Convert Raw to NTFS

Sometimes drive(s) becomes inaccessible and is considered as raw. Drives would contain critical information of the user. The user would not let it go as such. The data somehow should be retrieved.

How to know if the drive has turned Raw?

On accessing the drive, if one of the following errors are displayed then, it indicates that the drive has turned Raw

  • The disk in drive D: is not formatted.
  • The type of the file system is RAW
  • File system is displayed as "RAW" in Disk Management
  • If file names contain 'weird' or ‘junk’ characters or ‘garbage’ values
  • If 'Sector not found' messages are displayed
  • There was an error accessing drive D: The disk is not formatted
  • Boot device not found

Reasons for the cause of Raw drive

  • The drive would have been infected by virus
  • Power surge
  • System would have suddenly shut down due to power failure
  • Format failure
  • Formation of bad sectors
  • Human errors like deleting of partitions by mistake

Converting Raw drive to NTFS

“Raw” file system is considered as a file system which is installed on the disk, immediately when it is created in the factory. When we try to convert a raw file system to NTFS (file system used on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7) which allows us to store our data like pictures, audio, documents and video, we need to format the drive.

How to prevent raw drives?

  • Using good anti-virus software
  • Handling power surges through voltage guards
  • Using good inverters to avoid abrupt shut down of computers
  • Proper shut down and proper booting of the system
  • Perform Chkdsk, when the system prompts due to improper shutdown of the system, previously

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