How to Recover Raw File System When CHKDSK Reports Raw?
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 (short for Checkdisk) is a command on computers running DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows operating systems that displays the file system integrity status of hard disks and floppy disk and can fix logical file system errors. It is similar to the fsck command in Unix.
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 demo version for you to check if your lost files are recoverable from raw file system.
With friendly user interface, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard has three modules on its window as follow: "Deleted File Recovery" is for recovering deleted data; "Partition Recovery" for recovering data from lost or damaged partition and "Complete Recovery" for data recovery from raw file system, format, system crash, etc.
To do raw file system recovery when chkdsk reports raw, you need to choose "Complete Recovery". You can see the step-by-step instructions from Best Solution for RAW Files Recovery.
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