CHKDSK To Fix SD Card And Chkdsk Is Unable to Recover RAW Micro SD Card Solution

Part1: Repair SD card with chkdsk

The Concern: How do I run chkdsk to fix corrupted sd card?

The Answer: Chkdsk is able to repair sd card for some logical errors with the following steps:

  • Insert sd card with a memory card reader, and open THIS PC to see which drive letter it has on your pc, here we suppose the sd card shows drive H as an example for the following steps.
  • Open run, right click and go with admin privileges
  • Type 'chkdsk h: /f' when J is the volume number of your sd card that you need to replace h with your own sd card driver number here, for example if your sd card shows E in your computer, you need to replace it with chkdsk E: /fchkdsk repair raw sd card

Video - how to repair sd card with CHKDSK

The question: Can chkdsk fix raw sd card? How do I fix sd card when chkdsk cannot fix raw sd card?

Solution: Diskpart shall be used to replace chkdsk for fixing raw sd card When chkdsk failed to work on raw sd card said: "The type of the file system is RAW. Chkdsk is not available for raw drives."

chkdsk not available for raw drives

Also read: chkdsk is not available for raw drives

Part 2 - Solution for chkdsk is not available for raw sd card

Diskpart cmd is able to help change raw sd card to its correct file system.

When chkdsk is not working for raw sd card, or when chkdsk cannot run on sd card, this following steps would help fix the sd card and get sd card work again.

  • Insert sd card or micro sd card to computer with a card reader to the card slot
  • Open run from start icon on the left corner of your computer, and type 'chkdsk' in the blank, click OKdiskpart open
  • Type the following command lines in order (Basically you need to know what drive letter your sd card has on your computer, remove unnecessary attributes and regenerate it with diskpart format lines)diskpart clean sd card

Also read: how to fix raw sd card without formatting

Video - how to fix chkdsk is not available for raw sd card

Also read: chkdsk is not vailable for raw memory card fix

Better Tool Than Diskpart: IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free

Not easy with Diskpart command? We would recommend free tool IM-Magic Partition Resizer which is able to fix sd card with easy to manage user interface.

How this free tool can help fix sd card? Try it with the following steps.

  • Download and run the free tool, insert your sd card to pc with a card reader
  • Right click the sd card in free tool IM-Magic Partition Resizer, and then choose FORMAT PARTITION option to format your sd cardformat tool
  • If it cannot be formatted, you may use its another function CHECK PARTITION to repair this sd cardformat toolrepair sd card tool
  • If it still won't work, you may use this free tool to remove sd card write protection by right clicking the sd card in the softwarerepair sd card tool

Data Recovery from RAW Micro SD Card

CHKDSK can help check and fix some errors, but it is unable to recover files from a RAW sd card or raw micro SD card.

If you have important data stored on your micro SD card that turned to RAW file system, you can use iCare Data Recovery software to perform micro SD card data recovery.

download data recovery software

Step1. Run the data recovery software and choose a recovery module.

select recovery mode

Step2. Choose the micro SD card as aim disk so that the software can scan it.

wait while scanning

Step3. Preview the pictures when scanning is completed. Then, recover the files lost from the micro SD card.

preview found photo


Please do not format the RAW micro SD card in your phone or computer before data recovery.

Also read: raw sd card data recovery

User Stories

"I realized that my micro SD card changed to RAW file system when I inserted it to my PC. Windows XP system says micro SD card is not formatted error. Since I cannot format the card, I tried to run CHKDSK to check and repair the error, but I received another message saying CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives. What can I do to recover data from the RAW micro SD card?"

"My 8GB micro SD card is corrupted in my Android phone. I have attached it to my laptop which runs under Windows 7 operating system, but it prevents me from opening the card. I have run CHKDSK but it says micro SD card has RAW file system. The card previously has FAT32 file system, but it is corrupted to RAW with unknown reasons. I want to know if there is any free data recovery tool for corrupted microSD card recovery when CHKDSK does not work."

CHKDSK Converting RAW Micro SD Card to FAT32

"My micro SD card suddenly stopped working normally when I was viewing pictures on my cell phone. My phone said there is no micro SD card. After rebooting my phone and resetting the micro SD card, phone still could not recognize the card. Then, I connected the micro SD card to my computer and system recognized it as a RAW drive. How can I recover data from RAW drive?"

A micro SD card will turn to RAW file system due to many reasons including virus attack, bad sectors, etc. As long as the micro SD card is not physically damaged, you can format the card to convert its file system from RAW to FAT32.

diskpart clean sd card

How to Avoid RAW Error on MicroSD?

1. Use the micro SD card properly to protect it from being infected with virus
2. Remove micro SD card from phone properly
3. Avoid removing microSD card during data transferring or writing

Also read: 7 free memory card repair software

Last updated on Nov 28, 2023

Related Articles

Hot Articles

Best File Recovery Software > Howto Articles > Fix Errors > Card Recovery Free > CHKDSK Wont Help Recover RAW Micro SD Card