By Emily / Last Updated October 16, 2019

“How do I restore a RAW partition to NTFS?”

“Hello, I am having a Seagate external hard disk of capacity 4TB, with three partitions formatted to be NTFS previously. One week ago, one of the partitions suddenly turned into RAW format. While I cannot access any data stored in it. Or I cannot format the hard drive back to NTFS in Windows. So how do I restore this RAW partition to NTFS, or is there a professional RAW to NTFS converter I can use? Thanks!”

How RAW drive comes?

When a partition/hard drive becomes RAW format, which is not standard file system for OS, you will be unable to access data inside it. So you might wonder why that happens? Usually, there are four main reasons.

1. There are bad sectors in the key area of the hard drive.

2. Format the external drive unsuccessfully.

3. The partition table of the drive is corrupted due to virus and malware attack, or the MBR of this hard drive is damaged.

4. If the access permission to the partition is configured improperly, which is related to local security policies, the partition will be given RAW format too, so as to restrain your access.

How to convert RAW to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7?

To fix RAW drive, the most effective way should be formatting it to a recognized file system like NTFS, FAT32, etc. But you may encounter some errors when you format a RAW drive: “The format did not complete successfully” in Disk Management and “Windows was unable to complete the format” in File Explorer. In such case, you can try a professional RAW to NTFS converter, or use CMD to finish the conversion.

Method 1. Free download a RAW to NTFS converter

In order to save your time finding out the best converter among numerous choices, here we would like to recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is a free yet powerful RAW to NTFS converter for Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista. It enables you to format RAW drive to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, Ext2, Ext3 or Ext4 in simple steps.

Warning: since the process of formatting will delete everything on the RAW drive, it is advised to retrieve the data using certain data recovery software like Recoverit Pro and back up them in advance.

Step 1. Free download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant to enter its main interface. Right-click the RAW drive (it might show unformatted here) and select “Format Partition”.

Format RAW Partition

Step 2. In this window, select NTFS in the given file system list and click “OK”. You can also set partition label to or change cluster size of this partition if necessary.

Format RAW To NTFS

Step 3. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to perform the formatting process.

Apply

Method 2. Use CMD to convert RAW hard drive to NTFS

Apart from free download RAW to NTFS converter, Command Prompt is also a useful tool to convert RAW to NTFS, follow the steps.

Step 1. Click the Search box, input “command prompt”, right click Command Prompt among listed results and choose “Run as administrator”

Step 2. In Command Prompt window, input “diskpart” and press “Enter” to run Diskpart utility.

Step 3. Type the commands in sequence and hit “Enter” after each command.

  • list disk

  • select disk n:n refers to the disk number of the RAW drive

  • clean

  • create partition primary

  • format fs=ntfs quick

RAW To NTFS CMD

Attention:if you meet the error “The parameter is incorrect”, you can run “chkdsk g: /f /r /x ” command to check and fix disk errors.

CHKDSK Check Error

Although the RAW drive can be formatted to be NTFS successfully using CMD, it is a little bit complicated for users, especially the computer newbies, to operate. What’s worse, if you input the wrong disk number, you will lose important data.

Final words

As a great RAW to NTFS converter, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard makes formatting RAW drive to a recognizable file system as easy as possible. Moreover, it can also format corrupted or write protected USB flash drive/SD card/pen drive. For more advanced functions like recovering lost partitions, freely and easily extending system partition without data loss, migrating OS between GPT and MBR disks, etc, you can upgrade it to Professional edition.