I have a hard drive that has been partitioned into four. All of them are NTFS volumes. Recently, one partition strangely displays as RAW instead of NTFS. When I try to open it, a message pops up "The drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" Is there any way to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss? I really need the data inside that partition.
Many users complain about disk error like RAW drive error on their hard drive, which disables them to access files stored on the drive. You may also be annoyed by running into RAW drive problem, but this is quite common a problem for all hard drive users. This passage will tell you why you need to convert RAW drive to NTFS, and how to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss.
Why you need to convert RAW drive to NTFS?
When a drive is damaged and becomes RAW, it usually shows the following symptoms: "The drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" or "The drive is not formatted" error message, file system showing as RAW or unknown, 0 bytes used space & 0 bytes free space, etc.
RAW file system means there is no file system and the Operating System can't read any information on the drive. A RAW drive can be caused by virus infection, file system error, sudden power outage, accidentally shut down, or other improper operation.
File system is indispensable for a drive, without it you can no longer access the drive or use it. To make the RAW drive accessible and usable again, you need to convert RAW drive to NTFS by formatting it. But if you directly format the RAW drive, you will loss data stored on it. So if there is any way to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss, it would be wonderful.
How to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss?
To avoid unexpected and unnecessary data loss, what you should do is to recover data from RAW drive before converting RAW drive to NTFS.
To recover data from RAW drive, you need iBoysoft Data Recovery, a professional data recovery software that is used for RAW drive data recovery, formatted drive data recovery, corrupted drive data recovery, deleted file recovery, deleted or lost partition recovery, etc. in Windows and Mac.
Step 1: Recover data from RAW drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery
1. Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer.
2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, and select the RAW drive.
3. Click "Next" to search for all lost files on the RAW drive.
4. Preview the listed recoverable files, choose those you want, and click "Recover" button to get them back.
5. Check to ensure you have recovered all lost data.
Step 2: Convert RAW drive to NTFS by formatting
After successfully recovering data from RAW drive, you can format RAW drive without worrying about data loss problem.
1. Go to This PC, My Computer or Disk Management, find the RAW drive.
2. Right-click the RAW drive to choose "Format".
3. Select NTFS file system and then assign a volume label to it.
4. Click "Start" and the format operation will finish within minutes.
If you want to convert RAW drive to FAT32, please find detailed tutorial at how to convert RAW to FAT32 without data loss.
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