3 Best Ways To Convert Raw To NTFS | Raw To Fat32 | Raw To Exfat (Without Losing Data)

Do you know what exactly is RAW drive format? Basically, it is a file format error which the memory device encounters, and eventually, the data inside it is not accessible by the system or the users.

Convert Raw To NTFS, RAW To Fat32 or Raw to Exfat

So, if you are one of the users facing this issue then to convert raw to ntfs or to any other file format, just head on to read the below mentioned method so that you can successfully solve the issue and get back to using the memory device.

Recover Data using Recuva

So, before heading for any of the methods you will have to recover all the files in your memory device and as the memory device is not accessible you will have to use a 3rd party tool i.e. Recuva.

recuva recovery

Using RECUVA you can take back-up of all the data in the SD card and format the SD card to use it further. You can also use RECOVERIT which is an advanced and paid tool to recover data with more accuracy but RECUVA also does the job decently.


  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Now, after installing the tool open it
  3. Press “Next”
  4. Select “All files” in the “file types”
  5. Click “Next”
  6. Select the drive or the SD card
  7. Check box on the “Deep Scan”
  8. Click on “Start”
  9. Now it will start scanning
  10. Then, select all files or the files which you want to recover
  11. Click on “Recover”
  12. Now allocate where the back-up file you want to store
  13. Once you have selected the location click “Ok”
  14. And you are done

So, make sure to recover all of your data before heading to the next method which is all about cleaning and formatting.

1. Use CMD to Convert RAW Drive

To clean your memory device and convert it in-to any of the file system format from RAW drive, follow the below mentioned steps cautiously. Also, make sure you have taken the back-up if the data in it is essential to you.

CMD diskpart change file system for raw drive


  1. Click on windows search bar
  2. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  3. Right click on it and Run it as administrator
  4. Type “diskpart” and enter
  5. After entering DISKPART type “list disk” and enter
  6. Then type “select disk (disk number) ” and enter
  7. Type “clean” and enter
  8. Type “create partition primary” and enter
  9. To format type “format fs=fat32” and enter (if you face size issue error then there will be no volume selected shown in the CMD)

Note: FAT32 does not allow to copy files of a size more than 4GB. Also for storage more than 32GB use exFAT and for rest FAT32. 

  1. And Finished.

If the CMD method didn’t work out then head on to the next methods below.

2. Remove Bad Sectors using Disk Genius

For this method you will have to download a 3rd party tool which is quite obvious and i.e. Disk Genius, which is a good tool which deals in fixing errors for memory devices and troubleshooting all kinds of queries regarding the external memory devices.

Check Bad sector using Disk genius software


  1. Download the tool
  2. Open it
  3. Now, select the disk you want to repair
  4. At the top section, click on “Disk” option
  5. Click on “Verify or Repair Bad Sectors”
  6. Now, from the Drop box menu change the “Cylinder range” to “Sector range”
  7. Now, click on “Start verify”
  8. Now, the scanning will begin
  9. After scanning is done click on “Repair” and you are done.

If this method couldn’t fix the RAW drive then head on for the next one.

Download: Disk Genius

Or you can also use an alternative method:

You can use Minitool Partition Wizard to remove bad sectors from the memory device. This tool is one of the best in the market when it comes to fixing errors for memory devices. So, you can expect the outcomes to be beneficial.

minitool partition remove bad sector


  1. Open the tool
  2. Look for the disk
  3. Right click on the particular disk
  4. Click on “check file system”
  5. Click “check and fix detected errors”
  6. Click on “start”
  7. Now it will take few minutes

If this method also didn’t work then head for the last method for which you will still need the MiniTool Partition Wizard tool.

3. Format Drive using MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard has the highest probability to fix all the issues regarding the external device, also you can easily change the file system of the memory device within the few steps mentioned below.

minitool partition format


  1. Open the tool
  2. Look for the disk
  3. Right click on the particular disk
  4. Click on “Format”
  5. Click on “File system”
  6. Change it to FAT32 or exFAT (Select FAT32 if the memory device is less than 32GB and if it is higher then select exFAT file system)
  7. Click “ok”
  8. Click on “Apply” and confirm 
  9. Now the formatting will begin and done within a few seconds.


How do I change a RAW file format to NTFS without losing data?

First of all, you will have to ensure that you have backed-up all the data using a good recovery tool i.e. either Recuva or Recoverit. Even though the external device is not accessible, you can use any of the two 3rd party tools to back-up the data in the memory device. 

Is Exfat the same as fat32?

No, both of them are different file systems. Exfat is basically the modern file system which is almost compatible with all the memory devices but also it is not as efficient as fat32. 
So, you can expect both of them to be one of a kind and offering different features on different aspects of the file systems. FAT32 does not allow us to copy files of a size more than 4GB. Also for storage more than 32GB you will have to use exFAT and for rest FAT32.

What is raw drive format?

We can call it an error which can be fixed at times. Anyways, it is a file format error which the external memory devices encounter and eventually, the data inside it is not accessible by the system or the users.


Hence, these were the 3 best methods to convert raw to ntfs or to any other file format within minutes. So, if you found this post helpful or liked it then do share it with your colleagues, friends or family who might find this helpful.

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Shreyash Pradhan
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