How to Convert RAW File System to NTFS in Windows

How to Convert RAW Hard Drive to NTFS in Windows 10/7/8

If the hard drive becomes RAW files system, on this page you can learn how to convert RAW hard drive to NTFS without losing data.

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Dec 21, 2020 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


How to Change a File from RAW to NTFS

The hard disk partition becomes RAW and cannot access the data inside. The RAW disk issue is a common disk error that happens on many storage devices, such as computer hard disk, external hard drive, USB flash drive, an SD memory card. The easy way to fix the RAW disk issue is to format the disk or change the file system from RAW to NTFS.

What is RAW File System

The RAW file system is also meant RAW drive, the device which cannot be recognized by the Windows file system. The RAW drive lost the files system and you cannot find any files or folders on the drive, and cannot be used to store data on it.

What cause the hard drive become to RAW

How to Convert RAW Hard Drive to NTFS without Losing Data

Before you convert the RAW drive to NTFS, you should get back your all data from RAW disk. In this section, we will introduce the easy way to restore a RAW partition data with Recoverit Data Recovery software. Download and install Recoverit RAW Data Recovery software on your computer, and follow the simple steps to convert the RAW files system to NTFS without data loss in Windows.

Step 1. Launch Recoverit RAW Partition Recovery software, select the RAW disk to get started.

select RAW hard drive

Step 2. The RAW recovery software can access the drive and scanning the data files, the process will take for a while to finished.

scanning raw disk device

Step 3. After the scanning, you can check all recovered data and files. Preview some photos, videos, office files, etc. Select your files and click "Recover" button to save on a safe path.

preview recovered files

This is an easy and effective solution to help you restore data from the RAW file system without formatting before you start converting the RAW file to NTFS. If you want to convert RAW to NTFS without formatting, follow the next methods to fix a RAW drive without formatting.

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How to Convert RAW File System to NTFS without Formatting

After you get the data back, you can follow the next guide to convert the RAW partition to NTFS with CMD, Disk Management, or change the RAW file system to NTFS using the system recovery option.

Method 1: Run Disk Management to convert RAW to NTFS

The first option is to make use of the built-in disk management utility provided by the windows. To do so, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. First of all, make a right-click on ‘My computer’ and hit the button saying ‘Manage’.
  2. Go to ‘Computer Management’.
  3. Make a click on ‘Disk Management.
  4. Look up the raw local drive that you are willing to fix. Mark it as an active device.
  5. Make a right-click on the drive, to visit its properties.
  6. Go to Security, Advanced, Owner, Edit, Other users or groups, Advanced, Find Now. Then choose the user listed first and hit the OK button.
  7. Reboot the system and try accessing the raw drive. It would be accessible now.

Method 2: Convert RAW to NTFS file system with CMD

To carry out the conversion of a raw partition into NTFS, follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open the command prompt by using the run command. Make sure to open it up as an administrator.
  2. Type in the following command and press the enter key: diskpart.
  3. Type X: /FS: NTFS followed by the enter key. (X being the drive letter).

This would transform the raw drive into the NTFS system. Your data would become accessible now

Method 3: Change the RAW file system to NTFS by using the System Recovery option

  1. Open up the system recovery options on your computer.
  2. Choose the ‘Startup Repair’ option among the list of other choices.
  3. Go to ‘Recovery Options’.
  4. Now attach any kind of removable storage media to the USB port of your system.
  5. Open up the command prompt and launch notepad by typing in notepad.
  6. Locate the raw drive.
  7. In case you cannot access your raw drive, copy all your backup files and paste them to the external drive.
  8. Now terminate the command prompt.
  9. Open it again and type in the following command followed by the enter key: chkdsk /f/r

Follow the above solutions convert the raw drive partition into NTFS and then you can access all of your data easily on the drive. The quick easy way to fix RAW hard drive is to format the disk, but it will cause the data lost, but sometimes it may lead to no result. You can follow the page solution to change a file from RAW to NTFS without losing data and convert RAW to NTFS without formatting.

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