How to fix “chkdsk is not available for raw drives” error

  • Summary:
    This page explains error “This type of file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives” which might happen when you run chkdsk command and offers the solutions on fixing the chkdsk raw drives error without losing any data.

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    What is RAW file system?
    RAW means the partition is not ready to be accessed or explored. So it is not an accepted file system in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, etc. A disk can turn to RAW due to files system damage. Thus RAW drive brings about data loss issue as it cannot be opened.
    Why chkdsk is not available for RAW drives
    CHKDSK, short name for check disk, is used in Windows to scan hard drive and find problem which is a useful utility for disk maintenance and troubleshooting. However, since chkdsk command fails to repair file system errors, RAW file system is no longer repairable. You need to recreate file system instead of repairing it.
    Therefore, we have to format RAW drive to create new file system for the corrupted partition. Formatting can be done in Windows Explorer or Disk Management , but Formatting is going to erase all data off the RAW drive, which means you’ll lose everything. Thus it’s not recommended to format it if there are important files in RAW drive. The first and foremost step is recovering data from RAW disk.
    How to recover data from RAW disk?
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