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I have a seagate 2TB external usb that turned to raw without any sign... Is there any way to format the raw file system back to ntfs? Can I use cmd to change the raw file system? Is there any guide for me?

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If you do care about the data inside of your raw media, you need a raw drive recovery utility like iCare Data Recovery Free which is completely freeware and it works on Windows 10/8/7.

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Here are the steps that you may follow to recover files from raw file system with the freeware iCare Recovery Free.

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Step 1: Download, Install the program and connect your raw media to a Windows PC and then launch the freeware, choose 'Advanced File Recovery'

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Step 2: Select the raw drive that is recognized by iCare and then click 'next' to start raw drive recovery

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Step 3: Save files found in the raw drive to another hard drive.

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Diskpart cmd to convert raw to ntfs file system

Here comes the main part with photo guide that shows how to use diskpart cmd to format raw file system to ntfs. If you want a conversion from raw to ntfs without losing data, then try the first step shows above to recover data from raw drive and then go with this step with diskpart that can convert your raw media safely.

Photo tutorial: How to change raw file system to ntfs using cmd

Firstly you need to open cmd. Press Windows icon+R and it will show up.

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Or here are other two options that you may start cmd

  • type cmd in 'search programs and files' in Windows 10
  • or find Start->Accessories -> Command Prompt ->Run in Windows 7

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Once you see the Run box shows up, you may type 'Diskpart' to launch diskpart command prompt.

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Convert raw file system to ntfs with diskpart - example 1

  1. 1, type 'diskpart'
  2. 2, type 'list disk' to let diskpart show all available drives
  3. 3, type 'select disk *' to get your raw drive selected. Note: you need to replace * with the one what your raw drive really shows up in the disk list.
  4. 4, type 'clean'
  5. 5, type 'create partition primary'
  6. 6, type 'format fs=ntfs quick' or just 'format fs=ntfs' is ok which depends on whether you want diskpart to quick format your drive or full format.

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Convert raw file system to ntfs with diskpart - example 2

Here is another set of cmd lines that you may use when you want to convert raw file system to another different one like ntfs, fat32, or even exfat.

Open cmd and type diskpart to launch diskpart

  1. 1, type 'list volume'
  2. 2, type 'select volume 4' which is a raw flash drive in the test
  3. 3, type 'format fs=ntfs quick'
  4. 4, 'exit' once it finished the formatting.

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According to Wikipedia, Diskpart is a computing command-line that was introduced in Windows 2000 to replace the old Fdisk for disk partitioning that has the abilities to format, clean, and convert hard disks, usb flash drive or even an sd card. It is very useful when the file system is corrupted or damaged since it could let you convert bewteen file system of ntfs, fat32 and more...



There is non rollback machine if you have performed the conversion from raw to ntfs and the converting is also kind of writing/making changes to the digital device no matter what kind of storage media you use, sd/flash drive/external usb disk, or computer hard drive...

So be very considerate before the coversion of file system.

Video: how to convert raw to ntfs with cmd

Video Tutorial: here in this video it would tell you several ways to convert raw file system to ntfs using cmd command prompt.

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