Hi, have you ever encountered the problem wherein the file system of your Windows hard drive turned into RAW? If you have experienced this issue, then don’t be panic. This article will offer few effective methods to recover RAW partition and convert RAW partition into NTFS in Windows 10.
What is RAW file system?
Generally speaking, RAW refers to the file system that is not formatted with FAT or NTFS file system. RAW file system is a stage wherein the operating system fail to recognize the file system, due to which the files stored in the RAW partition will be lost. NTFS or FAT formatted partition usually turns into RAW due to severe virus infection on the drive, formation of excessive bad sectors on the drive, interruption while formatting, improper formatting, repartitioning, operating system reinstallation, partition table damage, MBR corruption, Etc. If your hard drive partition was formatted with FAT or NTFS file system before turning into RAW, then the files and folders store din that partition can’t be accessed anymore. Now, how to recover data from RAW partition, and how to convert RAW partition to NTFS? Continue reading further…
Recovering data from RAW partition:
The easiest way of performing RAW file system recovery is by utilizing RAW Partition Recovery software on all Windows PCs. RAW Partition Recovery software recovers more than 300 types of files from RAW drive in few easy steps. The demo version of the software is available for free download, straightaway download, install and run the software on your computer to recover and preview the recovered file from RAW partition. After previewing the recovered files, if you are satisfied with the tool, activate the complete edition and save the recovered files at your desired location. Now, you have recovered all your files from RAW partition, but how to convert RAW partition back to NTFS now?
Converting RAW drive to NTFS:
Download the free MiniTool Partition Wizard on your Windows PC, and then follow the steps mentioned below to convert the RAW partition to NTFS.
Step 1: Launch the installed MiniTool Partition Wizard on your computer, and go to its main interface. Then, right-click on your RAW partition to select “Partition Recovery” feature in Windows 7/8/10. You can even select the target disk and click “Partition Recovery” from “Check Disk” drop-down menu.
Step 2: Now, choose the scanning range. MiniTool Partition Wizard offers three scanning range settings.
- Full Disk: This mode is suitable for scanning the entire disk.
- Unallocated Space: It only scans the free space on your selected disk.
- Specified Range: It scans the specified sectors.
Then, click on “Next” button to continue.
Step 3: Now, set the scanning method for the specified scanning range. “Quick Scan” and “Full Scan” are the two scanning methods. Between them, the former can restore lost/deleted partitions which are continuous and the latter is designed to scan each sector of the scanning range you have chosen.
Step 4: After the completion of scanning, all the partitions on your hard drive will be listed here and then please select the partitions you need.
Take the first partition as example. When double clicking on this partition, which is in RAW file system in Disk Management, and then all partition data will be displayed. Please check whether the files are your needs.
Step 5: Now, click “Finish” to go back to the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard. Here you can preview all the RAW partitions will be converted to NTFS. Finally, hit “Apply” button to perform RAW partition recovery operation in Windows 7/8/10.
Alternative solutions: Formatting the RAW partition in Disk Management, Formatting the RAW drive in Windows Explorer are the alternative solutions to convert RAW drive into NTFS.