Hard disk became RAW - how to convert/format raw hard drive to ntfs/fat32

questionQuestion: Is there any tool that could fix my Western Digital hard disk drive that had changed from NTFS to RAW? I connected my external USB to the IDE port and started downloading some files, however the hard disk stopped responding and I had performed a hard restart, and then my hdd showed RAW and reported disk is not formatted, do you want to format it now. However when I clicked to format it, system said it cannot be formatted.

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answerSolution: Try iCare Recovery Pro at first and then use cmd command promot

Notice: Most raw disk symptom are caused since damages brought by virus or unknown reason that took partition table damaged even with external or USB or portable devices like pen drive, flash memory etc. The best method is to use iCare Recovery Pro at first and then later cmd command line to fix the raw error.

Part 1: Fix raw drive data with iCare Pro for free

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Download iCare Recovery Pro for HDD raw drive recovery. Connect your hdd as external device to a Windows system and then select "Deep Scan Recovery" to start fixing the raw disk.

Step 1: connect your raw disk to PC and run iCare Pro, select 'Deep Scan Recovery' or 'RAW Drive Recovery' to start fixing the raw disk.

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Step 2: Wait for raw disk scanning to be finished.

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Step3. Prepare a new disk to save files from raw disk onto another disk.

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Part 2: Convert/format raw hard disk to ntfs/fat32

There is no way for converting without formatting! Formatting raw disk will be totally safe since data have been rescued onto another disk by the PART 1.

Here are the command prompt to fix the raw disk error after using iCare Pro.

Step1: Run CMD.

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Step2: Type“format X: /fs:ntfs”(X is the drive letter of your raw hard drive)

You can also convert raw file system to FAT32, just change “ntfs” into “fat32” in the command line.

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Then you can convert hard disk raw to NTFS or FAT32 without data loss.

If you still do not know how to convert raw hard drive to ntfs or fat32 with cmd that shows above, just go to this free disk format tool and download one of freeware there for the converting for totally free of charge. Or watch the following video to learn how to use cmd to convert raw drive to ntfs or fat32 file system.

Video Tutorial: fix hard disk raw error

Fix Hard Drive RAW Error - Convert RAW to NTFS / FAT32

Hard drive for a Windows computer should be formatted to NTFS or FAT32 file system because all Windows OS only support NTFS and FAT32 file system. Generally speaking, you can format a RAW disk to NTFS or FAT32 in My Computer or Disk Management. You can run diskpart to format a RAW hard drive to convert its file system to FAT32 or NTFS.

iCare Data Recovery is dedicated in data recovery. Whenever your hard disk encounters raw, you won't be able to access your files but recovery tools like iCare Data Recovery is able to get you there. If you care about your data, you should use iCare to restore your files at first, and then use TestDisk to restore partition table since TestDisk does not provide data safety but just restore your partition table. There might be great chance that your data would be corrupted if you just use Testdisk to fix the partition table error. So we recommend you restore files at first.

CHKDSK Is Not a Recognized Command for RAW Drive

You can run CHKDSK in My Computer or from Command Prompt to scan and fix errors or bad sectors on any hard drive such as Seagate, WD, Samsung, Kingston, etc. CHKDSK not recognized for RAW drives is a problem that disables you to repair any error on RAW hard disk drive.

Hard Drive RAW Problem on Windows 7/8/10

When a hard drive changes to RAW on Windows XP, PC would report error message disk in drive is not formatted do you want to format it now if you double clicking the RAW drive. If a hard drive turns to RAW file system on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, PC usually says you need to format disk in drive before you can use it when you click the RAW drive.

Hard Disk RAW Seagate WD Samsung Kingston

When saying hard disk drive, Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, Kingston, Toshiba, etc are world famous. Seagate hard drive is the world's first largest hard drive manufacturer.

When any brand of hard drive turns to RAW, first of all please recover data and then you may format the disk.

==>> For more methods to repair the problem without formatting, please visit this article - RAW drive fix>>


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