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How to Convert RAW to NTFS without Losing Data

Updated on Dec 27, 2018 by Jean to Partition Recovery Software


Hard disk or partition suddenly become RAW and cannot access the stored data? Relax! You can directly use the best data recovery software to restore data from RAW devices and follow methods here to convert RAW to NTFS without losing any data now.

If you need to recover RAW partition to NTFS or convert RAW to NTFS on your storage devices, you can find wanted answer here in the below passage. Don't worry anymore when your storage devices such as Windows partition, hard drive, USB drive, SD card etc. become RAW, you can restore files and convert them from RAW to NTFS with ease now.

Why do you need to convert RAW to NTFS?

When a volume get damaged and become RAW or you receive some error messages such as "RAW error", don't be panic. You still have a chance to convert them back to NTFS. Here below are some listed symptoms when a volume becomes RAW file system:

1. The volume X: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?

2. The disk in drive X: is not formatted.

3. There was an error accessing drive X: The disk is not formatted.

4. Also, a CHKDSK tool will complain that is unable to perform a RAW file system recovery.

5. The type of the file system is RAW.

6. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

When facing one of the situations mentioned above, you have to convert RAW to NTF by formatting. It is the only way to fix RAW drive to NIFS. But how can you do it without losing your data? Here most of you might think that you can get back lost and inaccessible files after converting RAW disk drive to NTFS. But, it is not the case. The fact is that you need to rely on data recovery software to recover files from the raw drive. So, whenever you want to convert RAW disk drive to NTFS, please format it after a full data recovery.

How to convert RAW to NTFS without losing data

First. Restore data from the RAW partition

To recover the files from RAW Disk, you can try EaseUS hard drive recovery software. This software enables you to fully restore data from RAW disk or volumes under Windows 10/8/7/Vist etc without any obstacles. And it's 100% safe for computer system and data, no second damage will be caused.

If you need to convert RAW volumes to NTFS, it's highly recommended for you to use this tool to restore all data first. If you format directly, you'll lose all the important data. Now, let's see how to recover all data before converting the RAW partition to NTFS.

Step 1. Locate the RAW hard drive

  • Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your Windows PC or laptop.
  • Launch the software. Make sure that Windows has detected your RAW hard drive and correctly listed the drive letter on the disk map.
  • Left-click on the RAW drive and then click the "Scan" button.
select the raw drive

Step 2. Scan the data on the RAW hard drive

At this stage, the software would work very hard to search all data through the entire drive, and timely display the data as the scanning task goes on. 

Tip: users are allowed to pause the scan process for an instant recovery as soon as the target files show up, but it's better to stay and wait for a complete scan till the end.

scan the raw drive

Step 3. Check files under the "Extra Files" result

  • Besides the general scan results of all lost data on the selected drive, the "Extra Files" is specially designed for RAW hard drive/USB flash drive/micro SD card data recovery, under which you're likely to recover what you want with a high success rate.
  • Of course, check all the scan results if necessary. Choose the target files and click the "Recover" button. You should save the items to a new location.
select files and click recover

Second. Convert RAW to NTFS - Format

After following these steps, you can successfully recover all your files from the RAW disk. And then you can reformat or format RAW disk to NTFS without worrying about data loss problem.

1. Open This PC/Computer > Find the RAW partition;
2. Right-click it by choosing Format > Select the file system - NTFS and even rename it;
3. Click Start > OK.

After this, your personal files in RAW disk or storage device will be restored easily and you can convert RAW partition to NTFS without any problems and even reuse it again.

Microsoft solution: Convert RAW to NTFS by cmd command
Change RAW hard disk/partition file system to NTFS

This method is majorly offered by Microsft to convert hard disk or partition from RAW to NTFS by running cmd command. If you have any important data, do remember to restore them first.

1. Open Command Prompt > Click Run as administrator;
You may need to type your password or provide confirmation for this method.
2. Type:convert X(driver letter): /fs:ntfs and hit Enter;
3. Type: M(the mane of the partition or disk you want to convert to NTFS) and press Enter;
After this all you need is to wait patiently, the partition will be converted from RAW to NTFS automatically then.