Is it Possible to Convert USB Hard Drive RAW to NTFS without Formatting

Summary: this article introduces ways to repair raw file system on hard disk, programs to recover inside data, and method to format raw disk to ntfs with converter.

Last updated on 5/10/2018

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"My external usb drive suddenly turned to raw file system, and Windows reports you need to format the raw disk before you can use it. Is there any tool that can repair the raw disk? I need to change the raw disk to ntfs and make it work again."

Some users may encounter this problem if their disk was not used properly like unsafe removal, virus attack, or became corrupted all of sudden that made their file

Repair raw external disk with CMD command prompt

First of all, we would recommend you try some free mothod or free tool provided by Windows to repair the raw disk. Here are the steps:

  • find the property of your removable drive by right clicking it
  • find 'Tool' in the property window
  • use built in tool 'Error-checking' and select repair file system if it needs you to make a selection

See how it works in the following photo

repair file system

Software to Recover RAW Disk Data

How to access data on raw external disk without formatting?

Answer: Free download raw external drive file recovery software iCare Data Recovery Pro which is able to let you access the inside data on raw disk.

Steps to Recover RAW File System USB Hard Drive/Disk Data with iCare Recovery Pro

Before convertting/formatting raw to ntfs file system, you are supposed to recover raw file system hard drive files with iCare Data Recovery Pro as below:

Step1. Free download data recovery tool and run it well on your PC.

download data recovery softwareFree iCare to repair your raw disk

Step2. Select a Recovery modes when it comes to Scan Mode Window.

select recovery

Step3. Preview and recover desired raw format usb hard drive files after scanning.

recover files

Please Note: Save the retrieved data to another external drive or device.

==>Also read more raw to ntfs converting/formatting tools here: raw to ntfs converter

==>And also go visit this page to format raw to ntfs using cmd/diskpart

No matter whether you have to format usb hard drive/flash drive/sd raw to ntfs, stop using this storage device to avoid permanent data loss and then download raw file system recovery programs to recover lost files.

Download the free raw file system recovery utility now to rescue inaccessible data, like pictures, music, videos, games and files back with success.


Tutorial to Format USB/Removable HD RAW to NTFS

When removable HDD becomes raw, without worrying about files left inside, you can always easily free download hard drive converting/formatting tools to convert external drive file system from raw to ntfs in Windows 7/8/10 PC like this:

Step1. Free download disk converter/formatter over the internet safely.

Step2. Install and launch software well on your PC.

Step3. Select the desired NTFS file system type and start the converting/formatting process.

Please Note: Always carefully choose the target file system type in advance so that you can smoothly restore the functional use of your NTFS external drive.

==>You can also convert/format file system from raw to fat32

Seagate/WD/Samsung NTFS HD in RAW Format

Seagate/wd/Samsung/Dell/Sony NTFS HD is in raw format and cannot be accessed now? No worry! No matter which brand your hard drive is, you can still rely iCare recovery software to retrieve data from raw not formatted external hard drive, since iCare Data Recovery Pro supports nearly all hard drive brands.

My External/USB Hard Drive Won’t Format

While you are trying to quick/fully format external/usb hard drive with raw file system error, computer just warns "Windows was unable to complete the format" and your hard drive just won’t format? No panic! Go check whether it is password protected. If not, also go try to perform a formatting process there with the help of CMD/Diskpart/disk format software.   

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