How to convert raw to unformatted ntfs with cmd

Why do I need to convert RAW to NTFS?

When the hard disk partition, external hard disk, USB or SD card is converted to RAW format, users will not be able to access the data stored on these devices.

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For the most part, users have to format RAW to NTFS so that the devices are reusable.

However, formatting is going to cause a serious data loss problem, it means eliminating the data on those storage devices.

If there is any method that can help convert RAW to NTFS without losing data or formatting the storage device, that would be perfect.

How to convert RAW to NTFS without losing data?

Step 1. Recover data from RAW storage device

To avoid unexpected data loss problems by converting RAW to NTFS, it is highly recommended to recover data from the RAW storage device first to avoid loss of important data.

EaseUS data recovery software can help solve this problem, it is capable of recovering data from devices in RAW format.

All you need to do is simply download it and follow the steps in the tutorial below to recover data from your RAW drive, USB or SD card now:

Connect the /USB/SD RAW hard disk to the computer; run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the location of the RAW device and click Scan.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the raw disk where you have lost data and click on the “Scan” button.

Step 2. First you will do a quick scan to find the deleted files, once finished, you will start another deep scan automatically to look for more lost files that lose their name or path. The time it will take depends on the capacity of the hard drive.

Step 3. When the scan is finished, you can first check the RAW Files option to find what you want.

You can preview the found files by clicking on them, then mark the files you want to recover and click “Recover” to recover them once.

Please note that you must choose a location other than the original to avoid the risk of overwriting data.

Step 2. Convert RAW to NTFS without formatting

Here are three options for converting RAW to NTFS without formatting, and you can choose an option to switch your device from RAW to NTFS at this time:

Method 1. Run Disk Management to convert RAW to NTFS

  • Right-click This PC/My Computer > Manage;
  • Open Computer Management and click Disk Management;
  • Find your RAW device and right click on it, mark the RAW device as Active;
  • Right-click the RAW device and go to Properties;
  • Click Security > Advanced > Owner > Edit > Other users or groups > Advanced > Search Now > Select the first user in the list and click OK.

After this, restart your PC and then the RAW device will convert to NTFS and you will also be able to access the data again.

Method 2. Switch from RAW to NTFS file system with CMD
  • Click Start, then type cmd, and then press Enter.
  • Right-click cmd and then select Run as administrator.
  • Type Diskpart and then press Enter.
  • Type H: /FS :NTFS and press Enter; (H will be the drive letter of your RAW storage device).

Now your RAW device will be switched to NTFS and the data stored on it can be used again.

Method 3. Switch RAW to NTFS using System Recovery Options

If you can access the RAW device using the command prompt, back up the files to the drive by following the steps below:

  • Open System Recovery Options: Contains several tools for recovering Windows such as Startup Repair.
  • Choose Start Repair.
  • Then go to the Recovery Options, follow the steps below.
  • Connect any external storage device to the system, such as USB.
  • Open the command prompt, type Notepad, and then press Enter.
  • Locate the D drive (RAW drive).
  • If you can access the drive, copy the files you want to back up and paste those files onto the external drive.
  • Close the cmd.

Open the command prompt, type chkdsk /f/r, and then press Enter.

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