How to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss?

Posted by Juno to Data Recovery on June 19th, 2017

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 drive/partition to NTFS without data loss? I really need the data inside that partition.

Just like the case above, whenever a drive becomes RAW, you will get error messages such as "The drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?", the file system shows as RAW or unknown, the capacity shows 0 bytes, etc. The worst thing is that you will be prevented from accessing files stored on it.

But, do not format RAW to NTFS directly otherwise you'll lose all data on the drive. Keep reading to convert RAW drive to NTFS without data loss by using free RAW data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery in two steps.

How to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss in two steps?

To avoid unexpected and unnecessary data loss, the most important thing is to recover data from RAW drive before converting RAW drive to NTFS.

When comes to data recovery from RAW drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery is one of the most reliable and free RAW drive data recovery software that is able to recover data from RAW external hard drive, RAW SD card, RAW USB flash drive, RAW memory card, etc. for Windows 10/8/7.

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.

Convert RAW to NTFS without data loss

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.

What's more, iBoysoft Data Recovery is one of the few non-destructive data recovery software which is read-only and won't write any data to the RAW drive. With it, you can be sure your data on the RAW drive will be got back to the largest extent. Besides recovering data from RAW drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from corrupted, inaccessible, unreadable, deleted partitions and drives without data loss.

Step 2: Convert RAW drive to NTFS by formatting

After successfully recovering data from RAW drive, you can format RAW drive to NTFS without worrying about data loss.

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.

So easy? Now download iBoysoft Data Recovery and start to converting RAW to NTFS or convert RAW to FAT32 without losing data.

Read more: Why convert RAW drive to NTFS without data loss?

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 fix RAW drive and make the files accessible, 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 it would be much better to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss by using iBoysoft Data Recovery.

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