How to convert RAW to NTFS using command prompt?

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery on December 6th, 2017

Summary: Want to convert RAW to NTFS using cmd directly so as to access the files on the RAW hard drive? Wait. If you're not familiar with command line, the easiest and most reliable way however is to recover data from RAW hard drive firstly to prevent any data loss. Now free download the trustworthy data recovery software and then follow the steps to convert RAW to NTFS using cmd.

How to convert RAW to NTFS using command prompt?

As you may know, the reasons of RAW drive/partition could be varied, such as file directory corruption, virus infection, bad sector, etc. Command prompt is not always helpful in fixing RAW to NTFS as expected. For example, CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives. Besides, some command such as Diskpart is destructive to the files stored on the drive. So, use command to convert RAW to NTFS with caution.

Method 1: Fix/repair RAW partition/drive via chkdsk /f command

Chkdsk /f is a command line to check for bad sectors on the disk and recover any readable information. Though not always successful, it’s worth a try to convert RAW to NTFS without worrying about data loss.

Step 1: Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in a search bar.

Step 2: Right click cmd.exe and choose "Run as Administrator".

Step 3: Type "chkdsk /X /f the drive letter:" or "chkdsk the drive letter: /f " in the command window to repair RAW drive.

Method 2: Convert RAW to NTFS using Diskpart

This command line will delete all data stored on drive by force. Therefore, if you think that the data in this drive/partition is useless any more, what you long for is to fix RAW drive/partition, you can try the following way:

Step 1: Click Start and search "diskpart".

Step 2: Right click on "diskpart. exe" 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=ntfs quick" and press Enter.

Finally, you can type "exit" and press Enter to close the command prompt.

If you worry about important files saved on this drive/partition or think the methods above are so complicated, here is an easy way to convert RAW to NTFS. That is recovering data from RAW drive/partition with a free RAW drive data recovery software before formatting.

Method 3: Recover data from RAW partition/drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery - Recommended

As a free and easy-to-use RAW partition/drive data recovery software, iBoysoft Data Recovery is highly recommended to recover data from RAW partition, hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, CF card, memory card, Pen drive, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003. iBoysoft Data Recovery enables you to recover data from RAW drive/partition due to improper reformatting process, partition table corruption, damaged file system, etc.

In addition to RAW drive/partition data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery also performs very well in deleted files recovery, formatted drive data recovery, inaccessible drive data recovery, corrupted drive data recovery, uninitialized drive data recovery and deleted or lost partition data recovery, no matter which are FAT32, NTFS and exFAT.

3 simple steps to recover data from RAW partition/drive

Step 1: Free download & install iBoysoft Data Recovery and then launch it.

Step 2: Select the RAW drive/partition and click "Next".

Step 3: Choose files you want and then click "Recover" button to get them back.

Recover data from RAW drive

After recovering data from RAW partition/drive, you can format the RAW drive/partition to NTFS using cmd following Method 2.

Read more: What is RAW file system?

A RAW file system means that the drive/partition is in a state in which no file system has attached to it. Thus, Windows operating system cannot read or write to the drive/partition. You cannot access the data stored on the drive/partition or store files on it, neither. To solve this problem, you need to convert RAW to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT using CMD or Disk Management.

About Windows command prompt

Windows command prompt (also known as cmd.exe or cmd) is a command line interpreter application available in most Windows operating systems. It is a powerful system tool in Windows that most of those commands are used to automate tasks via scripts and batch files, perform advanced administrative functions, and troubleshoot and solve certain kinds of Windows issues. Also, you can convert RAW to NTFS using Windows command prompt without losing data.

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