"I have a 4TB drive (3725.9GB) that I recently completed the long format (~48
hours), but during the formatting process a sudden power outage occurred, when it
finished, the disk shows up in Disk management (Windows or Command prompt) as "RAW"
format. When I attempt a "quick format" to NTFS (Control Panel - Computer
Management - Storage - disk - format) I get a message "Virtual Disk Manager"
- "The format did not complete successfully". Now the drive is useless
except to display that it exists. So I am wondering can I format RAW drive using
Command Prompt? Thank you!"
How to format RAW Drive with CMD in Windows 10/8/7?
Unlike NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, the RAW file system cannot be supported and recognized by
Windows operating systems. So you are not allowed to access or add any data in RAW
drive. This problem can be caused by many factors like virus/malware attack, bad
sectors, incorrect formatting operation, sudden power failure, file system
structural damage, improper partition access permission and other unknown factors.
In order to make the RAW partition usable again, it is necessary to format it to a
proper file system. Here we will show you how to format RAW drive using Command
Prompt in Windows.
Step 1. Click “Start” button, type “cmd” in the Search box, right click the given
Command Prompt icon and select “Run as administrator”.
Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type “Diskpart” to open Diskpart service, then
input commands listed below one by one.
list volume and hit “Enter”: all partitions on your computer will be
select volume # and hit “Enter”: # is the specific number of
the RAW partition, here we select volume 6.
format fs=ntfs quick and hit “Enter”: if you want to recover RAW
drive to FAT32 or exFAT, you can input format fs=fat32, or format fs=exfat instead.
After DiskPart successfully formatted the volume, you can type “exit” and press
“Enter” to close the Command Prompt window.
An easier way to format RAW drive to usable file systems
Command Prompt tool works well for common formatting tasks. But running those
complicated commands may be difficult for most computer newbies. And when you need
to format a large RAW partition over 32GB to FAT32, it will fail and pop out an
error message: the volume
size is too big for FAT32.
In such case, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, a free GUI disk formatting tool for Windows
10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista users. With clear interface, it is easy to use for everyone.
This powerful software can format large hard drive to FAT32 with ease. Most
importantly, it is even able to format write-protected disk, or format corrupted SD card and other hard
Step 1. Download the freeware, install and launch it in
Windows computer. Right click the RAW partition and select “Format Partition”.
Step 2. In the mini window, choose a desired file system (here we select NTFS) and
Tip: In this window, you can also set partition label, which can help you
quickly distinguish it from other partitions in future. Besides, you are allowed to change cluster size based on your requirements. Small clusters are great for storing small files in the partition
while large clusters are perfect for saving large files to optimize data
read-write speed and disk space usage ratio.
Step 3. Back to the main interface, click “Apply”> “Proceed” to begin the
Now, you must be clear about how to format RAW drive using Command Prompt. AOMEI
Partition Assistant provides an easier way to do this job. Most importantly, it is
far more than a disk formatting tool, and it can move/copy/wipe/merge partitions. After upgrading to Professional edition,
you can unlock more amazing functions, including securely erasing frozen SSD drives,
recovering lost partitions and more. For Windows Server users, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is a great choice.