"My SanDisk memory card is corrupted in my mobile phone because it says card needs to be formatted. Considering there are many important files on this card, I did not format it. Instead, I connected the memory card to my computer but Windows 7 system also said that I need to format memory card before I can use it. I have run CHKDSK to check the memory card, but it showed a message that this type of file system is RAW CHKDSK is not available for RAW drive. What does it mean? How to retrieve images from a RAW memory card which asks to be formatted? Is there any RAW drive recovery software for the error fixing?"
If CHKDSK is not available for the memory card you want to check and reports RAW error, you need to find a memory card RAW recovery program to extract files from the card. iCare Data Recovery software is a read-only data recovery tool, which can restore files from RAW memory card which needs to be reformatted. You can use this data recovery software to retrieve various types of files from different kinds of memory card when it is not accessible due to RAW unformatted error. This data recovery software supports to recover files as long as the memory card is not physically damaged and data is not overwritten by new data, so it is very important to stop doing any operation on the card when it has RAW error.
Step1. Attach the memory card to your computer through a card reader or USB cable. Download and install iCare Data Recovery software on your computer. Run the software and select a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the RAW memory card as aim disk and then you only need to wait when the software is scanning the RAW card for lost files.
Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning. Then, you can choose all files you need and recover them.
==>> If you want to get detailed steps for the CHKDSK error, please refer to this page - CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives>>
When CHKDSK reports RAW error on memory card, you are unable to access memory card unless you can format it. Usually, the reason why you receive memory card needs formatting error message is that there is parameter error on the memory card. Therefore, system asks you to format the card to fix the error. Usually, such kind of error might be caused by many reasons, such as:
>> Memory card is infected with virus
>> Memory card is corrupted due to improper operation
>> There are bad sectors on memory card
>> More other unknown reasons
Whatever the reason is! As long as the memory card is not physically damaged and you have not written any new data to the card, you can use iCare Data Recovery software to get back lost files. This software allows you to recover files from RAW CF card, SD card, XD card and more.
CHKDSK is a system tool in Windows operating system which can check hard disk drive or removable disk for bad sectors, lost clusters, directory errors, etc and mark them. When CHKDSK reports RAW error on a memory card, it will be not available for RAW drive and you need to format the card to fix the error.
Pen drive is in RAW format when using CHKDSK? Don’t worry! You can use the iCare Data Recovery and follow the steps above to perform pen drive data recovery even when it is says not formatted error and becomes unreadable.