Last updated on 17/01/2017
Change your hard disk usb drive raw to its former file format like NTFS or FAT32 without formatting or losing data? Many people complain about disk error like RAW drive error on a Seagate hard drive, which disables them to access files stored on the disk. It might be the most annoying experience to run into Seagate disk drive RAW drive error, but this is a quite common problem for all hard disk drive users. Is there a way with which you are able to convert the Seagate disk drive from RAW to NTFS or RAW to FAT32 without losing any data? The answer is positive.
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If you don’t want to lose any data but you also want to convert the RAW disk drive to NTFS or FAT32, the first thing you should do is to retrieve data from the RAW Seagate disk drive. When referring to data recovery for seagate disk, a data recovery program is always needed. You may run iCare Data Recovery to perform data recovery because this is a useful and reliable data recovery tool, which is quite popular among different kinds of PC users. This software can help with data recovery when Seagate disk drive shows RAW drive error, not formatted error and other disk errors.
Step1. Free download, install and run iCare Data Recovery to start data recovery.
Step2. Choose the Seagate disk drive that shows RAW file system, and then the software will begin to scan. You can wait during the scanning.
Step3. You are able to preview the found files after scanning. Then, you just need to choose the files you need and save them to a different partition.
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There are two possible cases that you may want to change the seagate file system raw to ntfs fat32:
One: the file system is damaged and reports raw, it alters you "Format the disk before you use it", the trueth is that you already formatted it before using it and you have used it to store data a long time ago. Why it warns your to format it twice? It is because the file system sector is damaged like virus attack or other software malfunction.
Two: it is the first time that you use your disk, then just format it with the format operation of Windows.
1. You cannot recover data by converting the Seagate disk drive from RAW to NTFS or FAT32, so you had better not format the RAW disk drive before all files can be restored. Many people believe that they can get back lost files as long as they are able to convert the RAW disk drive back to NTFS or FAT32. However, the truth is that you need to rely on data recovery software to restore the lost files. If you want to convert the RAW disk drive to NTFS or FAT32, you can format the disk drive after data recovery.
2. You should not save the recovered files to the original disk drive that shows RAW file system, instead, you can store those recovered files to any other partition or storage device.
When files have been restored successfully, you may still want to format the RAW Seagate disk drive to change its file system to NTFS or FAT32. However, you might run into another problem since you receive the message like "Windows was unable to complete the format". It is not a strange thing to receive such kind of message because probably your Seagate hard disk drive has some problems such as bad sectors or virus infection when it shows RAW file system. In this situation, you had better make it clear the reason why your Seagate disk drive shows RAW file system. You can also try to run anti-virus software to scan if the hard disk is attacked by virus and run Windows built-in error-checking tool to repair bad sectors.
You are wonderring if there is any way to change Seagate portable hard drive RAW to NTFS or FAT32 without formatting since it cannot be formatted? If you format a Seagate USB hard drive that has a large capacity, it usually takes a long time to complete the format, especially when the portable HDD has bad sectors. Therefore, youhad better wait patiently before PC reprots the disk drive cannot be formatted. In addition, if it is a large external hard drive, you had better format it to NTFS file system for a better performace. Are you looking for a way to change RAW to NTFS without formatting? Or you may be able to convert RAW to FAT32 without formatting.
RAW, NTFS and FAT32 are file system on Windows OS. However, only FAT32 and NTFS file system can be recognized by Windows operating system. When a disk drive has RAW file system, the space of this drive might become 0byte. Windows system will mark the disk drive as unformatted disk, so it often asks you to format the disk drive before you can use it. NTFS and FAT32 file system have different features and advantages. You are able to access a NTFS disk drive or FAT32 disk drive normally on Windows OS.
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