CHKDSK is an inbuilt disk repair tool available in DOS, OS/2 and Windows system. Using this, you can verify the file system integrity of a volume and fix logical file system errors of your drive.
But, what if this inbuilt disk repair utility itself gives error whilst repairing the drive? Yes, most of Windows users come across CHKDSK Is Not Available for Raw Drives error while repairing the hard disk; hence lost their entire data saved on the drive.
So, in this informative article let’s look at the causes and solutions for the error CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives.
In general, when you run CHKDSK tool, it looks for the logical integrity of drive’s File System. And, it fixes the logical inconsistencies in the File System if it finds. Meanwhile, if the volume/File System information is unavailable or in a RAW state then CHKDSK gives error “CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives”.
Step 1: Remove all malware by running an antivirus scan on your drive, which is giving the error.
Step 2: Use CHKDSK x: /r in place of CHKDSK x: /f (in CMD).
Step 3: Reformat the drive
Caution: Reformatting will erase the entire data from your drive.
Since formatting wipes entire files from your disk drive, it is suggested to copy your data from the error showing drive to a safe backup device; before you perform the third solution. In case, you cannot recover files from RAW drive manually, make use of Remo Recover.
Tool to Recover Files When CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives:
When a disk or partition turns RAW because of partition table corruption, hard drive failure, improper handling, virus, power surge, corrupt MBR or due to frequently changing the file system etc. the files stored in it become inaccessible. At times, if you run CHKDSK, you may encounter an error message saying "The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives". In such situations, you need to use Remo Recover RAW drive recovery software to recover files from the RAW drive before fixing the CHKDSK error. It's a proficient tool which recovers data from RAW drives in a quick and secure way.
Remo Recover Pro Edition is designed with advanced algorithms to handle such errors. The software thoroughly scans your RAW drive and securely extracts all files from it. The tool supports data recovery from RAW USB drive, memory card, external hard drive, pen drive and more.
Further, it provides free demo version for you to check whether the lost files are recoverable from the RAW drive or RAW file system before activating the software. This freeware works well for all data loss scenarios including accidental deletion, system crash, format, software conflicts or other. Moreover, it supports retrieval of 300+ file formats like photos, videos, RAW images, PDF document, movies, Office files – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, archives – ZIP, RAR and so on.
Step 1: Run Remo Recover and click on Recover Drives button on the main screen.
Step 2: Next, select Formatted/Reformatted Recovery option. Choose the drive which is showing CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives error upon scanning. And, mark all its found partitions.
Step 3: The software scans the selected drive completely and displays the list of all recoverable files in File Type View and Data View.
Step 4: Browse a safe storage location and click on Save button to save the recovered files from the RAW drive. (suggested not to save on the same drive from where data is retrieved).
Now, your data is safe. So, you can proceed to reformat the RAW drive in Disk Management for further use.