Can TestDisk convert RAW to NTFS, fix RAW partition?

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery on December 13th, 2017

An NTFS partition on one of my hard drives (data only, not bootable) got corrupted somehow, and my system (Win7 x64) can't mount it anymore. The Disk Management tool displays it as RAW. When I ran TestDisk, and it was able to correctly identify the partition as NTFS. I was able to look and confirm that the files were still there as well. After rewriting the partition table and rebooting, though, nothing changed. Windows still considers the partition to be RAW, and I can't access the data on it. Is it possible to convert RAW to NTFS using TestDisk without data loss? If not, is there any alternative to TestDisk RAW to NTFS software solutions that I can fix and recover files from RAW partitions?

Can TestDisk convert RAW to NTFS without data loss?

Yes, TestDisk can convert RAW to NTFS without data loss. Because when a partition becomes RAW, it means that the partition table or the boot sector is corrupted and the data is still on the partition. TestDisk can help to rebuilt hard disk bootable sector and recover RAW partition.

What is the best way to convert RAW to NTFS?

However, because of its tricky DOS-like command prompt interface, TestDisk could be the best choice for advanced users who understand the process and possible aftermath. For average users, using TestDisk to fix RAW partition by converting RAW to NTFS is difficult and possible to go wrong.

Thus, the easiest way to convert RAW to NTFS without data loss is to recover lost data from RAW partition with a free RAW partition data recovery software, and then perform formatting.

Best free TestDisk Alternative to recover lost data from RAW partition

iBoysoft Data Recovery is a free and professional RAW partition data recovery software that performs very well in RAW partition data recovery, RAW file system data recovery, RAW hard drive data recovery, RAW external HDD data recovery, RAW USB flash drive data recovery, RAW SD card data recovery, RAW memory card data recovery, etc.

With this all-in-one data recovery software, we can also recover deleted photos even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover lost data from formatted drive, inaccessible drive, unreadable drive, corrupted drive, deleted/lost partition, etc. no matter which are FAT32, NTFS and exFAT. It fully supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Guidance to recover lost data from RAW partition

Step 1. Free download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Step 2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, choose the RAW partition and click "Next".

Step 3. Select needed files, and then click "Recover".

Free RAW partition data recovery software: iBoysoft Data Recovery

After successfully retrieving data from RAW partition, we can fix RAW partition by formatting. The drive can be formatted by right click to choose "Format" or go to Disk Management. If both the two methods failed, we can seek help from any third-party format tool.

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