How To Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data?


Updated on Aug. 18, 2021

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How do I convert RAW to FAT32 on SD card, USB drive or HDD? In the process of using a storage device, the file system of the storage device may become RAW due to improper operation or virus attack. Don't worry too much when this happens. This article will show you the method of converting RAW file system into FAT32 without losing any data. Let's learn it quickly.

DiskGenius - A useful tool that can change RAW to FAT32/NTFS/exFAT for SD card, USB flash drive and external hard drive in Windows 10/8/7.

In most cases, when SD card, hard disk, USB, etc. becomes RAW, Windows will detect the error and pop up the following warning message: "You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it. Do you want to format it? "

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data

Don't rush to click the Format disk button. This will result in data loss. Select the best RAW to FAT32 converter according to the following content to repair the RAW device without losing any data:

How do I change RAW drive to FAT32 file system without losing data?

DiskGenius is a classic hard disk partitioning tool with comprehensive functions. In addition to the basic functions such as creating partition, deleting partition, formatting partition, hiding partition and allocating drive letters, DiskGenius also provides more high-level functions such as quick partition, lossless resizing of partitions, backup and recovery of partition tables, etc. It supports GPT partition format and EXT4 file system. Using DiskGenius, you can easily convert the storage device RAW to FAT32.

Before formatting the storage device as FAT32, first recover the data in the RAW partition.

Recover data from RAW HDD, SD card or USB in Windows 10

Step 1: Select the RAW partition where you want to restore data, click the File Recovery button, and then click Start.

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data

DiskGenius will scan this partition:

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data

Step 2: Preview the files listed after software scanning finishes. If files can be previewed without errors, they can be recovered successfully.

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data

Step 3: Right-click the files to be restored and select Copy To and copy the data to a safe location.

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data

Convert RAW to FAT32/NTFS/exFAT/EXT4 using DiskGenius Free Edition

Step 1: Select the RAW partition to be formatted and click the Format button on the toolbar. Also, you can right-click the corrupted drive and choose Format Current Partition from context menu.

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data

Step 2: Set the File System to FAT32, set the Cluster Size and Volume Label, and click the Format button.

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data

Step 3: Click Yes in the popup window to confirm the operation again. DiskGenius will start the formatting process.

Convert RAW To FAT32 Without Losing Data


1. What is difference between RAW and FAT32?

Unlike FAT file system and NTFS file system, RAW file system is not a standard file system. When the drive is displayed as RAW, the operating system will not recognize it, and the files in it will not be accessed normally. The display of hard disk as RAW file system may be related to partition damage, virus infection, bad sectors, format failure and other factors.

FAT32 file system, together with NTFS and exFAT, is a partition format for storing files, which is usually used by Windows operating system. Converting exFAT to NTFS is also a common topic. The difference is that the FAT32 format has the highest compatibility, so it can also be recognized by other operating systems. Therefore, many removable storage devices, such as micro SD cards, pen drives, and USB flash drives is usually formatted with this file system.

2. Why is my file system RAW?

The reason why the file system of the storage device is shown as RAW:

  • The device has not been formatted by the file system.
  • The file system of this device is not recognized by the computer.
  • The file system of the device is lost or damaged.


The above describes in detail how to convert RAW to FAT32 without losing data. If you have any other questions, you can refer to the official website of DiskGenius or seek help of customer service team.

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