My external hard drive suddenly became inaccessible. When I try to open it, I got a message "The drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" After that, I ran CHKDSK hoping to repair it by myself. But an error message pops up "The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives". I have saved lots of important photos and working files on the drive. Is there any way using which I can fix "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" error and get my lost data back?
You may have also encountered trouble like the above: when accessing a drive, the Operating System reminds you to format it. As is known to all, format will delete all data inside the drive, so you shouldn't do that if there are any useful data on the drive. Some users prefer to use CHKDSK, the built-in tool on Windows, to scan and repair drives. But actually, this inner tool always fails to work when facing complex problems.
If you are annoyed by getting "The type of file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" error, there is no need to be panic any more. This passage will tell you why CHKDSK reports RAW file system error, offer you solution to fix/repair "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" error and recover data from RAW drive with the best data recovery software.
Why CHKDSK reports RAW file system error?
A drive becomes RAW when its file system goes wrong or can't be recognized by the Operating System. Under that condition, data inside the drive is not accessible. If the drive is severely damaged or corrupted, it's impossible to fix it by using CHKDSK and you will be told that "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives".
The reason why a drive becomes RAW varies greatly, such as corrupted or damaged file system, unsafe ejection, sudden power failure, unexpected shutdown, bad sectors, virus infection.
Two steps to fix/repair "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" error
As CHKDSK can't repair RAW drive, you need to format the RAW drive by assign a new file system to it. But if you have useful data inside the RAW drive, the first priority is to recover data from RAW drive.
Step 1: Recover data from RAW drive with data recovery software
All you need is iBoysoft Data Recovery, the best data recovery software that can help you to recover data from RAW hard drive, RAW external hard drive, RAW USB drive, RAW SD card, RAW memory card, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from formatted, inaccessible, corrupted drive, recover data from deleted or lost partition, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.
Follow the steps below to get your lost data back:
1. Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on the PC.
2. Connect your RAW drive to the PC, and then launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.
3. Select the RAW drive where you want to recover data, and click "Next" to start scanning for lost files.
4. Preview the scanning results, choose the lost files and click "Recover" to get them back.
5. Go over to ensure all lost files have been successfully restored.
Step 2: Fix/repair "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" error by format
After successfully restoring lost files, you can fix "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives" error by format. The RAW drive can be formatted to FAT32, exFAT or NTFS file system by using disk management, Windows built-in format tool or any third-party format tool. This error will be fixed after format completes.
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