Last updated on 5/10/2018
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As you see the photo on the right side shows the property of a removable disk which has a raw file system and is in 0 bytes for its space while there are infact many many data inside of it.
What happened when a drive or memory card changed to raw file system?
File system is namely virutal file system generated by Windows that shows the property of many digital devices with different file storage capabilities. Usually there are fat32 for most usb flash drive, memory card used for mobile, digital cameras; while ntfs is developed later time for large file storage capability together with some other advanced benefits vs the former file system fat.
What changed the file system to raw?
There are many possible causes that leaded a normal working file system ntfs or fat32 to become raw, ie damaged file system.
Actually you dont have to use a cmd but Windows built in 'Error-Checking' to repair the raw problem. Here are the steps.
You may use diskpart or cmd to format file system to NTFS/fat32 with details tutorial here: diskpart to format
IMPORTANT NOTICE: YOUR DATA MAY RISK LOSING IF YOU FORMAT RAW TO NTFS DIRECLTY! You may access data from raw file system with iCare Data Recovery Pro.
How to restore raw usb hard drive, raw sd memory card to ntfs without losing data?
Answer: Recover the data inside of raw drive before you do the formatting!
iCare Data Recovery Pro is helpful for you to retrieve files from usb HDD/stick/micro sd memory card that turned/changed into raw file system.
Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to free recover pictures, movies, audios and files from hard drive/usb drive/sd memory card with raw file system error and fix/repair/remove such raw not formatted error problems.
Here is your data after scanning the raw device.
Wonder to perform raw file system to ntfs format or convert without formatting/losing files? No worry! With iCare Recovery that performed raw recovery smoothly in advance, you can straightly convert raw hard drive to ntfs formatting software/command lines/cmd/dispart.
==>Also learn more information to use diskpart to fix raw file system hard drive/memory card
==>Also go read more to convert raw file system to fat32
*Don’t know why you cannot format to ntfs with raw file system since Windows unable to complete format external drive?
*USB drive cannot be formatted from raw to ntfs since you want to extract/rescue photos, videos and files left inside?
*Flash drive is in raw file system and says it needs to be formatted. Just cannot format it in Windows PC?
No matter how and why you cannot format hdd/raid/usb drive/ssd/memory card in raw format, also try to recover raw files system hard drive/memory card data and format/convert it all with professional formatter/converter tools to take chances.