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

Abby Haines updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

"I realized that my Micro 32gb SD card changed to the RAW file system when I inserted it to my Windows 10 PC. And when I tried to format the card, Windows failed to do the job. What can I do to format RAW SD card?" 

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 external USB device has become RAW and inaccessible. To fix the issue, you should convert RAW to FAT32, NTFS or any other file system by formatting. But usually, Windows cannot help you manage this job. Then is there any other way to fix RAW SD card? Don't worry! This page shows you how to format RAW SD card in Windows 10/8/7 using third-party RAW SD card format software.  

How to format RAW SD card/USB drive with EaseUS RAW SD card format software

With disk format feature and easy-to-use interface, EaseUS partition software is recommended as the best RAW SD card format software. It can help you easily format 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

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
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Note: If you have important data on SD card, USB flash drive, pen drive or external hard drive, please try EaseUS free data recovery software to retrieve them back fro RAW file system before the formatting job.

 
 

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