RAW to NTFS Converter Software Free Download (for Windows Only. 100% FREE)

When your hard drive partition shows as RAW, you can not read or open it until turn the RAW file system to NTFS or FAT32. Some RAW to NTFS converter software free download, like EaseUS Partition Master, can help you do the job. Be careful, when you have important data on the RAW drive, use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to perform data recovery before the conversion.

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"Help! My external HDD suddenly went to a RAW format and I am unable to access the drive to retrieve my files. I searched how to fix a RAW drive problem but totally lost myself in the massive results. It's hard for me to find the right answer. Does anyone know clearly how to solve this kind of problem without losing data?"

hard drive shows as raw in disk management

What's RAW?

The RAW file system indicates a state of your hard drive which has no or unknown file system. A disk or drive with a RAW file system is also known as a RAW disk or RAW drive. When a hard drive or external storage device is shown as RAW, it could be: The file system of the drive is missing or damaged. The quick way to fix a RAW file system is to format the drive with a Windows recognizable file system like FAT or NTFS.

Here is the problem. Formatting a disk will help convert the RAW file system to NTFS, for example, but this behavior also erases data on this drive.

The proper way to handle a RAW HDD, USB flash drive, or SD card should be like this:

-> No data in the RAW drive

Handling a RAW drive without much data inside is much easier. The only fix is to choose a reliable and professional program to format the drive.

EaseUS Partition Master

-> There is important data inside the RAW drive

In fact, over 90% of the circumstances are having data involved. If you want to get the highest chance of successful recovery of inaccessible data from the RAW drive, you should perform data recovery before formatting the device (even Windows asks you to format the disk in drive X before you can use it), because formatting will overwrite the lost data which makes part of the data unrecoverable by any third-party data recovery program.

Besides, you don't perform 'chkdsk' command or 'clean' command in Diskpart on the RAW disk before data recovery. Those Diskpart commands can somehow solve most of the hard drive corruption problems. However, they also do damage to the files in the drive and decrease the chance of data recovery.

If you're interested in getting a dependable RAW data recovery service, this video is helpful.

How to Convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 Without Losing Data

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, an easy-to-use and powerful hard drive data recovery utility that is good at retrieving data from an inaccessible or unreadable HDD, external USB flash drive, memory card, and many other storage devices. It is a do-it-yourself program that average computer users can easily operate, without requiring learning curves. It's able to recover up to 1000 types of files in all kinds of data loss cases, including that your hard drive starts malfunctioning, turning to RAW.

One of the salient features in EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which is also the feature that surpasses its rivals, is that it can automatically repair videos, audio files, and documents that are corrupted after recovery. With the EaseUS data recovery solution, it's less possible to encounter the issue - files won't open after recovery.

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To recover data from a raw drive, follow the three steps.

Step 1. Select and scan the RAW partition

If the RAW partition contains a partition label, you can directly select it and click "Scan" to look for the lost files. 

If the RAW partition lost its label, it will be recognized as "Lost Partition", just select the "Lost Partition" and click "Scan" to find the lost data.

select RAW partition and click scan

Step 2. Preview found data from the scan result

When the scanning completes, find the lost files in "Other Lost Files" folder. You can also use "Files Lost Original Name" or "Tags" to locate the files in RAW partition. "Filter" > "Type" can help you to locate a specific type of file.

Then, check and double-click to preview found files. 

scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Recover found data from RAW partition

Select all found files and click "Recover" to get all the data back.

Select another secure location to save the found data and click "OK" to start the RAW recovery.

recover all found data from RAW partition

Alternatively, whenever you find difficulty in running the software to find lost data on the RAW drive, e.g., the recovery process is too time-consuming on an incredible large RAW disk, or you've already tried data recovery but did not find the desired files, never mind, you can turn to the EaseUS manual data recovery service.

Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for one-on-one manual recovery service. We could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Repair corrupted RAID structure, unbootbale Windows OS and corrupted virtual disk file (.vmdk, .vhd, .vhdx, etc.)
2. Recover/repair lost partition and re-paritioned drive
3. Unformat hard drive and repair raw drive(Bitlocker encrypted drive)

Best RAW to NTFS Converter Free Download for Windows 10/8/7

Despite the solution to fixing a RAW drive is simple and straightforward and there are many ways to do the job, we choose EaseUS Partition Master Free, a third-party RAW to NTFS converter program, over all other choices. The reasons are in the following.

① It's free, applicable to all Windows platforms, including Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista and Windows Server.

② It won't cause further errors like [1]"Windows was unable to complete the format" in Windows Explorer, [2]"The format did not complete successfully" in Disk Management, and [3] "Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives" in Windows Command Prompt.

③ The way of Disk Management processing a RAW drive is to delete the RAW drive first and then recreate a new partition on the previously RAW partition. EaseUS Partition Master lets you directly format the RAW drive to many file systems like FAT and EXT, not limited to NTFS.

④  It's a program with multi-functional disk management solutions in it. The frequent and practical features include resize/move, copy partition, migrate OS, merge partitions, etc. We suggest personal and home users install EaseUS Partition Master so as to use it as a long-lasting friend who is accompanying around.

See how to use EaseUS RAW to NTFS converter to convert RAW to NTFS.

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, and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format RAW Drive Partition - Step 2

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

Format RAW Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4. Execute the operations.

Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left 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

RAW Drive Is Fixable, So Is Data!

Regarding the topic of "RAW to NTFS converter software free download", we outline an article that focuses on how to convert a RAW drive to a recognizable drive without losing data. To accomplish the job, we need two assistants:

1. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which helps retrieve data from a currently inaccessible drive, like the RAW drive.

2. EaseUS Partition Master, which aims to fix the RAW drive issue by reformatting the RAW drive with an NTFS file system so it can be put in use again.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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