How to convert RAW to FAT32 in memory card/SD card?

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery Tips on November 14th, 2017

I have a memory card that I have been using for long time. Yesterday when I was about to open the drive, the computer told me that I couldn't open it. When I checked the properties of it, I found my memory card was 0 MB with RAW file system. It was supposed to be a FAT32 system. There are lots of important files on it. Can someone help me convert the RAW memory card to FAT32 and get my files back?

Whenever your memory/SD card becomes RAW from FAT32, DO NOT convert RAW to FAT32 directly until you've recovered data from the RAW memory/SD card. Follow the tutorials here to convert RAW to FAT32 in memory/SD card without data loss by using free RAW data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery.

How to convert RAW to FAT32 in memory/SD card without losing data?

Method 1: Convert RAW to FAT32 using CMD

As you may know, you can convert RAW to FAT32 with Diskpart. But Diskpart will erase the data stored on the SD/memory card by force. If you don't have any important data or you have made backups, just go ahead. Otherwise, skip it.

Step 1: Click Start and search "diskpart".

Step 2: Right click on "diskpart" and then click on "Run as Administrator".

Step 3: Type "list volume" to list all the available partitions and drives, then press Enter. According to the listed disk/partition information, identify which drive/partition you want to clean. For example, F drive is your target drive you want to select and it is Volume 3.

Step 4: Now type "select Volume 3" and press Enter. Be sure to choose the correct drive/partition.

Step 5: Type "format fs=fat32 quick" and press Enter.

Finally, you can type "exit" and press Enter to close the command prompt. Till now, you can see the FAT32 formatted memory/SD card in My Computer and take use of it.

Method 2: Recover lost data and then covert RAW to FAT32 in memory card

Step 1: Recover lost data from RAW memory card with iBoysoft Data Recovery

iBoysoft Data Recovery is able to recover lost data from RAW memory card, hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, pen drive, no matter they are formatted with FAT32, NTFS or exFAT in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Besides, this powerful data recovery tool can recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover lost data from inaccessible drive, recover lost data from corrupted drive, recover lost data from unrecognized drive, recovers data from formatted drive, and recover lost data from deleted or lost partition, etc.

Guidance to recover lost data from RAW memory card

1: Free download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows.

2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, choose the RAW memory card and click "Next".

3: Select needed files, then click "Recover".

Recover lost data from RAW memory card

Finally, please make sure that your needed files has been restored.

Step 2: Convert RAW to FAT32 in memory card by formatting

1: Go to Disk Management, right click the RAW memory and select "Format".

2: Set up file system as FAT32.

3: Click Start and the format operation will finish soon.

If you want to convert RAW drive to NTFS, please find detailed tutorial at how to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss.

Read more: Why FAT32 becomes RAW drive?

Usually when you go to format a portable storage device, such as a memory card, an SD card, a USB drive or others, Windows will suggest one of the three file systems: FAT32, NTFS or exFAT. The fact is, no matter which file format you choose, the file system might get damaged or corrupted and become RAW at times. When it happens, Windows will prevent you from opening the memory card and ask you to format it to access any files inside.

To fix this problem, you might think of downloading a RAW to FAT32 converter or converting RAW to FAT32 by formatting, but hesitate to press the button in fear of data loss on memory card. Free download iBoysoft Data Recovery and follow the methods above, you can convert RAW to FAT32 in memory card without data loss.

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