"I have am 8GB memory card (micro SD card) with more than 2GB data inside which has changed its file system from FAT32 to RAW. Inserting it to my digital camera or mobile phone, it says there is no valid storage media. Plugging it to my computer, system says that the memory card needs to be formatted before I can use it. The file system shows as RAW in My Computer and under Disk Management. Do I need to format the memory card in order to change file system of memory card from RAW to FAT32? If I format the memory card, will I lose the data stored on the card? Is there a way that I can fix the RAW drive error on my memory card without losing any data?"
RAW file system on memory card disables you to access files on the card? An 8GB memory card can hold lots of important data, so you may quite frustrated when an 8GB card turns to RAW file system. In fact, you can employ third-party memory card recovery software to extract files on the RAW card. The memory card recovery software works on all memory cards to help recover any kind of file when the card is inaccessible due to RAW file system. With this software, you can recover pictures, music, videos, documents, emails, etc from SD card, mini SD card, micro SD card, CF card, XD card, MMC from Toshiba, SanDisk, Transcend, PNY, Lexar, Kingston, Kingmax and more.
Simply, you can restore files from a RAW memory card within about 3 steps:
Step1. Connect the memory card to your computer. Download, install and run the memory card recovery software and then choose a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the memory card and let the software scan it for lost files. You only need to wait when the software is scanning.
Step3. You can preview the files after scanning. Then, you can select the files you need and save them.
If your memory card turns its file system to RAW, you must be familiar with unformatted error. Unformatted error, also called not formatted error, is an error message reported by Windows system when you try to access your memory card. Usually, the message is "disk drive is not formatted do you want to format it now" or "you need to format disk drive before you can use it". Windows pops up such kind of message to ask you to format the memory card so that you can convert its file system from RAW to FAT32. However, if you still want to get back files stored on the RAW memory card, you will doubt if you can restore those files after formatting. Truthfully, formatting can erase all files on the RAW card, so you will find nothing on the card even if you format it from RAW to FAT32.
Just like the user above, there are more than 2GB files on the memory card, but what you see is that system says the card has 0 byte space. What is wrong? Windows cannot recognize RAW file system, so it cannot show files stored on the RAW card normally. In such a situation, the space of your memory card may show 0 byte space. However, the fact is that all files still remain intact on the memory card. If you want to retrieve those files from the RAW memory card, you had better not format the card, especially you had better not write new data to the card.
When a memory card shows RAW file system, the memory card recovery software is helpful with data recovery from the RAW card, and then formatting provides the solution to convert memory card from RAW to FAT32. Memory card recovery software helps restore data from the card as long as it is not physically damaged and data is not overwritten.
It is necessary to format the 8GB memory card in order to convert its file system from RAW to FAT32. You can format the 8GB memory card in digital device like digital camera or mobile phone. Or you can also format it by connecting to your computer.
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A memory card will be physically damaged in some situations. For example, you cannot break a memory card into pieces. In addition, you should also protect a memory card from suffering fire damage or other similar damage.
Every new written file will occupy some space on the memory card. If the space which was used to store lost files has been occupied, the lost data will be overwritten. Therefore, the best way to avoid overwriting the original data is to stop writing any new data to the memory card before retrieving lost files. Besides, you had better not format the RAW memory card before data recovery. Although formatting will not overwrite the original data, formatting process will make it even more difficult for data recovery.
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