :NTFS and hit Enter; (H shall be the drive letter of your RAW storage device.)

Now your RAW drive shall be changed into NTFS file system and data stored inside can be used again.

Method 3. Change RAW file system to NTFS by using System Recovery option

If you are able to access the RAW drive using the command prompt then backup the files on the drive by following below mentioned steps:

  • Open System Recovery Options - it will contain several tools to recover your Windows such as Startup repair.
  • Select Startup Repair;
  • After navigating to the Recovery Options, follow the below mentioned steps.
  • Connect any external storage device to the system such as USB.
  • Open Command Prompt, type Notepad and then hit on Enter.
  • Locate D Drive (RAW drive),
  • If you are able to access the drive then Copy the files you want to back up and paste those file to external Drive.
  • Close the cmd.
  • Open the command prompt, type chkdsk /f/r and then hit on Enter.

Now that you will convert your RAW drive file system into NTFS and use it to save important data.