Why does my internal disk drive turn from NTFS to RAW?

Foad Adnani December 2, 2012
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I have a 500GB internal hard disk formatted to NTFS which for some reason sometimes appears as RAW. Here is a screenshot of what shows up when Windows reports RAW instead of NTFS:

Why does my internal disk drive turn from NTFS to RAW? disk1d

When this happens the files still on disk are still ok, but I have to fix it using Parted Magic. I run the software from the boot menu, the software repairs everything. Then I reboot the PC, start Windows 7 and the disk is back to NTFS.

Why does my internal disk drive turn from NTFS to RAW? disk2ev

But still, this happens again and I have to repair it all over again. What might cause this and how can I sort it out?


  1. Giggity Goebbels
    December 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I think it is corrupted.backup the files on another drive,and reformat the hard drive.then paste the files back

  2. Foad Adnani
    December 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    no fix so i bang it with my gun and now its broken ...not import . hell the files 500G nice and good but tnx for advice ...its nothing i can handling ..live is to amazing but peace of nothing not amazing how cares sooo by

    • ha14
      December 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      thats bad sometimes software do not fix if it is related to hardware problem and this could be the case. Only solution is backup

  3. Shahbaz Amin
    December 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I don't think its anything to do with virus infection or malware. Just a hardware issue probably..best just keep it simple and use Windows disk management to fix it.
    Hope this problem stops appearing in future...

  4. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 6, 2012 at 12:08 am

    virus infection,Power surge,wrong way shut-down,bad sector,mistakes at the time of partition…..

    December 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Hello, if this keeps happening all the time, chances are there is something very wrong with your drive. You might want to start checking connections first. Also, you might want to try software like the following:


    HDD regenerator:

    Both of the software above are paid. There is a free version of something simmilar but I have never used it:


    You can also start by downloading the diagnostic tools provided by harddrive manufacturer from their website and see what they say

  6. Douglas Mutay
    December 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Use EaseUS Data Recovery and follow instruction given. http://www.easeus.com/resource/raw-file-system-to-ntfs.htm

    • Foad Adnani
      December 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      dose this best way to fix the problem!

  7. rohit pandey
    December 3, 2012 at 4:09 am

    there are various factors:
    virus infection,Power surge,wrong way shut-down,bad sector,mistakes at the time of partition.....

    • Qin Tang
      December 3, 2012 at 6:37 am

      Yeah, agree.

    • Foad Adnani
      December 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      yeah when i shut-down pc in next time i turn it on my partition become RAW ... so how can fix it

  8. Jim Chambers
    December 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Try windows version of HDD diagnostic software available on drive manufacturers support webpage. Is the drive getting louder or making odd sounds? Also try to improve cooling airflow around drive.

    • Anonymous
      December 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      drive ok no file gone just the patch turn to raw ... i try it to other OS its ok ... i want to now whats the problem and way i cant fix it without format disk

  9. ha14
    December 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    try to run chkdsk on the hard drive

    perhaps partition table is corrupted try testdisk
    Hard Drive turned Raw after Fresh OS install

    • Anonymous
      December 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      i have testdisk and i repair anything but not delete partition still have problem

    • Anonymous
      December 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      i think the /media/sdb1 or /dev/sdb1 have problem Unfortunately i now nothing about how disk run from bios to root and os

      • ha14
        December 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

        perhaps hdd regeneraor can help but it is shareware

        you could plug the hard drive in another pc and see if works?

  10. Rakesh Mishra
    December 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

    u can check for v viris infecation on your pc as due to virus attack sometimes this happens

    • Anonymous
      December 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      i have microsoft security essentials ...malwarebytes ..iObit malware fighter ... i dont think a problem this protectors

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