How to Fix Raw External Hard Drive without Formatting? [Hot]

There can be situations where your external hard drive or any other storage device suddenly becomes RAW, thereby making you unable to access your important files. In such a situation, you might be totally confused as to how to rectify this problem without losing data. Don't worry; this article will give you detailed information as to the causes of this, and how to fix RAW external hard drive without losing formatting.

Why Does Your External Hard Drive Become RAW?

We have come up with a few reasons that explain why your HDD shows as RAW when you connect it to a computer:

  • Access to the file system/memory/drive/disk limited or denied.

  • Disk or volume not formatted (or formatted wrongly).

  • File system type not supported by the current OS.

  • Virus attack.

  • Bad blocks in large numbers and reading errors found.

  • File system structure damage.


We know it can be very upsetting to lose your important data and files and not be able to access them because they turned RAW. Here's some good news there are many ways to fix this RAW external hard drive without losing data.

1How to Fix RAW External Hard Drive without Formatting in CMD

One way to do this is to convert the RAW hard drive to NTFS using the CMD command method. Below are the steps to do this:

Step 1: Connect the RAW external hard drive to your PC.

Step 2: Click Start button and search "commond", then right-click one it and afterward press Run As Administrator.


Step 3: Type in Diskpart and then press Enter.

Step 4: Type G: /FS :NTFS and press the Enter key. (H is going to be the drive letter of your RAW storage device).


This would have changed your RAW drive into NTFS file system and the data you have stored in it can be used again.

2How to Fix RAW External Hard Drive by Formatting without Losing Data

1Recover Files From RAW External Disk

To deal with the RAW external hard drive issue, there might be the need to format the drive to turn the RAW files to NTFS. However, you don't have to lose your important files and data in the process. How?

By using the AnyRecover recovery tool, you can recover all your files from the RAW drive into another device before formatting it. This tool is special designed for data recovery for storage mediems. And can help you recover any kind of lost, inaccessible, formatted, or deleted data.


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Features of AnyRecover

  • Covers all the data loss situations- RAW partition, erroneous deletion, damaged storage devices, virus or malware attacks, formatted disks, lost partitions, etc.

  • Unmatched ability to recover more than 1000 different file formats- pictures, music and audio files, videos, emails, documents, archives, etc.

  • Recovers data from any kind of storage device- memory cards, hard drives, mobile phones, cameras, etc.

  • It  is 100% safe to use AnyRecover. Different from other software, AnyRecover won't overwrite your files in the process of recovery.

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Instructions for RAW External Hard Drive Data Recovery

Step 1: Download and launch the AnyRecover software on your PC, and choose the External Device you want to recover data from under the "External Removable Devices" tab.

select external device

Step 2: Click "Start" to initiate an all-round scan on the device you selected. Once finished, all your lost files will be listed out with respect to file types and folders.

scan complete

Step 3: You can double click on the file to preview it, once you are sure of and select what you want to recover, click the "Recover" button.

scanned files preview

2Format External Hard Drive

After recovering your important files from the RAW external hard drive, you can now directly format the hard drive into NTFS. Find the steps below:

Step 1: Open the Window Explorer,and select the My Computer/This PC section in the sidebar, then locate your drive.

Step 2: Right-click on your drive and select Format.


Step 3: Under the File System, select the one you want to use for the operating system.

Step 4: Under the Volume Label, give your drive a name and then check out the Quick Format box.

Step 5: Select Start to initiate the format process.


The system will notify you when the process is done, and in a few minutes, your external drive will be formatted.


One question most users have is if there is a method with which they can convert a RAW external hard drive to NTFS without having to lose their important saved files. Definitely yes! For the easiest, fastest, and 100% safe and effective solution, download the AnyRecover recovery tool.

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By  Simon Marcus , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Dec 28, 2018  ( Updated: Dec 16, 2019 )

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