Convert raw filesystem to ntfs without losing data on Seagate Hard Disk

Are you still in panic when encountering RAW file system on your Seagate external hard drive? Are you trying to format a RAW Seagate external drive to NTFS or FAT32, but you are still worried about data stored on the external hard drive? Are you trying to look for a solution to convert RAW Seagate external drive to normal without formatting? If your answers are yes, you will get the methods to change RAW to NTFS after reading this article.

Firstly, Get Back Data from RAW Seagate External Hard Drive

Formatting is only a possible to method to repair RAW drive error on your Seagate drive, but no need to format the Seagate external hard drive in order to recover files from the RAW external drive. The solution for data recovery from a RAW Seagate external hard drive is to rely on data recovery tool. iCare Data Recovery is highly recommended to you because it is compatible with all kinds Seagate external drive for RAW drive error. This data recovery software also helps recover files when pen stick needs to be formatted.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Restore Files off RAW Seagate External

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Step1. You need to connect your Seagate external hard drive to a computer first of al. Then free download iCare Data Recovery.

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Step2. select your external hard drive, so the software will perform a scan on the selected drive for lost files. You can wait patiently in the scanning process.

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Step3. You can see different folders on the left side of the software after scanning. You may preview the found files and then recover them.

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Pay Attention: use iCare Data Recovery before Converting RAW to NTFS or FAT32

When a Seagate external hard drive has RAW file system, you usually need to do two things, which include recover data and convert RAW to FAT32 or NTFS. You are only allowed to recover data with iCare Data Recovery. However, to recover RAW to NTFS or FAT32, you need to search for other methods. Of course, formatting is the most common way to convert RAW to NTFS or FAT32 on a Seagate external hard drive, but it is not always the most useful method because Windows may tell you the format cannot be completed sometimes.

What Is RAW Drive

RAW drive, also known as RAW file system, it is a disk partition which has not been formatted by NTFS or FAT file system. The immediate cause for RAW file system is that the file system can not be recognized by Windows operating system. In this case, if you right click on the drive letter of the raw partition and choose format option, it will ask you to insert a disk in drive and try again. The properties of the partition are also shown as 0 bytes.

Difference between RAW Drive and Not Formatted Error

Well, if your Seagate external hard drive has not formatted error, its file system is probably shown as RAW. However, when your Seagate external drive shows RAW, Windows may not pop up disk not formatted error message. In addition to not formatted error message, you may also receive other similar message like:

No matter your Seagate external hard drive is only shown as RAW file system or it has not formatted error, you are recommended not to format the external hard drive before you repair deleted files off Seagate portable hard drive. When you save the recovered data, you should pay attention not to save them to the same Seagate external hard drive. Instead, you had better save the recovered files to the computer’s local disk partition or other storage device.

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Last updated on May 19, 2022

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