Fix 'CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drive/USB/SD Card' Error

Do you know how to fix 'RAW' error on your SD card, USB or hard drive when the CHKDSK is not working for repairing RAW file system issue on your Windows PC? This tutorial article will guide you to recover RAW drive data with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and successfully resolve the 'CHKDSK is not available for RAW drive/USB/SD card' error.

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Two Methods to Fix/Repair 'CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drive/USB/SD' Error:

CHKDSK is not available for the RAW drive, USB or SD card, how to fix?

"My USB flash drive suddenly showed as not formatted on my computer the other day. The Windows system reminded me that the ‘CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives’ while I was trying to run CHKDSK command to fix the RAW file system error on my USB drive in Windows 10. 

I couldn’t directly format the USB drive since I’ve got many useful files saved on the drive. So I want to know is there a way that can help me convert the RAW USB drive to NTFS without losing any data when the CHKDSK is not available?"

chkdsk is not available for raw drives

Usually, when the USB or other storage devices become RAW, the direct solution is to format the device directly. To achieve the goal, CHKDSK command is an ideal solution. But now the CHKDSK is not working along with the error, what else can you do to resolve this problem? Just follow the tutorial steps here below to restore your data from the RAW device and change the file system from RAW to a proper file system, such as NTFS/FAT32...

The most recommended safe way to fix a RAW drive should be: [step 1] Recover RAW drive data; [step 2] check and repair RAW drives with other error checking tools; [3] Reformat the RAW drive to remove CHKDSK not available error.

1. Restore Data from RAW Drive/USB/SD Card

To restore data from the RAW storage device like USB, SD card, etc. you’ll need the help of best hard drive data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. 

This software supports to deep scan and find all existing and lost data on RAW USB, SD card or even hard drive with simple clicks on Windows 11/10/8/7. You can just download and install this software, and follow the tips here below to get data out of RAW storage drive now.

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Step 1. Select and scan the RAW partition

If the RAW partition contains a partition label, you can directly select it and click "Scan" to look for the lost files. 

If the RAW partition lost its label, it will be recognized as "Lost Partition", just select the "Lost Partition" and click "Scan" to find the lost data.

select RAW partition and click scan

Step 2. Preview found data from the scan result

When the scanning completes, find the lost files in "Other Lost Files" folder. You can also use "Files Lost Original Name" or "Tags" to locate the files in RAW partition. "Filter" > "Type" can help you to locate a specific type of file.

Then, check and double-click to preview found files. 

scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Recover found data from RAW partition

Select all found files and click "Recover" to get all the data back.

Select another secure location to save the found data and click "OK" to start the RAW recovery.

recover all found data from RAW partition

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Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

2. Fix/Repair 'CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drive/USB/SD' Error

After restoring data from the RAW USB/SD card, you can now find methods here to repair and fix the ‘CHKDSK is not available’ error now.

Method 1. Run Disk Error Checking to fix the CHKDSK not available error

Step 1: Open Windows Explorer and right-click on the RAW USB or SD card, select 'Properties'.

Step 2: Click the 'Tools' tab and select Check under Error checking.

Step 3: Click Scan drive to start run Disk Error Checking and fix the CHKDSK not available error.

Check and repair disk error that cause RAW error on USB/SD card.

Just wait for the process to complete and you should be able to access your USB or SD card by then.

Method 2. Fix CHKDSK not available issue with CHKDSK alternative tool 

The other efficient way to fix the CHKDSK not available error is to apply a CHKDSK alternative tool for help. Here we’d like to recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master which will effectively help you remove the CHKDSK is not working error from your storage device on Windows 11/10/8/7.

It will directly help you repair bad sectors and fix corrupted file system on your USB, SD card with its check partition feature by simple clicks.

Format and reset the RAW drive/USB/SD file system to NTFS

After removing the bad sectors and repairing the corrupted file system from RAW drive or USB, you can then follow the guidelines below to format and reset the RAW USB/SD card file system to NTFS.

Step 1: Connect the RAW USB/SD card/external hard drive to your PC.

Step 2: Open Windows Explorer and right-click on the RAW drive, select Format.

Step 3:  Reset the file system to NTFS or FAT32, then click OK to confirm the operation.

format raw drives, usb and sd cards in windows explorer

Wait for the process to complete and then you'll be able to use the USB, SD card, or external hard drive to save data again.

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