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Fix: The Volume Does Not Contain A Recognized File System in Windows 10/8/7

Updated on Nov 05, 2018 by Abby Haines to Resource

Summary

Received 'The volume does not contain a recognized file system' in USB/external hard drive/partition in your computer? Relax and just follow to recover data from RAW hard drive or inaccessible USB/external hard drive/SD card etc devices with EaseUS RAW drive recovery software now.

About "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" error

Sometimes, when you plugged in an external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card or some other storage devices into your Windows computer, Windows prompts "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

You need to format the disk before you can use it. Do you want to format it

You might click Cancel to refuse to format the disk or card if there are some important data files. Then Windows will prompt "Drive G:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted." This is how usually "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" error occurs in Windows 10/8/7.

The volume does not contain a recognized file system

To fix "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" error in Windows 10/8/7 without losing data, you should first figure out why this error happens. As we know, the possible reason is the RAW file system which is not really a type of file system but presents a problem of your drive. It typically occurs when the file system type information is missing or inconsistent between several system tables. Such an issue often happens if you have ever forcibly unplugged your external hard drive from the computer without "Safely removing" them first. 

Fix "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" error and recover data

After figuring out what results in "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" error, fixing it without data loss becomes quite easy. All you need to do at this point is to find a raw drive recovery software to get back the files, then format the device and copy the recovered data back to the device. Offering powerful and easy RAW recovery solution, EaseUS file recovery software allows you to recover your data from the RAW drive before formatting or changing RAW to NTFS/FAT32 file system. It is the best way to solve "Drive is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system" issue in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003.

1. Recover data from devices with "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" error

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost data on an external hard drive, USB or SD card, connect the device to your PC firstly.

Step 2. Run the data recovery software and scan lost data.

1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
2. Select the device where you lost data under "Hard Disk Drives", "External Devices" or "Specify a location".
3. Click "Scan" to start scanning the lost data now.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore data.

1. After the scanning, you can double-click each file to preview them from below tabs:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads found files here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Extra Files: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Preview lost data.

After this, you can even use "Filter" or "Search" to quickly find all your lost data.

2. Finally, you can choose those lost data and specify a safe location on your PC to complete the data recovery process by clicking "Recover" now.

Restore lost data.

2. Fix and repair disk with 'the volume does not contain recognized file system' error

After restoring data from devices which are not accessible or cannot be recognized, you can now follow below steps to repair and fix devices such as external hard drive, USB drive, SD card or hard drive partition etc and repair the file system to be recognizable/detectable again:

  • Right-click This PC/My Computer > Manage > Disk Management;
  • Right-click on the RAW drive, USB/SD card etc > Format Volume > Reset File System (NTFS/FAT32 etc.) and rename the device;
  • Click Finish to complete 'the volume does not contain recognized file system' error repair process on storage devices.