CHKDSK command to check if disk really become RAW.

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Summary: RAW issue occurs very common, how to fix RAW to NTFS file system and how to recover data from RAW drives also are attracting more and more attention from computer’s users.

Scenario 1:" My hard drive has partitioned into 4 volumes: C: , D: , E: and H:. Recently E: volume suddenly changed from NTFS to RAW. I just see 0 bytes free and used space on it and can’t access it before formatting. Some important data in this driver, so I don’t want to format this volume unless the data can be restored. I would like to seek help to find out the solution to resolve this trouble."

How to fix RAW issues without data loss.

RAW issue is one of the most annoying issues on the computer, however is very common. Besides computers, it also may happen on others storage devices, such as hard disk, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card and more. Once hard drives or partitions become RAW, it means the storage devices can’t be used to store data, it is also not allowed to open data and file on them.

If your RAW disk adopted NTFS file system originally, you could convert RAW to NTFS to get access to the disk again. As Scenario 1 client complained, most of people experienced the trouble care about the data loss as much as fixing the issue. To solve the question satisfactorily , there are two things we need to do: recover data from RAW drive and fix RAW drive to NTFS or other file system.

Step1: Recover Data from RAW Drives.

Don’t format RAW drive before recovering data, even computer pops up "You need to format the disk in the drive before you can use it. Do you want to format it?", or you will lose data permanently. iBeesoft Data recovery can quickly help recover all file from RAW drives, launch the program and select all file types as default, then choose the RAW drive location to scan. Suggest to execute "Deep Scan" to recover data completely. You could preview file before recovering and save the recovered data to another partition or another drive. The program will let you know once finishing data recovery.

Recover Data from RAW Drives

Step2:Convert RAW drive to NTFS

The easiest way to convert RAW to NTFS file system is to format RAW drive through Disk Management or Windows Explorer. After completing data recovery, open Disk Management, right click on the RAW drive and select "Format" feature to convert RAW to NTFS in Windows. Then you could see the correct information about RAW drive or volume in Disk Management, the computer can recognize it and you use the RAW volume to store file and data again.

You can convert RAW to NTFS with Diskpart.

When the computer could list the RAW drive correctly, it means RAW issue is fixed, we can access it.

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