What can we do when hard drive became raw or usb external drive changed from fat32 to raw unrecognized file system? How to convert/format hard drive from raw to fat32 in Windows 7/8/10 without formatting/losing data when hard disk suddenly becomes into raw that has no file system? Is it possible to convert/format raw to fat32 on external/internal hard drive without losing data? What to do when Windows cannot format external hard drive?
Question: Can I Convert/format hard drive raw to fat32 without data loss?
Answer: No. In order to change/convert file system of usb/internal hard drive from raw to fat32, formatting process often is needed. And you are also not able to convert/change raw hd to fat32 without data loss. Of course, use raw hard drive recovery tool, like iCare Data Recovery Pro, to rescue hard disk files back as you wish, if necessary.
Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to recover inaccessible videos, images, world documents and files from raw file system usb hd/thumb drive before any raw to ntfs converting/formatting.
Step 1: Download and install the raw external drive recovery software - iCare Recovery Pro
Step 2: Connect your raw disk to PC and select 'Deep Scan Recovery' in iCare
Step 3: Save data from raw disk onto another disk.
Formatting or converting raw hard drive no matter to fat32 or ntfs would change its structures and also bring data loss to your hard disk.
We do not recommend you convert the disk directly since there may be old important data inside of the disk.
Note of importance: formatting would erase everything on the hard disk. So, please do restore data from the inaccessible raw hard drive before the converting.
FAT32 is a most often used file system for lots of storage devices like usb flash drive, portable hard drive. When it was damaged by virus, system crash, power failure or unsafe removal... it would become raw and not readable by PC and warn a formatting is required under such circumstances.
Solution 1: Convert usb hard drive raw to fat32 with cmd
Open cmd by typing 'cmd' after Windows -> 'Find&Search' and a cmd window would pop up.
x can be replaced by the raw memory card that shows on your PC; ntfs/fat32/exfat are most common file system for a good memory card, usb disk etc. Here replace ntfs with fat32 in the following photo.
Solution 2: Convert hard drive raw to fat32 with disk management or format option by Windows.
Question: Windows was not able to complete format
What if Windows failed to format the device when it was badly damaged? Then you may need a usb format tool like HP USB FORMAT TOOL.
You may free download disk converter/formatter over the internet safely. Run the tool with administrator
==>If Windows was unable to complete the format on your PC, go get details to resolve such problems here => Windows was unable to complete the format external hard drive
==>If you want to convert/change/format usb/removable hard drive using cmd/diskpart/command prompt/line, also read more details here => Diskpart/command prompt to format usb hard drive
If your disk of Seagate/WD/Samsung/Dell/Sony usb/internal/portable hard drive also has not formatted error with raw file system issues, a hard drive file recovery should be make at first to take inaccessible drive files and folders back. And, then, format Samsung/WD/Seagate/Dell USB hard drive from raw to fat32 with the following steps:
Step 1: Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to get seagate disk data back
Step 2: Run the program and scan your raw seagate disk data and save found data onto another safe disk
Step 3: Run cmd to convert raw seagate disk fat32
No matter how your raw usb portable hard drive shows now, including dispaying as unformatted/0 bytes free space/unsupported file system, do not rush to format this storage device to avoid any further data loss.
Download external drive raw file system recovery software now to retrieve data on your Windows 7/8/10 laptops/desktop computers.
==>If you need convert/format hard drive raw to ntfs, go visit here => Change/convert raw to ntfs
TestDisk, with its companion software called PhotoRec is a dos-like data recovery program that is able to help users recover documents and files from portable/external hard disk with raw file system to fat32 converting issues. It does not help directly convert/format raw usb/removable hard drive from raw to fat32.
Computer removable hard drive cannot be accessed for not formatted error and chkdsk is not available for raw drives now? No worry! When internal/external hard drive turns into raw, CHKDSK often cannot work and will give such CHKDSK raw drive error message. Hence, go remove raw file system from hard drive to restore its functional use. So, also convert hd to fat32 after you do perform successful hard drive raw file system recovery process.
==>Go visit here to read more details of chkdsk raw drive problem => CHKDSK not available for raw drives
1). Convert is not available for raw drives
While running raw to fat32 converting tool on your PC, selecting the target fat32 file system and starting the conversion, software just says "convert is not available for raw drives"? OK! Perhaps, you have downloaded and applied a raw converting program that is not compatible with fat32 file system type. Go try another.
2).Could not schedule an automatic conversion of the drive
While trying to schedule an automatic conversion of the raw format USB/removable HDD, the converting utility just reports it could not schedule an automatic conversion of the drive? OK! It could be caused by locked/password protected external/internal hard drive issues, converting software bugs, and computer administrator account issues, etc. Go check it.