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How to Recover Raw File System When CHKDSK Reports Raw?

Posted by Jean to Storage Media Recovery 2016-08-16


The error message The type of the file system is raw and chkdsk is not available for raw drives can be well solved by EaseUS drive data recovery software, which allows you to recover data from raw file system or raw drives with no hassle.


When you attempt to run chkdsk, you receive the error message "This type of file system is RAW. Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives." Anyway, what is wrong with the drive? Supposed the drive has so many important files stored on it, and a chkdsk tool will complain that it is unable to perform a raw file system recovery; how can you recover and rescue files from the raw file system when chkdsk reports raw? Data recovery software, like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, deals with such raw recovery situation pretty well in most cases.

Chkdsk reports raw

Chkdsk.exe is the command-line interface for the CHKDSK program, which verifies the logical integrity of a file system. If CHKDSK encounters logical inconsistencies in file system data, CHKDSK performs actions that repair the file system data (assuming that the data is not in read-only mode).

While if the volume system type information is unavailable, attempting chkdsk against the volume will result in the following message:
The type of the filesystem is RAW.
Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives.
Sometimes, the drive fails in such a way that it becomes RAW, which usually caused by a sudden power failure, stop error or virus attack.

Raw recovery solution to "chkdsk reports raw"

Tools that can help you recover lost files from raw file system are not provided as standard in any operating system. So you will need to use data recovery software, which understands the internals of the system used to store files on a disk (the file system), and uses this knowledge to locate the raw disk space that was occupied by the lost files. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard gives you an indication of recovering a file intact, and even provide free trial version for you to check if your lost files are recoverable from raw file system.

With friendly user interface, EaseUS disk data recovery software can help you recover raw file system with ease. 

chkdsk reports raw, raw recovery with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

To do raw file system recovery when chkdsk reports raw, you are recommended to choose "Deep Scan". It can help you fully find all your lost files. You can see the step-by-step instructions from Best Solution for RAW Files Recovery.