Hi, there! I'm facing with a very tricky problem. My USB became RAW this morning, when I tried to fix it with chkdsk command, it told me "The type of the files system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives". How can I bypass this error? Any help would be much appreciated!
Sometimes hard drives or other storage mediums become inaccessible and show RAW file system. The solution requires you to format the drive or fix errors via chkdsk command of Windows. The problem is, chkdsk command does not work for RAW drives. So, you need some other ways to fix the issue, and you can find them in this article.
Windows can read and access certain file systems such as FAT, FAT32, NTFS, etc. But when there is no file system (its RAW), Windows simply cannot read it. So, when you use the chkdsk command to check the drive for errors, it simply cannot read it and gives the above-mentioned error. This problem may occur on internal hard drive, external hard drive, and even on SSD. A drive can become RAW due to bad sectors, corrupted file system, or some other reason.
There are two methods of fixing this issue. They are described below:
This method is useful if you want to make your RAW drive readable again without formatting. You will need to use CMD for this. It will convert the RAW file system of the drive to NTFS which Windows can read and access.
Launch Command Prompt on your Windows PC via Start Menu or Run program. Make sure to run it as administrator.
Once CMD window is opened, type Diskpart and press Enter.
Next, type G: /FS :NTFS (G here is the drive letter of your RAW drive) and press Enter to execute. Once you hit enter, Windows will start the conversion process and your RAW drive will be converted to NTFS.
If the steps above fail to save your RAW drive, then you can try another CMD, whereas it requires to format your drive. Enter the command below one by one to do it.
Diskpart > list disk > select disk #(replace "#" to the identifier of your hard disk) > clean > create partition primary > format fs=ntfs
This method is suitable for those people who store no important data on the drive. If you have many vital information, you'd better go to the next method.
As you have tried the first method and failed, this issue can not be solved without formatting the drive. However, you can restore the inaccessible data from the drive to ensure the data security and then format it to the readable file system.
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Step 1. After installing AnyRecover, run it and select a disk under the “I can't find my partitions” tab.
Step 2. Find and select the partition that has RAW file system. Click “Scan”.
Step 3. The program will start data scanning process on your selected partition.
Step 4. A list of lost files will be there. What you need do is to recover your wanted files by clicking "Recover" button from your RAW partition.
Now that you have successfully recovered your inaccessible files via AnyRecover, the next step will be formatting your RAW drive to make it readable/accessible again. The process to do this is straightforward.
1. On your computer, open This PC.
2. Navigate to the RAW drive, right-click on it and select the Format option.
3. Next choose one of the file systems (NTFS is common for most users), and then check the "Quick Format" option.
4. Once everything is configured, start the formatting process, it will take several minutes.
RAW drives can be a hassle to fix but fortunately there are some easy ways to make them readable again. To make sure your data is protected, it is adviced to recover your inaccessible data from the RAW drive via iMyFone AnyRecover before attempting to format it or using any other method to make the drive accessible again.
By Simon Marcus , to Hard Drive Recovery
Updated: May 24, 2021