Format RAW SD Card/USB Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Roxanne updated on Sep 23, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

Method 1. How to Format RAW SD Card/USB Drive Without Data Loss
Method 2. Fix RAW SD Card/USB Drive Without Formatting

SD Card Becomes RAW, How to Format RAW SD Card 

"I cant format my SD card in the camera. When I connect it to my Windows 10 PC, only to find that my Micro 32gb SD card changed to the RAW file system. And when I tried to format the card, Windows failed to do the job. How to format RAW SD card? I have some important photos on the SD card, can I format RAW SD card without losing data.

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Overview of RAW SD card, USB drive or hard disk formatting issue

Sometimes, when you plug your SD card, USB flash drive, pen drive, or external hard drive into PC, you get disk not formatted, or you need to format the disk in drive error. And when you try to run CHKDSK to check and repair the error, you may receive another message saying, "This type of file system is RAW. Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives". When the error happens, the SD card or any other USB drives has become RAW and inaccessible.

It is a rather common problem Micro SD Card, HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, pen drive, or other data storage device's file system is corrupted and becomes RAW. The possible reasons for RAW SD card may be:

  • There are some bad sectors on the Micro SD card
  • The partition table of the SD card gets corrupted
  • Virus or malware attack 

In this case, you need to return RAW to FAT32, NTFS, or any other file system by formatting to use the SD card or USB drive again. It's not difficult to format RAW SD card, but the point is how can we format RAW USB without losing the data? Let's figure it out with two easy methods. 

How to Format RAW SD Card/USB Drive Without Data Loss

Try the following two methods to fix and format RAW SD card effortlessly. 

Method 1. Format RAW SD Card/USB Drive Without Data Loss

In case if your SD card contains crucial files you need before you format the RAW SD card, we highly recommend you use a professional data recovery program to restore your data in advance.

Important: Recover Data from RAW SD Card First

Usually, the SD card, pen drive, or USB drive tends to be RAW all of a sudden, in which case there might be a lot of important files on the device. To fix and repair the RAW SD card, you need to restore the files first. How to recover data from RAW partition? Turn to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for help, which is good at RAW partition recovery with a few clicks.

If your files are small than 2GB, you can use its free version to recover files from RAW SD card for free.

Step 1. Locate and scan the RAW hard drive.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, locate the RAW drive and then click "Scan". The program will automatically scan all lost files and data on the RAW drive.

select the raw drive

Step 2. Find and preview found data in the RAW drive. 

When the scanning process finishes, find lost RAW drive data in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or "Existing Files". Filter and Search features also can locate the found files with ease. Check and double-click each file to preview them. 

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Step 3. Restore and save RAW drive data.

Choose the found files from RAW Drive and click "Recover" to save the items to a new location.

select files and click recover

How to Format RAW SD Card with RAW SD Card Formatting Tool

To format SD card, the easiest way is to use a RAW SD card formatting tool. EaseUS Partition Master, is recommended as the best RAW SD card format software. It can help you easily format RAW SD card, USB flash drive, pen drive or external hard drive from RAW to NTFS, FAT32, EXT2, EXT3 in Windows 10/8/7.

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 Windows 10 is supported

In addition to formatting partition, EaseUS Partition Master provides other full around partition and disk management solutions for your Windows computer, for instances:

  • Resize/move partitions (the Pro version allows to move space from D drive to C drive directly), create, format, delete, and merge partitions
  • Copy and clone an entire disk to another even the target partition is smaller than the source
  • Convert a logical partition to primary or primary partition to logical, FAT to NTFS partition, MBR disk to GPT, or GPT disk to MBR
  • Completely wipe out all the data on the hard disk to prevent information from being leaked or recovered
  • Migrate OS to SSD to speed up Windows to upgrade hard disk and speed up Windows

Now, download and install this disk management program to format RAW SD card with a few clicks.

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/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3, 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 partition/USB/SD/external hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

Except for applying EaseUS Partition Master to format USB drive, you can also use Disk Management, Windows File Explorer, and Diskpart command to format RAW SD card. Go to see the details.

Method 2. Fix RAW SD Card/USB Drive Without Formatting

If formatting doesn't work, or if you don't want to format your RAW SD card in terms of data security, how to repair RAW SD card without data loss? Here is the way out by turn to EaseUS 1-on-1 remote manual assistance. The EaseUS technical experts can fix your RAW SD card, USB flash drive, pen drive, or external hard drive without formatting, ensure that the repaired partition is the same as the original drive, and there will be no loss of data. Any complex data loss problems can be solved.

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)

To Sum Up

You have two ways to format RAW SD card without data loss:

1. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore SD card files at first, then format RAW SD card or USB drive with EaseUS hard drive formatting tool. After formatting, copy the data back to the formatted memory card.

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 Windows 10 is supported

2. Use EaseUS manual data recovery service, repair the RAW SD card in its original location without formatting. And the files on the SD card will be intact.

How to Format RAW SD Card FAQs

The following are the four frequently asked questions on how to format RAW SD card, pen drive, or USB flash drive. Check the brief answers to these problems. 

How do I format a raw SD card?

The simplest way to format RAW SD card or USB drive is using an easy formatting tool:

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click on the RAW SD card/pen drive/USB flash drive that you need to format and choose Format.

Step 2. Assign a new partition label, set the file system to NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3, and cluster size to the selected partition, then click OK.

Step 3. On the pop-up Warning window, click OK to continue.

Step 4. Click the Execute Operation button in the top-left corner to view all the changes, then click Apply to start to format RAW USB/SD/external hard drive.

How do you format SD card if it is not formatting? 

You can format SD card with Disk Management or File Explorer:

1. Format SD card/USB/pen drive using File Explorer: In File Explorer, right-click on the RAW SD card. Select Format > Set NTFS or FAT32 File System. Click OK.

2. Format SD card or USB flash drive using Disk Management: Right-click on This PC > Manage > Disk Management. Find the RAW SD card and right-click on it. Choose Format and select the file system, which can be FAT, exFAT, FAT32, or NTFS. Click OK.

How do I format a raw SD card to fat32?

You can format RAW SD card to FAT 32 using Command Prompt:

Step 1. Connect the RAW SD card to the PC. Right-click on Win + X and select Command Prompt (Administrator), then press the Enter button. Now type diskpart and press Enter again.

Step 2. Type list disk and hit Enter again. Select your RAW SD card and type: Disk F format fs=FAT32. (Replace F with the drive letter of your RAW SD card and, instead of FAT32, you can input exFAT, FAT or NTFS).

Step 3. Press Enter to format RAW SD card using Diskpart. After formatting, safely unplug the SD card and install it again.

How do I force an SD card to format?

To force format SD card, follow the tips below.

Step 1. Place the SD card into a card reader. Slide the card reader into the computer's card reader slot.

Step 2. Go to My Computer/This PC and find the SD card drive under Devices and Drives. Right-click the SD, then click the Format action in the drop-down menu. The Option Setting box will open for the SD card.

Step 3. Click the drop-down bar next to Format Type and choose the Quick option.

Step 4. Select Off in the second drop-down menu to the Format Size Adjustment option. Click OK to manually start to format the SD card. When the SD card is formatted, a notification will appear, displaying the amount of space available for the memory card. 

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