Drive not accessible, the volume does not contain a recognized file system, how to fix and recover data in Windows 10/8/7/XP?

How does "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" occur?

Sometimes, when we plug an external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, CF card, pen drive, etc. into Windows computer, Windows prompts: "You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

Disk/Drive not formatted error

We may click Cancel to refuse to format the disk if there is important data stored on it, then Windows will prompts "Drive X:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted" as below, it is how "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" occurs.

Drive not accessible - the volume does not contain a recognized file system

What causes "The volume does not contain a recognized file system"?

This error message means the drive has become RAW file system. RAW file system is not really a type of file system but presents a problem of your drive. Our current NTFS/FAT32/exFAT file system has been corrupted, how to fix "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" and recover data? We need the professional partition recovery or repair software to fix RAW file system (Change RAW to NTFS/FAT32 file system without data loss) or a data recovery software to recover data and format it to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT.

M3 Data Recovery is a RAW partition recovery software which can easily solve "Drive is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system" issue under Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003.

M3 Data Recovery provides two RAW drive recovery modules to solve our RAW drive issues: RAW drive partition recovery and RAW drive data recovery.

Fix "Volume doesn't contain a recognized file system" issue

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery. After launching it, select the RAW Drive Recovery module.

RAW file system repair software

Step 2: Select RAW drive and then click Next to continue, M3 Data Recovery will check the related file system information and fix corrupted file system.

How to fix Volume doesn't contain a recognized file system error

Step 3: Check the files in RAW drive before applying the changes to the drive, we can right click photo or document to preview and check recovery quality before purchase.

Repair Volume doesn't contain a recognized file system error

Step 4: Click "Fix Drive" to apply the changes to the drive and solve "volume doesn't contain a recognized file system" issue.

Fix Volume doesn't contain a recognized file system error

Recover data from inaccessible drive

We can also switch to Data Recovery module built-in M3 Data Recovery and recover data from inaccessible drive.

After data recovery from inaccessible drive is succeffully done, right click the inaccessible drive in My Computer or This PC and select "Format" to reformat it to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT file system, the inaccessible drive will be working again after the format completes.

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