My 2TB external hard drive has suddenly become a RAW format and is entirely inaccessible. I need to convert it back to NTFS file system without losing any of the data that's on it. Is there any RAW to NTFS converter or RAW to NTFS format tool that can help?
NTFS is a standard file system which was invented by Microsoft Corporation for Windows Operating System. Due to the popularity of Windows Operating System, NTFS is widely used on hard drive, external hard drive and many other storage devices, bringing great convenience to Windows users. But sometimes, your NTFS drive may get damaged and becomes RAW due to virus attack, damaged file system, sudden power outage, accidental shut down, unsafe ejection or other improper operations.
Unlike NTFS file system, RAW file system is not a useable file system but refers to the state when a drive has lost its file system or the Operating System can't recognize its file system. File system plays an indispensable role when the Operating System needs to read data from a drive or write data to it. Without it, a drive is not accessible or usable any more. The most common way to solve RAW file system problem is to seek help from a RAW to NTFS converter & format tool. But if you directly use RAW to NTFS converter & format tool before recovering data from RAW drive, you will lose data stored on it.
RAW to NTFS converter & format tool to convert RAW drive to NTFS
For users who have useful data on the RAW drive and those who doesn't have, this passage offers two different solutions:
Solution 1: If you have useful data on the RAW drive: perform data recovery before using RAW to NTFS converter & format tool
If you have any data on the RAW drive that you don't want to lose, what you should do is recover data from RAW drive before using RAW to NTFS converter & format tool. For a RAW drive which doesn't have hardware problem, the best data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery can help you to get lost data back.
iBoysoft Data Recovery is a professional & free data recovery software that can recover data from RAW hard drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW USB flash drive, RAW SD card, RAW memory card, formatted, corrupted, inaccessible hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.
Follow the steps below to recover data from RAW drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery:
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on the PC.
Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, and select the RAW drive.
Step 3: Click "Next" to start scanning for all lost files on the RAW drive.
Step 4: Preview the scanning results, choose those you want, and click "Recover" button to restore files.
Step 5: Check to ensure all lost data has been successfully restored.
After all lost data has been recovered, you can use RAW to NTFS converter & format tool as the following tutorial without worrying about losing data.
Solution 2: If you doesn't have any useful data on the RAW drive: directly use RAW to NTFS converter & format tool
Step 1: Go to This PC, My Computer or Disk Management, find the RAW drive.
Step 2: Right-click the RAW drive to choose "Format".
Step 3: Set up file system as NTFS and assign a volume label to it.
Step 4: Click "Start" and the format operation will finish quickly.
If you want to convert RAW drive to FAT32, please refer to how to convert RAW to FAT32 without data loss.
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