Can diskpart command convert/format/change/fix RAW drive/USB/SD card to NTFS/FAT32 without data loss?

Updated by Admin to RAW to NTFS on May 28th, 2019

NTFS partition is reporting as RAW file system, can we use diskpart command to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss?

What is RAW drive?

RAW file system is not really a type of file system but presents a problem of your drive or partition. We know file system often used like NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT. So what is RAW file system? Just a system error that makes your partition become RAW and you cannot access files without any recovery software.

RAW drive in disk management

About diskpart

Diskpart is essentially the command-line equivalent to the Disk Management tool. Diskpart command can format, resize, extend and manage your drives and volumes.

Diskpart command can convert/format/change RAW to NTFS/FAT32 on hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, memory card in Windows 10/8/7/XP, but it also deletes the data stored on hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, memory card after converting RAW file system to NTFS, so how to use diskpart command to convert/format/change/fix RAW drive to NTFS without data loss?

How to use diskpart command to format/convert RAW to NTFS without data loss?

Although diskpart command cannot format/convert RAW to NTFS without data loss, but we can recover data from RAW drive firstly before converting/formatting to NTFS with diskpart command.

To recover data, you need to find a professional data recovery software, such as M3 Data Recovery.

M3 Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software which can recover deleted files even emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from RAW drive, recover data from formatted drive, recover data from inaccessible partition, recover data from corrupted 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.

In order to convert/format/fix RAW partition to NTFS without losing data, please follow the below steps:

Step 1: Download and insttall M3 Data Recovery software on Windows computer.

Step 2: If the RAW storage device is an external drive, please connect it to this Windows computer.

Step 3: Launch M3 Data Recovery software and choose "Data Recovery" module on M3 Data Recovery home window.

Free data recovery software

If the RAW drive was Bitlocker encrypted, please choose "Bitlocker Recovery" module to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive at this step.

Step 4: Select RAW drive and click Next to continue.

Scan the lost data from RAW drive

Step 5: After M3 Data Recovery finds lost data, please select the files you want to expect and click Recover to start recovery.

Recover data from RAW drive

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

Step 6: After data recovery from RAW drive is successfully done, you can use diskpart command to format/convert RAW to NTFS on hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc.

Step 7: Open Windows Start menu -> Type diskpart in search box.

Step 8: When diskpart.exe appears in the search results, right-click it and select "Run as administrator".

Run diskpart

Step 9: At the DISKPART> prompt, please type list disk command and press Enter. It will display all the hard disks on your computer. Each hard disk will have a disk number, starting with 0 (zero).

List disk with diskpart command

Step 10: Type select disk X and press Enter (Please replace X with the disk number).

Select disk with diskpart command

Step 11: Type list volume and press Enter. It will display all the volumes on the selected hard disk. Each volume will have a volume number, starting with 0 (zero).

List volume with diskpart command

Diskpart lists the RAW partition as unknown file system.

Step 12: Type select volume X (Please replace X with the volume number) and press Enter.

Select volume with diskpart command

Step 13: Type format fs=ntfs label=volume label quick and press Enter to execute the format. If you want to format the volume to FAT32 file system, you can type format fs=fat32 label=volume label quick.

Format volume with diskpart command

When the format completes, you will see message showing "Diskpart successfully formatted the volume".

Format complete with diskpart command

If diskpart command is difficult for us to understand and operate, please don't worry, you can use Windows built-in format tool or the 3rd-party RAW to NTFS converter/format tool to format RAW to NTFS/FAT32 file system after data recovery is successfully done, these tools are very simple to help us to format/convert RAW file system to NTFS on hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc.

How to convert RAW to NTFS without diskpart command?

Besides data recovery from RAW drive, M3 Data Recovery provides another recovery module: RAW Drive Recovery to fix RAW partition or change/convert RAW to NTFS file system without data loss.

If the damage to file system of the RAW drive is serious, there is no way to rebuild corrupted file system and fix RAW drive, the only way still is data recovery.

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery software on Windows computer.

Step 2: If the RAW storage device is an external drive, please connect RAW storage device to this Windows computer as external drive.

Step 3: Launch M3 Data Recovery software and then select RAW Drive Recovery module.

RAW drive recovery software

If the RAW drive was Bitlocker encrypted, please choose "Bitlocker Recovery" module to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive at this step. If the RAW drive was encrypted by other software, you need to find the corresponding software to recover data from the encrypted drive.

Step 4: Select the RAW drive and then click Next to check and rebuild corrupted file.

How to convert RAW to NTFS without diskpart

Step 5: Check the files in RAW drive before converting/changing RAW back to NTFS file system.

Convert RAW to NTFS without diskpart command

If there are some files missing after the scan completes, please return to home window, choose Data Recovery module, select the same RAW drive and check deep scan option to find more files.

Step 6: Click "Fix Drive" and then convert/change RAW to NTFS file system. After the RAW drive is fixed and accessible, all your data will be back.

Fix RAW partition without diskpart command

If the RAW drive cannot be fixed or RAW drive still is not accessible after fixing, please click "Switch to Data Recovery mode" at the left corner and recover data from RAW drive. After data recovery completes, please use above diskpart command to format RAW drive.

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