[Easily Solved] How to Fix Raw SD Card without Formatting

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Are you having a nervous breakdown about your SD card not displaying pictures or a message prompting you to format it? Well, don’t panic; the issue can be fixed in no time. Due to several reasons, USB drives, SD cards, external drives, and even hard drive partitions in Windows 7/8/10 can become RAW and unreachable. Fortunately, you’re in the right place. We have put together some useful methods and tips to help you convert a RAW SD card to NTFS/FAT32 and quickly resolves the issues you’re facing with your SD card. Read on to know more.

1Using CMD to Repair RAW SD Card without Formatting

Typically, a RAW or corrupted SD card can be fixed using the CHKDSK utility in the CMD command prompt. Since it’s a free built-in tool by Windows, this is the first method for most Windows users. But, CHKDSK is unavailable for RAW drives and converting RAW to NTFS using Diskpart can erase all data on the RAW SD card.

However, if you still want to try the CMD method, follow the steps below:

Connect the SD card to your PC using an SD card reader.

Make sure your Windows is able to detect it.

Right-click START and run the “Command Prompt.”

Press the “Enter” button.

Type “Diskpart” to open Diskpart and press the “Enter” button.

Enter X:/FS: NTFS and X:/FS: FAT32 (Where “X” is the drive letter of your SD card).

Once the file system transfer process is complete, enter “Exit.”

If you’re lucky, CMD will fix RAW SD card without formatting. However, sometimes, you may get error messages such as “CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives,” “The type of file system is RAW,” etc. In this case, you’ll have to switch to Method 2 to fix RAW SD card without formatting.

2Change RAW SD to NTFS/FAT32 Using Disk Management

Another way to change RAW SD to NTFS or FAT32 is by using the Disk Manager. Follow the steps below to change RAW SD to NTFS or FAT32 using Disk Management:

Connect the SD card to your PC using an SD card reader.

Right-click “My Computer” and click “Manage.”

Now open “Disk Management” and look for RAW SD.

Once you find RAW SD, right-click it.

Mark RAW SD card as “Active.”

Launch “File Explorer” and right-click RAW SD.

Select “Properties.”

Open Security – Advanced – Owner – Edit – Other groups or users – Advanced – Find now (in the same order).

Pick the first listed user and hit “OK.”

3Fix RAW SD Card Issue without Losing Data

1Recover Data from Raw SD Card with AnyRecover

Apart from the two methods mentioned above, if you have to format your RAW SD card, then you can at least get your data back first with the help of data recovery tools.  AnyRecover is the best choice. It comes with a variety of features and modes that you’ll need to recover any type of data from the memory card. The recovery rate is considerably high, and the interface is user-friendly to help you easily recover files.


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How to use iMyFone AnyRecover to fix RAW SD card before formatting:

Step 1: Launch iMyFone AnyRecover and connect your SD card to the PC. Select the external removable device which you want to recover data from.

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Step 2: Click the "Start" button, the program will conduct an all-round scan on your SD card.

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Step 3: Once the scanning process is complete, a list of recoverable files will be displayed on the screen for a final preview. Select files and folders you want to recover and click “Recover".

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2Format Your SD Card

After getting back all your data on the RAW SD card, you can now format it without hesitation to fix the issue. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Connect your SD card to PC.

Step 2: Open "File Explorer".

Step 3: Locate the drive letter of the SD card you want to format, then right click on it.

Step 4: Click on "Format" option.

You will be notified that all your data on the SD card would be erased. Click "OK" to go on.

To conclude:

We sincerely hope you found this post helpful. Even though we’ve mentioned three methods to fix RAW SD card without formatting, iMyFone AnyRecover is the most sought-after method. It is easy and does not require any technical knowledge. Also, it’s 100% safe and does not overwrite or erase any existing data. Still not confident about the software? Try it for free.

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By  James Crawford , to External Device Recovery

Updated on Oct 21, 2020

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