USB drive RAW file system, how to convert RAW USB drive to FAT32/NTFS and recover data from RAW USB drive?

Updated by Admin to RAW to FAT32 on April 16th, 2019

Summary: There are many reasons cause USB drive RAW file system, we will show you how to convert RAW USB external hard drive to NTFS, how to recover data from RAW USB drive and how to format RAW USB flash drive to FAT32/exFAT.

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Common RAW USB drive scenarios

1. USB drive showing RAW file system or unknown file system

2. USB drive 0 bytes (Used space 0 bytes, free space 0 bytes)

3. USB drive showing wrong capacity in Windows PC/Mac

4. RAW USB drive not recognized in Windows 10/8/7

5. USB drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?

6. Windows is unable to complete the format on RAW USB drive

7. USB drive is not accessible, the parameter is incorrect

8. USB drive is not readable by this computer

9. RAW USB drive is write protected, cannot format

Solution 1: Convert USB external hard drive to NTFS/FAT32 without data loss

After the file system of USB external hard drive corrupted, please try below solution to fix/repair USB drive RAW file system and then get data back.

Download a USB drive recovery software called M3 Data Recovery firstly and then start to convert USB external hard drive RAW to NTFS/FAT32 without data loss in Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

Step 1: Launch M3 Data Recovery software and then select RAW Drive Recovery module.

USB drive RAW recovery software

Step 1: Select the RAW USB external hard drive.

USB drive RAW recovery, convert USB RAW to FAT32 file system

Step 3: Click Next to scan data from RAW USB external hard drive.

Scan RAW USB external hard drive

Step 4: Check the files in RAW USB USB external hard drive before converting to NTFS/FAT32 file system.

Convert RAW USB external hard drive to NTFS/FAT32 file system

Step 5: Convert RAW USB external hard drive to NTFS/FAT32 file system. If RAW USB external hard drive cannot be fixed, please try solution 2 to recover data from RAW USB external hard drive and then reformat it.

Solution 2: Convert RAW USB flash drive to FAT32/exFAT by data recovery

32GB USB flash drive was FAT32, but it turned RAW file system with no reason, and now it can't be opened! How to convert USB flash drive RAW to FAT32 without losing data or how to recover data from RAW USB flash drive?

M3 Data Recovery software also provides Data Recovery module which can recover data from RAW drive, it supports RAW external hard drive, RAW USB flash drive, RAW memory card, RAW USB stick, RAW CF card, RAW hard drive, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

Step 1: Connect the RAW USB flash drive to your computer.

Step 2: Download, install and launch M3 Data Recovery software on your computer.

Step 3: Choose Data Recovery module.

Step 4: Select RAW USB flash drive, check deep scan option and then click Next to scan data from RAW USB flash drive.

Scan lost data from RAW USB flash drive

Step 5: Check the files in RAW USB flash drive before data recovery.

Recover data from RAW USB flash drive

Step 6: Click Recover to start data recovery from RAW USB flash drive.

Step 7: After data recovery from RAW USB flash drive is successfully done, please reformat RAW USB flash drive to FAT32/exFAT with Windows built-in format tool.

Solution 3: Fix RAW USB drive using CMD

Chkdsk is a system tool built-in Windows Operating System, it can verify the file system integrity of a volume and fix logical file system errors on RAW USB flash drive and external hard drive.

Step 1: Connect RAW USB drive to a Windows computer.

Step 2: Go to Windows start menu, type CMD in a search bar.

Step 3: Right click cmd.exe and choose "Run as Administrator".

Step 4: Type chkdsk X: /f (X is the drive letter of RAW USB drive) in the CMD window and press Enter.

Solution 4: Convert RAW USB drive to FAT32/exFAT with format tool

If there is no important data in RAW USB drive, just format RAW USB drive to FAT32/exFAT with the format tool, such as Windows built-in format tool, diskpart command, low-format tool, third-party software.

Step 1: Please ensure all data has been recovered before reformatting.

Step 2: Insert RAW USB drive into a Windows computer.

Step 3: Right click My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 4: Select "Format..." and select FAT32/exFAT file system.

Step 5: Click Start to reformat RAW USB drive to FAT32/exFAT.

Solution 5: Using USB drive production tool to convert RAW USB drive to FAT32/exFAT

When encountering the following RAW USB drive situations:

1. USB showing incorrect capacity in Disk Management, for example 64GB, detect 4GB

2. Windows is unable to complete the format on RAW USB drive

3. RAW USB drive is write protected cannot format

The above situations mean USB drive has hardware issue. In this situation, you need to find the corresponding USB drive production tool to reset RAW USB drive according to USB drive model.

Solution 6: A local data recovery service

If there is important data in physically damaged RAW USB drive (The common situation is: RAW USB drive is not recognized by disk management or device manager), please send RAW USB drive to a local data recovery service for help.