How to fix/format RAW drive to NTFS without data loss? My external hard drive has changed file system from NTFS to RAW and now it show the cd drive icon and there is no option for format.
A RAW file system simply means that it is a file system that is not recognized by Windows. Therefore all the available file system drivers are unable to mount the file system as a drive. This often happens when the records determining the file system type or location on the disk are damaged or corrupted, usually the partition table or the boot sector. Since Windows sees no file system in the partition, it prompts you to format it in order to create a file system on it. Don't format it.
Solution 2: Recover data from RAW drive and then reformat RAW drive to NTFS
M3 Data Recovery uses "Rebuild/Repair file system" method to fix/format RAW drive to NTFS without data loss. If the damage to file system is serious, the only way is to recover data from RAW drive using Data Recovery mode built-in M3 Data Recovery. After data recovery from RAW drive is successfully done, please try to reformat it, the RAW drive will be working again after format completes.
Tutorial to recover data from RAW drive:
Step 1: Choose Data Recovery module on M3 Data Recovery home window.
If you are using RAW Drive Recovery module and have completed the scan, please switch to Data Recovery module by clicking "Switch to Data Recovery Mode at left corner and then recover data from RAW drive without rescanning.
Step 2: Select the RAW rive and click Next to scan the lost data.
Step 3: Check the found files in RAW drive.
Step 4: Choose the files you expect and then recover data from RAW drive.
Tutorial to reformat RAW drive to NTFS:
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 4: Click Start to reformat RAW drive to NTFS.