How to Convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 7/8/10

Every partition on our hard drive normally makes use of some sort of filing system so that the data might become presentable and accessible. Fat 32 and NTFS are the most commonly used file systems in this regard. However, due to certain avoidable and unavoidable reasons, the hard drive partitions become RAW and the data becomes inaccessible. This whole experience is known to be more common for removable storage media devices such as external hard drives, SD cards, USB flash drives, memory cards etc. but it may also happen for your internal hard drive as well.

Part 1: Why need to convert RAW to NTFS?

In case a local drive gets damaged in some way and happens to lose its original partitioning systems, different types of error messages start propagating whenever we try to access a certain local drive. This is due to the fact that the partition becomes inaccessible since the computer is unable to read the contents. Some of the most common error messages in this regard are listed below.

Part 2: How to Convert RAW to NTFS without Formatting

When it comes to the conversion of a raw partition into NTFS, there are two major options. We can either format the drive and convert it back into NTFS but this ends up in loss of all our data. On the other hand, we may do it without having to format our local drive in the first place. In order to do so, we may choose one of the following methods:

Method1: Convert RAW to NTFS file system with CMD

The first option is to make use of the built-in disk management utility provided by the windows. In order to do so, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. First of all, make a right click on ‘My computer’ and hit the button saying ‘Manage’.
  2. Go to ‘Computer Management’.
  3. Make a click on ‘Disk Management.
  4. Look up the raw local drive that you are willing to fix. Mark it as an active device.
  5. Make a right click on the drive, in order to visit its properties.
  6. Go to Security, Advanced, Owner, Edit, Other users or groups, Advanced, Find Now. Then choose the user listed first and hit the OK button.
  7. Reboot the system and try accessing the raw drive. It would be accessible now.

Method2: Run Disk Management to convert RAW to NTFS

In order to carry out the conversion of a raw partition into NTFS, follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open the command prompt by using the run command. Make sure to open it up as administrator.
  2. Type in the following command and press the enter key: diskpart.
  3. Type X: /FS :NTFS followed by the enter key. (X being the drive letter).

This would transform the raw drive into the NTFS system. Your data would become accessible now

Method3: Change RAW file system to NTFS by using System Recovery option

  1. Open up the system recovery options on your computer.
  2. Choose the ‘Startup Repair’ option among the list of other choices.
  3. Go to ‘Recovery Options’.
  4. Now attach any kind of removable storage media to the usb port of your system.
  5. Open up the command prompt and launch notepad by typing in: notepad.
  6. Locate the raw drive .
  7. In case you cannot access your raw drive, copy all your backup files and paste them to the external drive.
  8. Now terminate the command prompt.
  9. Open it again and type in the following command followed by the enter key: chkdsk /f/r

This would convert the raw drive partition into NTFS and you would be able to get access to all of your data easily.

In the light of the arguments discussed in the above sections, it may be concluded that that being a windows user, we are bound to come across the raw issue every now and then. Luckily, when it comes to that, there are several options to take care of the issue. You may either format the drive and recover all your data using a data recovery tool or you may use a few other options to do so without having to format the drive at all.

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