CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives - Fix&Repair&Recover

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CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives is an error message, which often appears when you run CHKDSK on a RAW drive such as RAW internal hard drive, external hard drive, pen stick, USB drive or memory card such as SD, micro SD, SDHC, SDXC and memory stick.

CHKDSK Error Message - The Type of the File System Is RAW

The error message often shows: "The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives".

Usually, you might receive such kind of error message on any storage media, including:

1. CHKDSK SD memory card file system RAW
2. CHKDSK RAW partition
3. USB flash drive CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives
4. CHKDSK reports raw error on drives like your flash drive, micro SD , or external HDD

Have you ever received such kind of CHKDSK error message on any digital device? Usually, you may run CHKDSK to check a disk for error or bad sectors when it changes to RAW file system. Sometimes, it prevents you from running CHKDSK for error checking and reports error message CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

==>> Related Article: How to Run CHKDSK>>

Solution for CHKDSK Not Available for RAW Drives Error

You usually try to run CHKDSK for error checking on a device when it reports error like RAW problem. In this situation, you may be unable to access any file on the RAW device. Therefore, you had better firstly extract all inaccessible files from the RAW drive before fixing the CHKDSK error problem.

Solution Step1. Recover Data from RAW Device with iCare Data Recovery


>>Quick Solution for RAW file system Data Recovery

Download iCare Data Recovery >> to recover files from any device that changes to RAW including RAW SD memory card, flash drive, external or internal hard drive.

Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery software. Run the software and choose Deep Scan Recovery option.

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Step2.  Choose the RAW drive and then the software will scan it. During the process, please wait patiently.

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Step3. Finally, you can preview found pictures and office files and choose all files lost from the RAW drive and recover them.

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Solution Step2. Fix CHKDSK Error

When you need to check a RAW drive for error and bad sectors, you may type chkdsk x: /f or chkdsk x: /r in CMD (here x: refers to the drive letter of the partition that you want to check). If you receive CHKDSK error message, you may try following methods to resolve the problem:

1. If it reports CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives when you type chkdsk x: /f in Command Prompt for error checking, you can try to type chkdsk x: /r instead of chkdsk x: /f. chkdsk x: /r command is able to locates errors in the file system and recover data from bad sectors in disk.

2. You can try to run Check disk tool in My Computer for partition error checking instead of running it from Command Line.

==> For detailed steps to run check disk tool in My Computer please refer to: Run check disk tool in my computer>>

3. Please try to format the RAW drive to change its file system from RAW to NTFS or FAT32.

==> For methods to format RAW drive, please see this article – How to format RAW disk>>

4. Reboot your computer and press F8 key on your keyboard to enter Advanced Boot Options, where you can boot your computer into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

safe mode with cmd

Then, you can type chkdsk to run CHKDSK in Command Prompt.


5. If the problem still exists, you can try to restore system from previous system restore point if you created system restore point in advance. Or, you can reinstall system to resolve the problem.

CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives Windows 8 / 10

Windows 8 was released in 2012, whose user-interface is quite different from previous Windows operating system. Windows 10 is the successor to Windows 8 . Among all Windows operating system versions, Windows 10 has the best performance, but some old programs or drive devices may be unable to work on Windows 10. So you have to upgrade drivers and programs sometimes after installing Windows 10 operating system.

==> When it reports CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives in Windows 8 / 10, you should firstly take the compatibility issue into account. Please go to this page – CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives on Windows 8 10>>

CHKDSK Reports It Is Not Available for RAW Drives Windows 7 Vista XP

Windows 7 , Vista and XP have the similar user-interface. Windows XP is the most popular Windows OS.

Microsoft has stopped providing mainstream technology support forWindows Vista in 2012 and it would stop providing all supports for Windows Vista in 2017.

Microsoft has stopped providing all supports for Windows XP in 2014.

Microsoft has stopped providing mainstream technology support for Windows 7 in 2015 and all supports for Windows 7 will end in 2020.

Since some supports for Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 ended, it might have some influence when you run CHKDSK for RAW drive fixing.

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CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives USB

The full name of CHKDSK is checkdisk, which was considered as a tool for error checking in internal hard disk partition. In fact, CHKDSK is also available for RAW drive fixing in removable disk like USB. You need to connect the USB flash drive properly to a Windows computer and close all Windows or programs that are using the thumb drive before running CHKDSK.

CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives SD Memory Card

Probably, SD memory card asks to be reformatted when you want to access it in your mobile phone or digital camera. Or, SD memory card says blank and has unsupported file system when you attempt to open the card. When connecting the memory card to your PC, Windows shows RAW drive error on it and requires formatting. When you meet all the similar problem, you can run CHKDSK for RAW error repairing on any memory card like SD, micro SD , SDHC, SDXC, XD, CF and memory stick.

==> Please refer to this article – CHKDSK is not available for RAW memory card>>

CHKDSK RAW Partition: File System Is RAW

Usually, disk partition on Windows PC has FAT32 or NTFS file system. You can read and write data normally on disk partition whether it has NTFS or FAT32 file system. However, sometimes, you will fail to access a RAW disk partition because Windows pops up error message that disk drive is not formatted do you want to format it now.

If you want to run CHKDSK for any RAW partition error checking, you need to make sure that no any file or program on the partition is used by another program. In addition, CHKDSK for system partition C drive might be scheduled when you boot your computer next time because CHKDSK will not be able for system partition when PC is running.

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