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How to Convert RAW to NTFS without Losing Data

Updated on May 21, 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 deivces, you can find wanted answer here in the below passage. Don't worry anymore when your storage deivces 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 complained 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 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?

Step 1. Restore data from RAW drive, SD card Windows partition firstly

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 lost all important data. Now, let's see how to recover all data before converting RAW partition to NTFS.

1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the RAW disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button.

the RAW disk where you lost your data and click

2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan first. After the quick scan completes, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

scan the RAW disk to recover the lost data before converting RAW volumes to NTFS

3. Choose the file(s) you want to recover by file types from the scanning results. Click "Recover" button to recover the selected files. 

Note: Here you should not save the recovered files to the original disk drive that shows RAW file system, instead, you can store those recovered files to any other partition or storage device.

Preview and recover lost files before converting RAW volumes to NTFS

Step 2. Convert RAW to NTFS - Format RAW Partition to NTFS

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 firstly.

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.