What Can You Do When Windows Cannot Format a RAW USB Stick

You might receive message that USB stick has to be formatted in order to use again, but what should you do when Windows failed to format a RAW USB stick?

Related questions:

"Is it possible to recover data from USB stick when it turns to RAW file system and Windows was unable to format it from RAW to FAT32? This USB stick is very important to me, so I really want to get a useful solution for the RAW file system fixing and recover all inaccessible data. Thanks for your kind help!"

"I have a problem with my USB stick because it changes to RAW format on my computer. If I cannot convert RAW to FAT32 for this USB stick, I will lose all data. I have tried to connect this USB stick to another two computers, but I did not find a useful to access it. I also tried to format the USB stick, but finally the format was not completed. What should I do to get back from a RAW USB stick?"

"What will you do if Windows cannot complete the format when you attempt to format a RAW USB stick to FAT32? Is there any other way to convert RAW file system to FAT32 without formatting? Can I restore inaccessible files after if I can successfully format RAW USB stick?"

"My USB stick wants to reformat when I attach it to my laptop, but windows failed to format it due to some reasons. Now, what to do to fix the USB stick not formatted error?"

Data Recovery When Windows Cannot Format RAW USB Stick

Windows cannot complete format a RAW USB stick because the file system of the USB stick is corrupted. However, at least, your USB stick can still be detected by PC, in which situation you just need to rely on data recovery software to extract files off the RAW USB stick. iCare Data Recovery is available for data recovery from USB stick when it says RAW format and cannot be formatted, so you can follow the steps below to perform data recovery now:

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Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on your computer. Start the software and choose a proper scan mode.

select recovery mode

Step2. Select the RAW USB stick and let the software scan it for lost data.

wait while scanning

Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning and then save them to another drive rather than the RAW USB stick.

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You can do something else when Windows cannot format your RAW USB stick. For example, you can run Windows Error-checking tool to see if the USB stick has bad blocks. In addition, you can also run anti-virus software to check if the USB stick is infected with virus. Sometimes, virus infection might disable you to format your USB stick. If you insist on formatting the RAW USB stick when Windows failed to do so, you can also rely on professional format tool to get the USB stick formatted.

CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW USB Drive

When Windows cannot format a RAW USB drive, you may run CHKDSK tool for RAW USB flash drive fixing. It can check whether there is any bad sector or error on the USB flash drive.

==>> To get methods to fix the problem when CHKDSK fails to check the USB drive, please go to this page - CHKDSK is not available for RAW USB flash drive>>

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