• How to Convert RAW to NTFS?

    | Updated on July 7, 2023

    Have you ever encountered the above scenario? Are you stressed about losing all necessary data from your storage device? Perhaps, you might be wondering how to convert RAW to NTFS without formatting in Windows. Any data storage device like hard drive, external HDD, SD card, flash drive, etc. can get corrupted or damaged for any bad sector or virus, etc. And when it comes to RAW, it’s highly possible to cause data loss and then the file cannot be opened by you. 

    Meanwhile, you are supposed to get error messages when attempting to open a RAW partition, right? No need to worry. It is easy to fix down such errors by two phases through recovering data from RAW partition and then converting RAW to NTFS. It is essential to have knowledge of solving the issue of converting RAW to NTFS without losing a single data and this article will enlighten you with guidelines if you have no clue how to fix RAW drive without formatting.

    What Software to Use?

    It is to be noted that, before applying any method to change RAW to NTFS, you firstly should recover files from RAW partition from your external hard drive, SD card, USB flash drive, etc. to avoid any kind of data loss further. To add more, do not format the RAW partition even though Windows will ask you to format it before you can use it. However, a trusted and reliable third-party application- iBoysoft data recovery software will help you to retrieve your lost files and folders quickly with original names and directories from RAW, corrupted or damaged storage media, no matter what you are using. What’s more, you can even use this software to recover files from BitLocker encrypted drives if needed.

    You can then try to convert RAW to NTFS after you recover data from the RAW partition. Below, there are three methods to convert RAW to NTFS that need to follow.

    Ways to Convert RAW to NTFS

    Method 1: Converting RAW to NTFS with Disk Management

    Disk Management is a built-in function that helps users to manage disk and partition like creating partition, formatting partition, shrinking partition, extending partition or initializing disk and so on. 

    Step 1: 

    At the very first, you should right-click and then select the ‘Start’ menu and choose ‘Disk Management’ to open system Disk Management. This is the step of those who are using Windows 10. In other Windows versions, you can right-click on the ‘This PC/My Computer’ icon from the desktop then select ‘Manage Option’ and then click ‘Disk Management’ under storage on the left pane. 

    Step 2: 

    Then you should find the RAW partition and right-click on it to select the ‘Format’ option. 

    Step 3:

    You can now choose NTFS from the file system dropdown list and then u should click the ‘Start’ button. 

    Method 2: Converting RAW to NTFS with cmd

    In certain cases, you may fail to format the RAW partition in Disk Management and get any error message. You can try another method to change the file system from RAW to NTFS with cmd.

    Step 1: 

    The very first step should be launching the command prompt. Input ‘cmd’ in the search box where you can find the command prompt in searching result and afterward, press ‘Run as Administrator’. Then, click ‘Yes’. 

    Step 2: 

    Later, you need to type ‘chkdsk driveletter: /f and hit the ‘enter’ button. It means correcting errors in the drive.

    Method 3: Use DiskPart command line to fix RAW partition

    Sometimes, you’ll see one error message saying chkdsk is not available for RAW drives, at this time, the DiskPart command can be a good helper to recover the RAW partition.

    Step 1: Click Start and type in diskpart in the search box.

    Step 2: Right-click on diskpart.exe and select Run as Administrator.

    Step 3: Type in and run the command line list volume to see all your available partitions and drives.

    Step 4: Locate the drive you want to fix and run command line select volume x. Remember to replace x with your RAW disk/partition.

    Step 5: Run command line format fs=ntfs quick.

    Janvi Panthri
    Senior Writer, Editor
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