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What is RAW File System and How to Fix RAW Issue

Table of Contents

1. What is RAW File System?
2. Possible Error Symptoms for RAW File System?
3. Reasons for RAW File System
4. Solutions to Fix RAW File System

5. Convert RAW to NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 etc

What is RAW File System?

Sometimes RAW file system is also named RAW drive. Different from FAT file system and NTFS file system, RAW file system is not a standard file system but it cannot be recognized by operating system when the drive shows RAW. RAW file system or RAW drive is a system error that the device encounters. No matter the memory card, or computer hard drive or other devices show RAW file system, you are unable to access the data inside. The quick way to fix a RAW file system is to format the drive, but sometimes it may leads to no result.

Possible Error Symptoms for RAW File System?

There are some error symptoms that are related to the RAW file system, for example,
1. The disk in drive is not formatted; do you want to format it now?
2. Cannot be read or written.
3. Cannot be recognized or detected.
4. The property shows 0 byte.
5. Drive is not initialized or cannot be used.
6. Drive is inaccessible.
7. There is no disk in drive. Insert disk and then try again.
8. Invalid media type reading drive. Abort, Retry, Fail?
9. Other error messages.

Reasons for RAW File System

Usually the direct reason for drive shows RAW file system is that it cannot be recognized by operating system, while there are some possible causes for the RAW file system.
1. Partition or memory card got damaged because long time use or other reasons.
2. Partition or memory card is infected with virus.
3. Unexpected power off when partition or memory card is in use.
4. Bad sectors.
5. The formatting got failed due to some reasons.
6. Other unknown reasons.

Solutions to Fix RAW File System

No data in the RAW drive - >
If there is no data inside the drive that show RAW, you only need to format it. If you are unable to format the drive and it still shows RAW, you should download professional and reliable software to fix the RAW file system.

Failed to format the raw drive, use this format tool

There is important data inside the RAW drive? - >
If there is important data inside the device that shows RAW, you should perform data recovery before formatting the device. It is very important not format the device before data recovery if you want the lost data to be completely recovered, because formatting will overwrite the lost data and decrease the chance of data recovery.

How to convert RAW to FAT32 NTFS etc

When you are looking for solution to convert raw to FAT32, FAT16, EXFAT or NTFS, your drive has raw error. The former file system is probably NTFS or FAT32, EXFAT etc, and now it cannot be recognized. Then your PC would warn you errors like "the disk in drive F is not formatted, do you want to format it now", with a confirmation window of YES OR NO option. The best choice is NO.

If you have imporant files inside of the of the card, disk, you need to restore data from the raw drive at first.

No imporant files, just format the drive to FAT32 or NTFS and then it is the right way for you to convert your raw drive to FAT32 or NTFS.

Again, you need to format your raw drive to be FAT32 NTFS FAT16 EXFAT instead of converting it.

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