The type of the file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives/USB/SD card/external hard drive, how to recover/fix RAW drive?

Common scenarios of "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives"

Sometimes a damaged volume may lose its file system type. Various error messages may appear, most common being:
The volume X: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
The disk in drive X: is not formatted.
The volume does not contain a recognized file system
Drive X:\ not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.
There was an error accessing drive X:. The disk is not formatted.

When you attempt to run chkdsk on RAW drive, you would receive the following error message:
The type of the file system is RAW. Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives or Convert is not available for RAW drives, chkdsk reports RAW file system.

CHKDSK is not available for RAW drive

Anyway, what is wrong with the drive? There are so many important files stored on it, and a chkdsk tool will complain that it is unable to perform a RAW file system recovery; how can I recover RAW drive when chkdsk is not available for RAW drives?

How to recover/fix RAW drive when chkdsk is not available for RAW drives?

Solution 1: Recover/fix RAW drive with M3 Data Recovery

M3 Data Recovery is a RAW drive recovery software which can solve "The type of the file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives" issue and change/convert RAW to NTFS/FAT32 without data loss or recover data from RAW drive. If RAW drive is physicially damaged, please send it to a local data recovery service for help.

Step 1: Install and launch M3 Data Recovery. After that, please select RAW Drive Recovery module.

RAW drive recovery software

Step 2: Choose the RAW drive which reports "The type of the file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives" error.

Select RAW drive to fix chkdsk RAW error

Step 3: Click Next to scan the RAW drive you want to recover or fix.

Scan RAW drive to fix chkdsk RAW error

Step 4: After fixing RAW drive, please check the files in RAW drive before recovering.

Fix chkdsk is not available for RAW drives error

Step 5: Click "Fix Drive" to solve "The type of the file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives", you will see RAW drive will become NTFS/FAT32 file system and you can acess data in it as normal.

If RAW drive cannot be fixed, please go to solution 2 and recover data from RAW drive with M3 Data Recovery.

Solution 2: Recover data from RAW drive with M3 Data Recovery

Step 1: Choose the Data Recovery module on M3 Data Recovery home window.

Step 2: Choose RAW drive and click Next to scan, All files will be found in minutes.

Scan RAW drive with M3 Data Recovery

Step 3: Select the files you want to recover from RAW drive and then save them.

Recover data from RAW drive

Besides solving RAW drive issue, M3 Data Recovery can also fix USB flash drive not formatted, SD card not formatted, memory card not formatted, external hard drive not formatted issue and recover data from RAW external hard drive, RAW USB flash drive, RAW memory card, RAW SD card, etc.

Solution 3: Format RAW drive to NTFS/FAT32/exFAT file system

If there is no important data in RAW drive, format is the best choice, just right click RAW drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management and then select "Format..." to reformat it.

Step 1: Right click RAW drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 2: Select "Format...".

Step 3: Select NTFS file system and then set other information (Allocation unit size, volume label, format options) about format

Step 4: Click Start to reformat RAW drive to NTFS.

If there is important data in RAW drive, just follow solution 2 to recover data from RAW drive and then reformat it after data recovery is successfully done.

If Windows is unable to format RAW drive, the RAW drive should have hardware issue, please try diskpart command, the 3rd-party professional format software or low-level format tool.

Solution 4: Ask for help from a local data recovery service

If RAW drive has hardware issue or lost data is not found by M3 Data Recovery, please send RAW drive to a local data recovery service for help.

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