Easy Way to Convert RAW Partition to NTFS Without Data Loss

Updated on April 14, 2022

The computer displays error messages while you access data from a drive that has turned RAW. Converting RAW to NTFS helps you access the drive and its files. However, data loss is a possibility during this conversion process. Therefore, it is always advised to recover the drive before converting RAW to NTFS. Recovering data from RAW drive can be done effortlessly with SFWare Partition Recovery software. Get the advantage of recovering more than three hundred file formats by using the software. Download and try the software for free now.

External storage drives such as SD card, USB drive, and external hard drive are used across various devices. This makes the drive exposed to frequent changes in the file system and eventually turning the USB RAW. The files present on the drive can be accessed, but you need to convert RAW to NTFS to access the files on drive. Stick till the end of the article to safely convert RAW to NTFS without losing data.

What is a RAW Drive and Why to Convert It to NTFS?

A RAW drive is a storage drive that does not have a file system. Reading or writing data is impossible without a file system because, file information such as date modified, size of the file and saved location are retained by the file system. Hence, accessing data from hard drive is undoable without a file system. How to recover data from hard drive with no file system? Data from RAW hard drive can be safely recovered and accessed by using a data recovery software. One other way to access data from RAW hard drive is to convert RAW to NTFS.

As mentioned earlier RAW drive is inaccessible. To access data from the RAW drive, the drive must be reformatted. We all know any solution that involves formatting or re-formatting tends to erase data from the existing drive. It is always good to keep the back up of data or recover data before reformatting to NTFS using any of the mentioned methods in next section.

SFWare Partition Recovery Software with its prominent feature scans the drive’s each sector to recover data from the RAW drive. be it of any file formats including images (JPEG, PNG), documents (Words, Excel, PPT etc), any file formats, the tool is capable of recovering more than 300+ file types without causing any damage to your original files. Download the software now and access your data from RAW drive before converting it to NTFS.

1) How to Convert RAW drive to NTFS without Losing Data?

The possible ways to convert RAW to NTFS are by utilizing Disk Management, Command Prompt or by formatting the drive with NTFS. By adhering to the end of this information you will be able to successfully convert RAW to NTFS without losing any data. It is recommended to convert to NTFS because, NTFS partition recovery is not as complicated as RAW drive.

Convert RAW to NTFS using Disk Management?

This solution will help you resolve the issue, but if you are not able to convert RAW to NTFS try the solution mentioned below

Convert RAW to NTFS file system with Command Prompt

If you are not able to convert RAW to NTFS after trying the above-mentioned solutions, the last option would be to format the drive. However, formatting the drive would erase all the files present in the storage drive. Hence, you need to recover data from RAW partition or drive before formatting.

How do I recover data from RAW drive before formatting?

The most secure way of recovering data from RAW drive before formatting is by utilizing data recovery software. You might find plenty of solutions online to recover data, but not all solutions are tried and tested when it comes to data recovery. Therefore, always use a trusted partition recovery software to recover data.

SFWare Partition Recovery Software is a Specialized tool to recover data from RAW storage drive. Be it corrupted or formatted storage drive, the software’s deep scan engine is highly capable of recovering data from the drive safely. The tool supports recovery from various brands of storage drives such as Kingston, Seagate, Western Digital, SanDisk and many more. Download and try the software for free now.

Steps to Recover RAW drive data before converting it to NTFS

To recover data from RAW drive, download the SFWare Partition Recovery software and follow the steps. In case of a portable drive, connect the drive to the computer before recovering data.

On the main screen, click on Formatted/Reformatted Recovery. Select the drive from which the data has to be recovered and click on Scan to start the scanning process. After completion of the scanning process, the recovered data will be presented in File Type View and Data View. Browse both tabs to find the recovered data. Select the recovered file, and click on the Preview option to validate the file. Finally, click on Save to and choose the location where you want to save the file.

With the help of the software, you can easily recover deleted FAT or NTFS partition data too.

2) Re-format the RAW Drive to Convert it to NTFS

Convert RAW to NTFS by following the below instructions:


Storage devices can fail at any time, during such situations the data loss in the drive is possible. If the conversion of the file system is necessary to use the storage drive, then the above-mentioned steps are helpful to convert RAW to NTFS without losing the data. In case formatting is the only option you have left with, then always make use of the SFWare Partition Recovery Software to safely retrieve the files before formatting.