Blog Summary – If you are facing issues with the RAW drive, then you convert it to the NTFS system. The best way to convert RAW to NTFS without losing data is to use EaseUS Partition Manager.
If your computer’s hard drive or an external hard drive becomes RAW, the data on the drive is usually not accessible. This happens as the RAW drive does not have any file system for Windows. Due to which you might get error messages, suggesting you convert RAW to NTFS.
If you are facing the same error, to begin with, you must try to access the data first, if you can’t do that, you need to convert the RAW to NTFS.
Usually, the hard drive format is changed to RAW when it gets corrupted and Windows will instruct you to format the drive to make it accessible. Well, you can follow the on-screen instructions, only if you don’t care about the data on it. However, if that isn’t the case, you need to closely read and follow the instructions in this blog.
In this blog, we have mentioned a few methods along with a third-party tool- EaseUS Partition Manager which is a dedicated tool for disk partitions. Let’s get started.
How To Fix RAW Format Hard Drive?
First, we have listed some methods to fix drive corruption and file system errors. Although, if these fixes don’t work for you, you can always go to the next section and save your data using the EaseUS Data Recovery tool.
Method 1: Run Error Checking
- Press Windows and E together to open File Explorer.
- Locate the inaccessible drive and make a right-click.
- Choose Properties and click on Tools.
- Under Error Checking, click Check.
- Now click Scan Drive.
This will scan your drive for errors and repair it if possible. Once the process is complete, restart your computer and check if you can access your drive.
Note: If Windows fails to check your drive for errors, it will advise you to format it, please do not proceed as it will erase your data.
Method 2: Run CHKDSK command:
If the above method didn’t work for you, your next step would be checking the hard disk to analyze and diagnose errors. To do that, you must run the CHKDSK command. For that, follow these steps:
Step 1: Type CMD in the search bar in the Start Menu. Make a right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt tab, type the following command:
chkdsk /r /f S:
Note: S: is the drive with the RAW format.
Once the CHKDSK command is completed, you need to restart the computer and check if you can access the drive.
Well, the chances are the command might not work at all, even fail to execute. Well, don’t worry, you haven’t lost your data yet. You can use the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get your data back.
Recover Data From Inaccessible Drive –
First, we need to make a recovery from the RAW drive or partition using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It is another of the great tools from the EaseUS brand, which will help you to recover the data from the damaged, corrupted, and formatted drives. Here, we will use it to recover the data from the RAW drive. Follow the steps below-
Step 1: Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the download button given below-
Step 2: Complete the installation by running the setup file and then launch the application.
Step 3: Select the RAW drive and then click on Scan.
Step 4: The scan results will appear in the tool and you can preview the files. In the case of RAW drive, look for the scan files in the Other Lost Files section.
Step 5: Select all the files to recover and then click on the Recover button.
Step 6: Make sure you save the recovered files in another drive or disk partition to keep the data safe.
Now that you have recovered your data, you must proceed to convert RAW to NTFS to make your hard drive accessible again. You can either do it by using EaseUS Partition Manager or Windows default disk management tool. We have listed both of them for you.
Using EaseUS Partition Manager –
Every PC needs a partition manager such as EaseUS Partition Manager to fix system issues caused by the hard drive. This is an efficient software with plenty of modules to easily fix the issues on your computer. The disk partitions can be easily managed using EaseUS Partition Manager and you do not have to get into the fussy manual process on Windows PC. It can resize, create, move, delete,merge and format partitions to organize the hard disk for various reasons.
Here, we will use it to convert RAW to NTFS without losing data. Other methods extensively work in formatting the drive and with that data loss is possible. We have however recommended taking a complete data backup of your drive in case. Let’s follow the instructions to learn how to convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 10 using EaseUs Partition Manager –
Step 1: Download EaseUS Partition Manager from the download button given below –
Step 2: Install and run the application.
Step 3: Select the RAW partition on the tool and then right-click on it and select Format.
Step 4: Set a new partition and then select the file system to NTFS and then give a size to it.
Confirm the warning message and click on OK.
Step 5: Now go to the top bar and click on Execute Operation. Now under the Pending Operations select the action and click on Apply.
This is the process of how you can use EaseUS Partition Manager to convert the RAW to NTFS to fix the issues on your Windows PC.
Using Disk Management –
Disk Management is a built-in Windows tool to help you manage the disk partitions. Here we use it to convert the RAW to NTFS in Windows 10. Follow the steps below –
Step 1: Type Disk Management on the search bar in the Start Menu and open Create and format hard disk options.
Step 2: Now select the drive and right-click on it, select the option of Format.
Step 3: Set a new volume and set the File system to NTFS and then mark Perform a quick format. Click on Ok.
So, in this way you can save your data and convert RAW to NTFS format to make your hard drive reusable.
Frequently Asked Questions –
Q1. How to convert raw to NTFS file system without losing data?
If your RAW drive is inaccessible it is better to convert it to another file system. There are several methods to convert RAW to an NTFS file system without losing data. In Windows 10, the inbuilt Disk Management tool can be used but we suggest using EaseUS Partition Manager to simplify the task for you.
Q2. How to convert raw to NTFS with EaseUS Partition Master?
EaseUS Partition Manager is a partition management tool for Windows PC. With the dedicated modules on the software, it is possible to convert the files system on drive quickly. The users can easily choose to convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 10.
Q3. Is there a way to format a raw disk?
Yes, you can easily format a RAW disk using the Disk Management tool. But that will also result in data loss. Therefore, we recommend using the EaseUS Partition Manager to sort the problem and convert the RAW drive to an NTFS drive.
When you are not able to access your drive due to a system error, you can convert the file system rather than formatting the drive. EaseUs Partition Manager will help you convert RAW to NTFS easily using its dedicated module. It comes as the simplest way to access the drive data after conversion.
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