You can’t suddenly access a partition of the hard drive. Windows put up a dialog box that says there is no recognizable file system.
The failure can happen to HDD and SSD. It can also happen to an external drive and USB storage media. In this article, we explain – step by step – How To Convert Raw Partition To NTFS Without Data Loss?
What is a RAW drive?
When you first buy the hard drive (or the laptop) the drive is RAW. RAW means it does not have a recognized file system. A brand-new drive cannot store data. It first needs to have a file system such as FAT, exFAT, or NTFS.
Why is NTFS needed?
After all, if you want to open a 2 MB Word document file, there must be a “telephone book” that tells where the file is on a 500 GB disk. Any storage media stores data as bits. A bit can be 0 or 1. Eight bits (eight 0s and 1s) make one byte. Every character (viz 2, 4, 9, L, k, > and so on is represented) by a byte. Such as “A” is 01000001 and “a” is 01100001 For reasons beyond the scope of this article, NTFS (New Technology File System) is the default file system on Microsoft Windows from Windows Vista onwards. NTFS divides the drive into millions of sectors, each the same size. More importantly, NTFS is a file journal that keeps track of the file metadata (name of the file, type, size, location, creation, access, and last modified time and date). Hence, losing the NTFS and you lose the “telephone book”. You need to convert RAW to NTFS to have access to data in that partition.
Windows has an in-built error-checking tool for this reason. The error-checking tool can identify and correct many problems with your hard drive.
Open File Explorer
Select the RAW volume and right click
Click Properties at the bottom
Click Tools > Check
Click Scan drive
The error-checking tool will slowly work its way through the files. The larger the volume and more the number of files on it, the longer the wait.
After the process is complete, restart the PC. The drive should now be accessible.
2. With the help of CHKDSK
CHKDSK is a unique feature of Windows operating systems. It can fix errors in the file table, move files in bad sectors and isolate bad sectors.
Type CMD in the start menu search bar
Right-click on CMD and select “Run as administrator”
The CMD window will open
Type CHKDSK <drive letter>: /f/r
F and R stand for fix and repair, respectively.
In the end, CHKDSK displays a report that lets you know how many files have been processed.
Restart the PC and the drive should work fine.
3. With the help of Stellar Data Recovery Software
Using Stellar Data Recovery Software is a painless way to recover data when users experience partition loss. The software can immediately recognize the RAW volume and allow you to retrieve data from the affected partition.
Install Stellar Data Recovery Software
Launch the software and the UI will appear
You can choose All Data or specific file types (e.g. documents)
Select the RAW volume
In case all the deleted files are not found toggle the Deep Scan option
When the scan has completed, click on any file name to see Preview
Select Recover to save the files you want
You can save it on an internal or external drive.
After the data has been recovered, right-click on the volume and select Format. Always tick the Quick option. There you have it.
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To test if it is working and can fix your hard drive, you pay nothing. That’s right. You have access to all the features for zero cost. But the free version lets you recover 1 GB of data. If you would like to retrieve more, you need to buy a licence either from inside the software or by visiting our website.
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Works with all types of file partitions—NTFS, FAT, and exFAT
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Can recover all file types—documents, PDF, images, video, audio, Outlook, and archival files (ZIP and RAR)
Can reconstruct corrupt files and restore their functioning
Can retrieve data from a RAW volume without any file system
Offers a unique Preview feature that lets the user select what they want to recover first.
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Vandita Jain is a Technology Writer at Stellar. She is a Tech enthusiast, holding one+ year of experience in Data Recovery domain. She loves researching and providing DIY solutions and tips & tricks to solve Windows technical issues. Besides, she enjoys traveling and trekking.