How to use Diskpart to fix RAW partition?

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery on December 7th, 2017

Hi all! I have a laptop drive here with 3 partitions, the main data partition has somehow became RAW. My Windows 7 computer doesn't even attempt to access it (it is found in Disk Management but can do nothing more with it). Is there any way that I can fix this RAW partition without deleting the data?

All file storage devices, including external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, are vulnerable and prone to becoming RAW. As you already know, while CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives, Diskpart command line is another chance to fix RAW partition.

In this article, we will give you step-by-step guide to fix RAW partition using Diskpart. Besides, we will also give you a more reliable method to recover data from RAW partition with iBoysoft Data Recovery, considering Diskpart might fail to fix RAW partition.

How to use Diskpart to fix RAW partition?

Disclaimer: Diskpart command line can fix RAW partition and convert RAW to NTFS or other Windows file systems you want. But it also wipes all data saved on the partition. Therefore, if you do care about files on the partition, you should recover data from the RAW partition at first. If not, you can skip the data recovery process below.

Step 1: Use free RAW partition data recovery software

iBoysoft Data Recovery is free data recovery software that performs very well in RAW file system data recovery on hard drive, external HDD, USB flash drive, SD card data recovery, memory card, pen drive, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server. 2016/2012/2008/2003.

step-by-step guide to recover data from RAW partition with iBoysoft Data Recovery

1. Free download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery.

2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, choose RAW partition and click "Next".

Recover data from RAW partition

3. Select needed files, and then click "Recover".

Besides RAW partition/drive data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover deleted files, recover data from inaccessible drive, recover data from corrupted drive, recover data from unrecognized drive, recovers data from formatted drive, deleted/lost partition, etc. This software utility supports FAT, NTFS and EXT file systems.

Step 2: Try Diskpart to fix RAW partition

After we have got all lost files back, it's time to Diskpart to fix RAW partition without worrying about data loss.

Step 1: Click Start and search "diskpart".

Step 2: Right click on "diskpart" and then click on "Run as Administrator".

Step 3: Type "list volume" to list all the available partitions and drives, then press Enter. According to the listed disk/partition information, identify which drive/partition you want to clean. For example, F is your target partition you want to select and it's Volume 3 in the list.

Step 4: Now type "select Volume 3" and press Enter. Be sure to choose the correct drive/partition.

Step 5: Type "format fs=ntfs quick" and press Enter.

Step 6: Type "exit" and press Enter to close the command prompt.

If these Diskpart commands process successfully, it may have fixed RAW partition by converting it to NTFS file system.

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Brief introduction of RAW partition

A RAW partition means a partition with unknown file system. File system is the way and data structure for operating system to clear and definite files saved on the storage devices. If Windows operating system cannot recognize the file system of a partition, nobody is able to access the files stored in this partition.

Most of time, a RAW partition often occurs due to virus infection, partition table damage, bad sectors, file system structural damage, disk damage, unexpected power outage and more.

About Diskpart command line

DiskPart is a powerful command-line utility that has been part of Windows for a long time, and it allows you to manage storage devices, partitions, and volumes with features that other tools such as Format or Disk Management can't fix. Of course, Diskpart command line is helpful to fix RAW partition.

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