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How to Convert/Change RAW File System to NTFS without Data Loss

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 by Daisy to Format Recovery


To convert or change raw file system to NTFS, EaseUS Data Recovery can easily recover files from RAW hard disk drive and then you can format the RAW drive to NTFS file system.

How to fix RAW drive without formatting or losing data?

The RAW drive is a hard drive partition which has not been formatted with the file system neither FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 nor NTFS/NTFS5. The RAW drive can be caused by a number of reasons such as virus infection, format failure, accidentally shut down operating system, power outages, etc. When you access the RAW drive, you will get an error message like "The disk in drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". In this situation, if we click "No", the drive cannot be accessed. On the contrary, if we click "Yes", we will lose all of the files stored on this drive.

Then how can you fix raw drive without formatting or losing data? The recommended solution is:

  • First, do not follow as Windows asked. DO NOT FORMAT THE RAW DRIVE.
  • Second, download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get all crucial data out of the RAW drive.
  • Last, after you make sure that all useful data have been stored in a safe place. Then you can format the raw drive to FAT/NTFS.

Video Tutorial: Recover Data from Raw Drive before Converting Raw File System to NTFS

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful data recovery software that can first help get all data out from the RAW drive. Then you can format the RAW drive to NTFS, FAT or other file system with no hesitation. Besides this, EaseUS Data Recovery software can recover deleted files, recover files from raw drive, recover files from formatted drive, recover files from lost or deleted drive, etc.

How to recover data from Raw drive with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard works well to recover files from raw drive. The following is a step-by-step guide for you to convert/change RAW to NTFS without data loss.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover. Select the disk location where you lost your data and click "Scan" button.

Choose the RAW DRIVE

Step 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 drive

Step 3. Choose the file(s) you want to recover by file types from the scanning results. Click "Recover" button to recover the selected files. You'd better choose a different location instead of the original hard drive to avoid data overwriting.

Save data in raw drive to another place

  1. Step 4. Convert/Format RAW drive to NTFS file system:
  2. Open This PC/My Computer > Right-click RAW drive > Select Format > Set file system as NTFS/FAT etc and click Start > OK.
  3. After recovering files from RAW drive successfully, you can format the raw drive to NTFS file system and then access the raw drive as normal. Now you have converted/changed RAW file system to NTFS without losing any data.