Why Did My External HDD Flash Drive Go back to RAW

Question: Why did my external HDD hard drive go back to RAW file system from NTFS?

An external HDD, USB flash drive or memory card might turns to RAW format from NTFS or FAT32 in some situations.

"My 1.5TB external hard disk drive changes its file system from NTFS to RAW. When I try to open the external HDD, it asks me whether I would like to format the disk drive. What kind of thing can I do to fix RAW format error without formatting?"

"I bought a USB flash drive several days ago. When I connected it to my computer, Windows system recognized it as a removable disk with FAT32 file system. However, system recognizes the flash drive as a RAW device when I inserted it to the same computer today. Why did my flash drive go to RAW format and what can I do?"

"Why does a NTFS external hard drive turns to RAW file system? Is there any way to convert RAW to NTFS so that I can open the external HDD normally and get back lost files? Thanks for help!"

"I have no idea why my flash drive stops working normally on my computer. System reports an alert message saying disk drive is not formatted do you want to format it now and the flash drive’s file system converts to RAW. What is wrong with my flash drive? How can I read data from a RAW flash drive?"

External HDD Flash Drive Recovery When Go to RAW File System

You want to know the reason why your external hard drive or flash drive goes to RAW file system because you want to fix the problem with all data back? Even if you are not aware of the reasons for RAW drive error, you still have chance to recover lost data from your external HDD or flash drive. You just need to free download iCare Data Recovery, a read-only data recovery tool, to deep scan the RAW external hard drive or USB flash drive and rescue all inaccessible files. Follow the steps below to perform external HDD flash drive data recovery when it shows RAW:

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Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on your computer. Launch the software and choose a proper scan mode.

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Step2. Select the RAW drive and wait the software to scan it for lost files.

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Step3. You can preview lost files when scanning is completed and then save the files you need to recover.

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Do you still have any doubt why external HD flash drive changes to RAW? iCare Data Recovery helps recover mp3 files, mp4 files, audio files, images, office files, emails and more from all brands of external hard drives or flash drive when it changes to RAW file system.

==>> Related Article: Change RAW drive to FAT32

Convert RAW to NTFS CMD

When referring to converting RAW to NTFS, the most common methods is to format the external hard drive in My Computer or Disk Management. In fact, you can also run CMD to perform. Or you can run CHKDSK from CMD for RAW external HDD fix.

>> If CHKDSK is not available for RAW external fixing, please go to this page - CHKDSK for RAW drive error>>

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