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[Fixed] ReFS Volume Showing As RAW

Updated on Monday, April 29, 2024

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How to Fix ReFS Volume Showing As RAW Without Losing Data

Summary: When you find the ReFS volume showing as RAW, you need to fix it immediately. If you don't know how to operate it, this tutorial from iBoysoft is for you. It offers some methods to fix this issue, including data recovery tips.

How to Fix ReFS Volume Showing As RAW Without Losing Data

After Windows Update last night, Windows Server 2019 wouldn't mount a storage space volume as ReFS (it appears as RAW). The error in the ReFS event log is "ReFS failed to mount the volume. Version 1.2 doesn't match expected value 3.4" No issues that I can see at the storage space level (it is a mirrored disk). The volume was working fine before Windows Update and the reboot. Another ReFS volume still works fine after the update. Any clues? I could not find this error mentioned anywhere else. Thanks.

ReFS is a file system designed by Microsoft that aims to keep the integrity of data, protect resiliency against corruption, and maximize the availability of data. It's an update to NTFS that can address problems with NTFS.

Sometimes, you may fail to mount your ReFS volume and you can't access data stored on it as you are prompted to format your drive, or you receive some error messages warning you that your drive might be corrupted or the drive is not accessible and does not contain a recognized file system. If your PC shows these errors, it indicates your ReFS volume showing as RAW.

You may wonder to know why your ReFS volume showing as RAW, how to fix it, and how to recover data from it. Don't worry about that. Just keep reading and you will find the answer you want.

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Why is your ReFS volume showing as RAW?

RAW file system indicates the state of your hard drive with an unknown file system or without a file system. When your volume or disk shows as RAW, the data stored on it becomes inaccessible and Windows can't recognize or read your drive. In other words, the file system of the drive is missing or corrupted.

There are kinds of reasons why your ReFS volume showing as RAW and we list them below.

  • Corrupted ReFS volume
  • Hard drive issues
  • Incompatible or outdated Windows

Recover data from ReFS volume showing as RAW

If your ReFS volume shows the RAW file system and can't be fixed by CHKDSK, your disk might be seriously damaged. At this time, you can try to convert the RAW file system to any other Windows-available file system like NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc.

Obviously, you need to format your ReFS volume, which will make you lose all the data stored on it. So, backing up or recovering your data before formatting is the primary choice. You can choose to use iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows for help, which can not only help you recover lost files but also fix slight logical damages on your disk.

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Fix the RAW partition/volume

With a powerful and advanced algorithm, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows designed a feature called Fix Drive which can fix minor logical errors and turn the RAW file system into a recognized file system and all files will be restored without recovery.

Step 1: Download, install, and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows.

Step 2: Choose the RAW Drive Recovery module.

Choose Raw Drive Recovery

Step 3: Select your ReFS volume with a red bar in the list.

Select the Raw drive

Step 4: Click Next and Preview whether the files stored on it are corrupted.

Preview the files

Step 5: If you are sure that your files are intact, click Fix Drive.

Wait for the process to finish and then quit the software to check whether your ReFS volume has been fixed and all the data has been restored.

Recover data from ReFS volume

If your ReFS volume can't be fixed using Fix Drive, you can keep performing RAW Data Recovery using iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows. It will thoroughly scan your RAW volume to find recoverable files and find lost partitions on your drive. With the latest upgrade of iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows, you can use it to find all the files you lost in the RAW drive with a deep scan.

  1. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows.
  2. Choose the Data Recovery module.
  3. Select your ReFS volume and click Next to start scanning. 
    Scan for lost data
  4. Filter the scanning results and preview deleted files after the scanning process completes.
    Preview the scanning result
  5. Click Recover and save the recovered files on a different drive.

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Methods to fix ReFS volume showing as RAW

Except for using third-party software to fix ReFS volume showing as RAW, here are some other solutions you can use.

Uninstall KB5009557

Windows has specific security updates that often generate a bug rendering REFS volume as RAW. Therefore, uninstalling KB5009557 resolves the issue by reinstalling your REFS volume to default.

  1. Go to the Start Menu and then turn to Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates.
  3. Find Update for Microsoft Windows KB5009557.
  4. Right-click it and select Uninstall from the drop-down menu.

Uninstall KB5009557

Then, follow the on-screen instructions to operate. After that, your ReFS volume will be reinstalled and you can try to mount the ReFS volume to check whether the file system is RAW or not.

Enable integrity streams for file data

A corrupted file system will result in the ReFS volume showing as RAW. So, you can try to enable an integrity stream for file data to check corrupted and missing files and fix the error.

  1. Press Win + I to open Settings and then open Command Prompt.
  2. Press Win + Shift + Enter to open Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
  3. Type in the following two commands and then tap on Enter after every command.
    C:\> Get-Item 'C:\' | Set-FileIntegrity -Enable $TrueC:\> Get-ChildItem -Recurse 'C:\' | Set-FileIntegrity -Enable $True

Enable integrity streams for file data

After that, exit Command Prompt and then remount your ReFS volume to check whether the issue has been fixed.

Update the latest version of ReFS

Incompatible or outdated versions of ReFS may not supported by Windows. Windows does not support the ReFS 1. x version from February 2022. So, try to update ReFS and then check whether the file system still shows as RAW.

Update the latest version of ReFS