The Type of File System is RAW – How to Solve the Problem

Summary

If your computer reports the type of file system of your storage is raw, do you know how to fix it?This article is about how to repair your device when the type of file system is raw. This solution works for SD memory card, USB flash drive, external hard disk drive, internal hard disk, etc.

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The Type of File System Is Raw on Hard Drive/External Drive

If your computer reports that your disk drive needs to be formatted when you insert the USB flash drive, SD memory card, external hard disk drive or other external drive into your computer, your storage device probably gets a raw file system error.

The Type of File System Is Raw CHKDSK

When the type of file system is raw, your device is inaccessible and can not be recognized by your computer system. And CHKDSK will tell you "The type of the file system is raw. CHKDSK is not available for raw drive."

What Happened When System Say the Type of File System Is Raw on Windows 10/7

There are many reasons can cause your USB flash drive/SD memory card/external hard drive becomes raw, if you interrupt the formatting on the device, eject the device while transferring data, get virus infection, run improper operation on the device, get a system crash, or do other things bad for the device, it may becomes raw, sometimes, even you did nothing, your device just turn to raw drive somehow. When that happens, what can we do to fix it?

The Type of File System Is Raw How to Fix It with CMD

When your device turns to raw drive, it becomes inaccessible, so you need to convert it to FAT32 or NTFS. FAT 32 and NTFS are the normal file systems used by Windows users. You can format your device to FAT 32 or NTFS file system to fix the raw drive.

CMD command line can perform a format and converting on your system, you can follow the instructions to fix the raw file system error.

Attention:You need to be very careful during the process, even a small mistake can make big problems, and get things worse, so when you use CMD to convert file system to FAT32 or NTFS, please pay attention to that.

Step1: Run CMD.

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Step2: Type"format F: /fs:fat32"(F is the drive letter of your RAW SD memory card)

After these steps, you can convert your device file system into FAT32, but this operation will format your disk, which means your data will all be erased.

Raw File System Recovery without Data Loss

If you have important data on your device, you need to recover the data first, but how? If you didn’t make a backup at another place, you can try a data recovery tool to make it.

iCare Data Recovery pro is a useful data recovery program, which is safe and effective. It has helped me many times. It can recover data from many kinds of devices, including USB flash drive, SD memory card, external hard drive, PC, smart phone.

If your computer uses Windows system, you don’t need to worry about the system compatibility problem, iCare Data Recovery supports all the Windows system. You can download a free version to fix the error when the type of file system is raw Windows 10/7/8/vista.

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Instructions of Raw File System Data Recovery

Step 1: Install the program on your computer. Run the program and choose Deep Scan Recovery mode.

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Step 2: Choose your device to scan.

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Step 3: Preview the found data.

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Step 4: Choose your needed data and save to another place. DO NOT save data to the raw drive.

Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format?

Sometimes when you want to format a raw drive, you will get into trouble to complete the format, Windows may reports that "Windows was unable to complete the format." As I've talked about how to format raw drive to FAT32, you can try it as the instructions above. And you can also try a professional format tool to help you.

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You can download a safe formatter to complete the format, here is a good one:https://www.icareall.com/download/formatter.exe

Tips:

After you recovered the data and fixed the raw drive, you’d better get a new USB flash drive or hard drive, because it can get corrupted again.

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