How to recover files when "Chkdsk is not available for FAT/NTFS RAW drives"?
A real case from a customer and we offered help
Not quite sure what triggered this issue but I have recently been unable to access (play media or music, delete, modify) any files on my internal SATA slave drive (B :\). Everything seems to work ok on the internal primary drive (C :\). Recent files are held on C:\, and then transferred to B:\ for archiving, back-up or when C:\ is running low on space.
I read somewhere that perhaps the permissions or User Controls have been messed up. I disabled User Account Control in Vista and tried to modify permissions, as they were not the same as the directories permissions on the C:\ drive. It worked for most files, but some are still inaccessible, I get the I/O error.
I tried to run a chkdsk on B:\ and get the error "Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives". But the drives are both listed as NTFS in the Disk Management System.
Any thoughts on how to get the disk working again, or recover the existing data? As it stands I cannot even copy files to C:\ to try and recover them.
Free data recovery software to recover data when chkdsk is not available
We would like to recommend a free data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition to recover data when such problem occurs. EaseUS data recovery software will in most cases handle such a situation pretty well. It solves all data loss problems - recover files emptied from Recycle Bin, or lost due to software crash, formatted or damaged hard drive, virus attack, lost partition and other unknown reasons under Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7/8/8.1.
How to recover data when chkdsk is not available?
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover. Then click "Next" button to move to the next step.
Step 2. Select the disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files. If you lost your partition, select "Lost Disk Drives" and "Scan" to continue the recovery process.
Step 3. After scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable files one by one and select out those you want. Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once. Here you should save all the recovered files on another disk to avoid data overwriting.