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"CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" is an error message, which often appears with message "The type of file system is raw, chkdsk is not available for raw drives" when you run CHKDSK on RAW hard drive, raw USB external hard drive, raw pendrive, flash drive or raw memory card when they are damaged for some reason like virus attack/unplug without safe removal mode... This video shows you how to repair your raw drive.

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CHKDSK is Not Available for RAW Drives Fixing

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Symptom

  1. When you use CHKDSK to check the hard disk, it says “The Type of the File System Is RAW CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives".
  2. The device is not available, you can see it on your computer, but you cannot open it.
  3. The device become “Raw” at the “Properties”.
  4. And the storage shown as 0 byte even though you save a lot of data on it.

Fix CHKDSK Error - 4 ways

#1 - Use chkdsk /r or chkdsk /r /f

When f is the volume drive letter

"chkdsk f: /r" command is able to locates errors in the file system in the disk.

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#2 - Use chkdsk /f /r /x (video guide included in the content)

When i is your drive letter, then you go with 'chkdsk i: /f /r /x'

Run Diskpart Command prompt to repair raw drive.

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Video - how to use chkdsk /f /r /x is included

#3 - Use diskpart clean and format

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Note: Diskpart would erase all files on the device if you perform clean and format. So we would recommend you restore data before the formatting.

Formatting to fat32? Type “diskpart” in the window, then “list volume”, select your raw drive, clean it, then create partition primary, type active, and select your drive volume again, type “ format fs=fat32”, after it finished, exit. Then the raw file system device is repaired.

Convert raw to FAT32 with CMD command promptFormat device fat32 by using 'format * /fs:fat32'

#4 - Use clean in cmd

1: run CMD

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2. type “diskpart” on the command box

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3. type “ list disk” after “DISKPART” and enter

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4. type “select disk 2” and enter.

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5. type “clean”. Wait for a minute.

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Option: 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.

chkdsk

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.

#5 - Restore hard disk/usb to previous version

A, Restore computer to previous system restore point if its internal disk that is damaged to restore it.

restore os to recover disk

B, restore disk/usb/sd to its previous version

This depends on whether there is previous version available on your computer for your device. It can be accessed by the following route: Right click drive in your computer->properties -> Previous Versions.

right click usb

restore previous version

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CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives SD Memory Card

When SD card is damaged, SD memory card would ask to be reformatted 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.

If you need the data on the device, you cannot just format it directly, try a data recovery program to recover the data on the drive first. You can try iCare Data Recovery Pro.

Tutorial to Recover Data from CHKDSK Not Available RAW Drives

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Download iCare Pro Free to rescue files from disk drive, usb flash or memory card that says chkdsk was not available for raw drives.

It is totally free of charge if your data is within 1GB

Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery software. Run the software and choose Deep Scan Recovery option for the digital storage media that chkdsk reports not available for raw drives. If it is a raw sd card or any memory card, use a CARD READER to get it connected with your Windows PC.

select recovery mode

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

wait while scanning

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

preview found photo

noteVERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

Please do not make any change on the raw digital device if there were important files stored on the digital media. Recover data from raw drive at first!

Format RAW Drive to Fix CHKDSK Unavailable Error

There are many free format tools that you may use to format the disk that has chkdsk not available errors.

  1. Windows built-in format operation that you may format your drive by right click, format.
  2. Format raw drive in disk management
  3. Format raw drive with a disk formatter freeware - IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free, Easeus Partition Master.
  4. Format raw drive with low level formatting tools

More format tools on this page: 8 free ways to format device

freeAlso read -> how to fix drive raw file system

Updated on May 10, 2021

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