[Solved] How to fix/convert RAW to NTFS without formatting or data loss in Windows 10/8/7?

Updated by Admin to RAW to NTFS on July 17th, 2019

I am unable to access my Windows partition. after spending hours I finally figured out it must have something to do with the partition. Windows properties show 0 Bytes for this partition. diskpart and list volume is showing this drive is formatted as RAW file system not NTFS. When I accessed it, Windows pops up a message "The drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" Can someone help me figure out how to fix/convert RAW to NTFS without formatting and losing my data?

Why need to fix/convert RAW to NTFS?

When a storage device (Such as hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, memory card) became RAW file system, you cannot access the data stored on these storage devices. When accesing the RAW storage device in Windows explorer, you may get the following error message "You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" from Windows.

You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it

When receiving the above RAW drive format error message, you have to click "Format disk" to format the RAW storage device as to fix/convert RAW file system to NTFS and make the storage device reusable again. However, formatting will cause data loss problem. If there are some solutions that can fix/convert RAW file system to NTFS without formatting and data loss, it will be perfect.

How to fix/convert RAW to NTFS without formatting?

There are two solutions to fix/convert RAW file system to NTFS without formatting, you can selectively follow one solution to fix/convert RAW drive to NTFS right now:

Solution 1: Fix/Convert RAW to NTFS using CMD

Chkdsk is a Windows utility that can check the integrity and can fix various file system errors on hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc.

Please follow below steps to convert/fix RAW to NTFS with chkdsk command:

1) Go to the Windows start menu, type in "cmd" in the search bar.

2) Right click cmd.exe and choose "Run as Administrator" to run cmd.exe.

Run cmd as Administrator

3) After seeing Commnd Prompt window, type "chkdsk X: /f" (Replace X with the drive letter of your RAW drive) and then press Enter. Chkdsk will check and fix various file system errors on the specific RAW drive.

Once the RAW drive is fixed by chkdsk, you will be able to access the RAW drive without formatting. However, in some situations, chkdsk cannot fix RAW drive to NTFS and reports the error message: "The type of the file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives", so please try below solutions.

Solution 2: Fix/Convert RAW to NTFS using RAW drive recovery software

M3 Data Recovery is not only a professional data recovery software, but also a RAW drive recovery software which can easily fix/convert RAW to NTFS without formatting and data loss on Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

Besides to fix/convert RAW file system to NTFS without formatting, M3 Data Recovery can also recover deleted files, recover data from formatted hard drive, recover data from RAW drive, recover data from formatted drive, recover deleted/lost partition, recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive, etc.

Tutorial to fix/convert RAW to NTFS with M3 Data Recovery:

1) Please don't format the RAW drive before converting to NTFS file system, otherwise, you will lose the data forever.

2) Please download and install M3 Data Recovery software on your Windows computer.

3) If the RAW storage device is an external drive, please connect the RAW storage device to your computer as a slave drive and then launch M3 Data Recovery software.

4) Select "RAW Drive Recovery" module.

M3 Data Recovery software

If the RAW drive is Bitlocker encrypted, please choose "Bitlocker Recovery" module to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

5) Choose the RAW drive (M3 Data Recovery software shows it as unknown file system).

Select RAW hard drive in M3 Data Recovery

6) Click Next to scan data from the RAW drive.

Scan RAW hard drive

7) Preview and check the files in the RAW drive.

Check the found files in RAW drive

If there are some files missing after the scan completes, please return to home window, choose Data Recovery module, check deep scan option and scan it again.

8) Click "Fix Drive" to fix/convert RAW to NTFS without formatting and data loss.

In some situations, the file system of RAW drive has been severely damaged so that RAW drive cannot be fixed to NTFS, the only way is data recovery and formatting RAW drive to convert RAW file system to NTFS.

Video tutorial:

How to fix/convert RAW to NTFS without data loss?

So how to get important data back from RAW drive to avoid data loss issue by fixing/converting RAW to NTFS? Just follow the below two steps to do this job now:

Step 1: Recover data from RAW storage device

In order to avoid unexpected data loss by fixing/converting RAW file system to NTFS, we highly recommend you recover data from RAW drive firstly.

M3 Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software which can recover data from RAW drive, RAW hard drive, RAW USB drive, RAW flash drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW SD card, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

Besides to recover data from RAW drive, M3 Data Recovery software can also recover deleted files even emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from formatted drive, recover data from deleted/lost partition, recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

Please follow below steps to recover data from RAW storage device:

1) Download and install M3 Data Recovery software on your computer.

2) If the RAW storage device is an external drive, please connect the RAW storage device to your computer as a slave drive and then launch M3 Data Recovery software.

3) Choose "Data Recovery" module.

M3 Data Recovery software

If the RAW drive is Bitlocker encrypted, please choose "Bitlocker Recovery" module to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

4) Select the RAW drive (M3 Data Recovery software shows it as unknown file system) and click Next to scan the data from the selected RAW drive.

Scan data from RAW drive

5) Preview and check the found files.

Recover data from RAW drive

If there are some files missing after the scan completes, please return to home window, check deep scan option and try to scan again.

6) Choose the files you expect and then click Recover to start data recovery from RAW drive.

If RAW storage device has hardware issue (The typical symptoms: Disk Management doesn't show correct capacity, data error (cyclic redundancy check), WinHex shows unreadable sectors) or lost data is not found by M3 Data Recovery, please send the RAW storage device to a local data recovery service for help.

Step 2: Convert RAW to NTFS by formatting

After data recovery from RAW drive, you can change RAW file system to NTFS by formatting the drive with My Computer, Disk Management, diskpart command or the 3rd-party tool.

1) Right click the RAW drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

2) Select "Format...".

3) Select NTFS file system and then set other information (Allocation unit size, volume label, format options) about format process.

4) Click "Start" to format the RAW drive to NTFS.

Formatting will erase all the data stored on the RAW drive, so you must be sure all lost data has been recovered successfully before formatting, otherwise, you will lose the data forever once the RAW drive is formatted.

In some situations, you may encounter such errors when formatting a RAW drive, "The format did not complete successfully" and "Windows was unable to complete the format" in Disk Management or My Computer. If you run CHKDSK on that drive, you'll get "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives". In that case, please try diskpart command to fix/format RAW drive to NTFS with following steps:

1) Go to the Windows start menu, type in "diskpart" in the search bar.

2) Right click diskpart.exe and choose "Run as Administrator" to run diskpart.exe.

Run diskpart

3) At the DISKPART> prompt, please type "list disk" command and press Enter.

List disk with diskpart command

4) Type "select disk X" command and press Enter (Replace X with the disk number of your RAW storage device).

Select disk with diskpart command

5) Type "list volume" command and press Enter.

List volume with diskpart command

6) Type "select volume X" command and press Enter (Replace X with the volume number of your RAW partition).

Select volume with diskpart command

7) Type format fs=ntfs label=volume label quick and press Enter to execute the format. When the format completes, you will see message showing "Diskpart successfully formatted the volume".

Format volume with diskpart command

How to avoid data loss again?

The most effective way to avoid data loss is to create frequent backups of your files (There are many free backup software which can create frequent backups in the internet market, such as Aomei Backupper Standard, Macrium Reflect Free, Paragon Backup & Recovery Free). Once you lost important data, you can restore lost data from the backups without worrying any data loss.

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