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Convert RAW to FAT32 with Free RAW to FAT32 Converter

Updated on Jun 24, 2019 by Abby Haines to Resource

Summary:
A USB, SD card, or external hard drive may become RAW suddenly and the data on it will be inaccessible. To help you regain access to your files and use your storage device again, we will show you how to recover data from the RAW drive and then convert RAW to FAT32 with professional RAW to FAT32 converter.

Overview of RAW File System

If you check a storage device in Disk Management or File Explorer and see the file system of it is RAW, there are three kinds of possibilities:

  • The device has not been formatted yet
  • The file system of the device is not recognized by the computer
  • The file system of the device is damaged or corrupted

If a USB flash drive, SD card, or external hard drive shows a RAW file system, you won't be able to open the device and access the files on it. To make the device usable again, you will need to convert RAW to NTFS, FAT32, or another file system. However, if there are important files on the RAW device, you should perform RAW file recovery first to retrieve your data since the process of converting RAW to FAT32 will erase all the data on the SD card, USB, external hard drive, etc.

Preparation: Recover Data from RAW SD Card, USB, External Hard Drive

If you don't need to perform RAW data recovery, jump to the methods convert RAW to FAT32 directly.

The hard drive recovery software, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, will help you access and recover the data on your RAW SD card, USB flash drive, external hard drive or other storage devices. With it, you can rescue the precious files successfully from the RAW drive and then convert RAW to FAT32 without any worry about data loss.

You can download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard here and then recover files from the RAW device with three simple clicks:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the RAW partition, and click "Scan".

Step 2. When the scanning process is over, preview and choose the files you want to recover.

Step 3. Click "Recover" and choose a location to save the files. (You should save the recovered files to another place instead of on the RAW device..)

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These steps can also be applied to recover deleted/formatted/lost data on a local hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, etc. EaseUS data recovery software can also support other data recovery situations like OS crash recovery, virus attack recovery, and lost partition recovery other than RAW drive recovery. It's well worth trying.

How to Convert RAW to FAT32 in Three Ways

Now that you have kept your data safe, you can start converting your RAW SD card, USB, or external hard drive to FAT32 using the professional RAW to FAT32 converter, Disk Management, or CMD by formatting.

Method 1 (Recommended): USB RAW to FAT32 Converter

EaseUS free partition software - EaseUS Partition Master can work as a RAW to FAT32 converter that helps you to convert the RAW to FAT32 or other file systems including NTFS, EXT3/2, or FAT16/12.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the SD card, USB, external hard drive, or local partition and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, enter the Partition label, choose the FAT32 file system, and set the cluster size according to your needs, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition to FAT32.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

As you can see, This software is also equipped with other powerful features. In addition to being a RAW to FAT32 converter, it also provides other functions that help you manage your computer better. 

Method 2: Use Disk Management

Generally, the RAW SD card, USB, or external hard drive can still be recognized by your computer. Thus, you can also use Disk Management to format RAW to FAT32.

Step 1. Go to "This PC" > "Manage" > "Disk Management".

Step 2. Right-click the RAW partition and choose "Format".

Step 3. Enter your volume label, choose the file system, NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT according to your needs, and then click "OK".

Convert RAW to FAT32 using Disk Management

Method 3: Use CMD

As you may know, you can also convert RAW to FAT32 using CMD. The only thing you need to pay attention to is that, instead of using the "convert" command, you should use the "format" command to convert RAW to FAT32. If you use the "convert" command, you will inevitably receive the notification "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives". To convert RAW to FAT32 using CMD:

Step 1. Run "Command Prompt" as an administrator.

Step 2. Type format G: /fs:fat32. (Replace "G" with the drive letter of your RAW device.)

Click to copy

Step 3. When the process has finished, close the window and check the file system of your SD card, USB, or external hard drive by right-clicking the device and choosing "Properties". It should be FAT32 now.

In Command Prompt, you can also use the diskpart command to convert RAW to FAT32 by formatting:

Step 1. Run "Command Prompt" as an administrator.

Step 2. Enter diskpart.

Step 3. Enter list volume.

Step 4. Enter select volume X (your RAW partition).

Step 5. Type format fs=fat32.

Click to copy

Step 6. Enter exit to quit Command Prompt.

The Bottom Line

Technically, you can convert RAW to FAT32 or NTFS using Disk Management or CMD. However, if you use a third-party tool to do it, you will not only get a RAW to FAT32 converter but also obtain a versatile partition manager that allows you to migrate OS, clone disk/partition, merge partitions, convert disk between basic and dynamic, MBR and GPT, etc. These features will do great help when you switch to a new computer or want to utilize your computer better. It's an unmissable tool well worth trying.

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 Windows 10 is supported