[Solved] How to convert RAW to NTFS, fix RAW hard drive to NTFS without formatting/losing data?
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 propertites 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 change/convert RAW to NTFS without formatting and losing my data?
Solution 1: Convert RAW to NTFS using CMD
Chkdsk is a Windows utility that can check the integrity of the hard disk and can fix various file system errors.
Step 1: Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in a search bar.
Step 2: Right click cmd.exe and choose "Run as Administrator".
Step 3: Type "chkdsk X: (the drive letter) /f" in the command window to fix RAW drive.
In some situations, chkdsk cannot fix RAW drive to NTFS and reports "The type of the file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives", so please try other solutions as below.
Solution 2: Convert RAW to NTFS with diskpart command
Please notice that we must recover data from RAW hard drive before converting RAW to NTFS with diskpart command.
Step 1: Go to the start menu, type in "diskpart" in a search bar.
Step 2: Right click diskpart and choose "Run as Administrator".
Step 3: Type list disk
Step 4: Type select disk x (x is the hard disk number of the RAW hard drive)
Step 5: Type list partition
Step 6: Type select partition x (x is the partition number)
Step 7: Type format fs=ntfs quick, it will do a quick format on the disk and format RAW hard drive to NTFS.
Solution 3: Fix RAW hard drive to NTFS using RAW drive recovery
M3 Data Recovery is a RAW drive recovery software which can easily convert RAW to NTFS without data loss in Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.
Besides to fix RAW hard drive to NTFS, M3 Data Recovery can also fix USB flash drive not formatted, SD card not formatted, memory card not formatted, external hard drive not formatted issue and recover data from RAW hard drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW USB flash drive, RAW memory card, RAW SD card, recover deleted files, recover data from formatted hard drive, recover data from formatted USB flash drive, recover deleted or lost partition, etc.
Step 1: Please don't format the RAW drive before converting to NTFS file system, otherwise, you will lose the data forever.
Step 2: Launch M3 Data Recovery and then select RAW Drive Recovery module.
Step 3: Choose the RAW hard drive (M3 Data Recovery shows it as unknown file system) you want to convert to NTFS.
Step 4: Click Next to scan RAW hard drive.
Step 5: Check the files in RAW hard drive.
Step 6: Click "Fix Drive" to fix RAW hard drive to NTFS.
In some situations, the file system of RAW hard drive is seriously damaged so that RAW hard drive cannot be fixed to NTFS, so data recovery is the only way, please go to solution 4.
Solution 4: Recover data from RAW hard drive with RAW drive data recovery software
M3 Data Recovery is not only a RAW drive recovery software, but also a RAW drive data recovery software which can recover data from RAW hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, etc.
Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery on your computer.
Step 2: Connect the RAW drive to your computer as slave drive and then launch M3 Data Recovery.
Step 3: Choose "Data Recovery" module.
Step 4: Select the RAW drive and click Next to scan the lost data.
Step 5: Check the found files in RAW drive.
Step 6: Choose the files you expect and then recover data from RAW drive.
Solution 5: Convert RAW to NTFS by reformatting
If there is no important data in RAW hard drive, format is the best choice to fix RAW hard drive to NTFS, just right click RAW hard drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management and then select "Format..." to reformat it.
Step 1: Right click RAW drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.
Step 2: Select "Format...".
Step 3: Select NTFS file system and then set other information (Allocation unit size, volume label, format options) about format
Step 5: Click Start to reformat RAW hard drive to NTFS.
If there is important data in RAW hard drive, just follow solution 4 to recover data from RAW hard drive and then fix RAW hard drive to NTFS by reformatting.
Solution 6: Ask for help from a local data recovery professional
If RAW hard drive has hardware issue or lost data is not found by M3 Data Recovery, please send RAW hard drive to a local data recovery professional for help.