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How to Convert RAW SD Card to FAT32 in Windows 11/10/8/7

You can convert SD card RAW to FAT32 or NTFS in four ways. The first thing you need to do is recover data from your RAW drive without losing data. You can then follow the four ways below to convert RAW SD card or Memory card to FAT32 in Windows 11/10/8/7.

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Do not worry if your SD card becomes RAW and you can't access saved data. This page will tell you practical solutions to convert RAW SD to FAT32 without losing any data by formatting or other ways. Follow to see how to recover RAW to FAT32 on your own now.

SD Card Becomes RAW, How to Convert RAW to FAT32

According to Google searching result, it seems that the SD card RAW issue has now:

SD card RAW to NTFS/FAT32.

Due to diverse reasons, SD card, USB drive, external hard drive, and even hard drive partition in Windows 11/10/8/7 all become RAW, inaccessible. So how to effectively change the file system from RAW to FAT32 on SD card, USB, external hard drive, etc. devices becomes a question.

Fortunately, here on this page, EaseUS software has gathered some useful tips and methods to guide you to convert RAW SD to FAT32 as an example for you to follow and resolve the RAW drive or RAW file system error on your own. Let's see how to repair or recover RAW SD to FAT32.

Step 1. Recover Data from RAW Drive Before Formatting

When your SD card or hard drives become RAW, you are unable to access the drive and export the files. But you can restore and export data with the help of SD card data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This powerful data recovery software supports deleted file recovery, formatted file recovery, RAW drive recovery, and more.

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and inaccessible data in different data loss situations.
  • Recover photos, audio, music, and emails from any storage effectively, safely, and completely.
  • Recover data from Recycle Bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorder.

Download and run this RAW drive recovery software to get back RAW data:

Step 1. Select the SD card to scan

  • Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your Windows PC.
  • Use the proper way to connect your SanDisk/Lexar/Transcend SD card to the computer. 
  • Open EaseUS SD card recovery software and choose SD Card Recovery on the left panel. All connected drives will display here. Select your SD card and click "Scan".
select the sd card and click scan

Step 2. Check for scan results

  • Wait for the scanning process to complete.
  • Specify one or several file types to show up, like Pictures or Videos.
  • Click "Preview" to check if they are the wanted files.
filter the lost photos

Step 3. Recover SD card data

  • Preview the recovered files and click "Recover".
  • Choose a different location to save the recovered files instead of the original SD card.
Recover lost photos

Step 2. How to Convert/Format SD Card RAW to FAT32

After you have restored SD card data, you can convert the SD card to FAT32 with useful methods. You can right-click the SD card and format the SD card, use Disk Management or a third-party format tool.

  1. Right-click to Format RAW SD to FAT32
  2. Use Disk Management to Format RAW SD to FAT32
  3. Use CMD to Convert RAW SD to FAT32
  4. Run EaseUS Partition Master to Convert to FAT32

1 - Right-click to Format RAW SD to FAT32

This is the easiest and quickest way to convert RAW SD to FAT32. You don't need to download any software or extra tool.

Step 1. Connect your SD card to your PC and go to "This PC".

Step 2. Right-click on the SD card and choose "Format".

Step 3. Click "Restore Device Defaults" in the popup window.

Step 4. Choose the desired file system FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS and click Start to begin the format process.

convert RAW SD card with right-click

2 - Use Disk Management to Format RAW SD to FAT32

You can also go to Disk Management and convert your RAW SD card to FAT32.

Step 1. Go to "Disk Management", and right-click on the RAW SD card, select "Format".

Step 2. Set Volume Label, File System (FAT32), and Allocation unit size. The default format option is Quick Format. Then, click "OK" to start the operation. 

Step 3. After reformatting, you can access and use the RAW file system partition or drive as standard.

convert RAW SD card to FAT32/NTFS with disk management

3 - Use CMD to Convert RAW SD to FAT32

If you are familiar with CMD, you can convert your RAW SD card to FAT32 with Command Prompt.

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box in Windows 11/10, and then you'll get the best match Command Prompt. Right-click on it and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 2. In the command prompt, type diskpart and press "Enter".

Step 3. Type list disk to list all the available drives and press "Enter".

Step 4. Type select disk + disk number ( for example, select disk 2) to select the SD card you want to format and press "Enter".

Step 5. Type list volume and press "Enter".

Step 6. Type select volume + volume number (or example, select volume 10) and press "Enter".

Step 7. Type format fs=ntfs (or format fs=fat32) and press "Enter" to format the drive with NTFS or FAT32. 

convert to FAT32/NTFS with CMD

Then, you can continue typing create partition primary and assign a letter and type exit to close the program when Diskpart says it has successfully formatted the volume. 

4 - Run EaseUS Partition Master to Convert to FAT32

Another way to change RAW to FAT32 is by using EaseUS Partition Master. This partition manager software can help you easily format RAW to FAT32. What's more, you can cancel the process before you click Execute. This software also has many highlights that can help you immensely.

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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 RAW 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/EXT4/exFAT, and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format RAW Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3. In the Warning window, click "Yes" to continue.

By clicking Yes to allow this program to format the target RAW partition to the selected file system format on your drive.

Format RAW Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4. Execute the operations.

Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the lower right corner to view all the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your RAW partition/USB/SD/external hard drive.

Format RAW Drive Partition - Step 4

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Why Does Your SD Card Become RAW

Generally, the file system of your SD card turns to RAW due to the following reasons:

  1. 1. There are some bad sectors on the vital area of the Micro SD card.
  2. 2. The file system of the SD card partition suffers structural damage.
  3. 3. The partition table of the Micro SD card gets corrupted.
  4. 4. Virus or malware attack.

If the Micro SD card becomes RAW format, you will get the error message "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" or "The disk in drive X is not formatted. Do you want to format it now". But you can solve the RAW drive issue with the solutions above.


You can convert RAW to FAT32 in four ways. Before formatting, you should run data recovery software to rescue your data to avoid data loss problems. You can then try any of the solutions above to format the SD card to FAT32.

SD Card RAW to FAT32 FAQs

If you want to get additional help, you can read these questions and answers below:

1. Why does my SD card need to be formatted?

The formatting message on memory cards occurs due to the corrupted or interrupted process of writing in the SD card. The computer or camera files required for reading or writing purposes are lost. Therefore, the SD card is inaccessible without a format.

2. How do I fix a RAW file system on my SD card?

Step 1. Recover Data from RAW Drive Before FOrmatting

Step 2. Convert/Format SD Card RAW to FAT32/NTFS

How do I know if my SD card is FAT32?

When you insert your SD card into your computer or laptop, there is a quick way to double-check that your card is in the right FAT32 format. Right-click your SD card and click "Properties". Then, you can check your SD card is NTFS or FAT32.

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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