Formatting external storage device from raw to ntfs 7 without losing data

Every time i plug my external storage device to my computer, i am asked to "you need to format the disk in drive F: Before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" I checked my drive and its File system is RAW. I don't want format it because all my important data are in it.
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  1. edbenavidez said:
    Every time i plug my external storage device to my computer, i am asked to "you need to format the disk in drive F: Before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" I checked my drive and its File system is RAW. I don't want format it because all my important data are in it.

    Data recovery software.
    http://www.bing.com/search?q=recover+files+from+raw+file+system+disk&form=MOZSBR&pc=MOZI
  2. You can't format the drive without loosing the data on it.
    There are a few things you can try before formatting and loosing your data.
    1. Do a chkdsk on the drive, there may be bad sectors causing this.
    2. Try using a different USB cable, a bad cable may limit the power needed to run the disk. If there is a power cable use it.
    3. Remove the disk from its case and install internally.
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