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How to Fix/Repair RAW SD Card

Updated on Nov 08, 2018 by Abby Haines to Storage Media Recovery

Summary

Are you trying to find a way to fix "SD card with RAW format" error? Here, you can learn how to repair a RAW SD card using CMD with a RAW SD card recovery solution that allows you to get all important data from the RAW card before formatting.

What can you do to fix or repair RAW SD card without losing data?

Sometimes, the file system of your SD card might get damaged or corrupted and become RAW. When it happens, Windows will prevent you from opening the device and ask you to format the SD card, prompting you with an "SD card blank or has unsupported file system" error every time when you are trying to access any file inside. If you are unfortunately caught in such a situation, how do you fix or repair RAW SD card while keeping all your files?

On this page, we will introduce an easy and efficient RAW SD card recovery solution to you. With it, you are allowed to format RAW SD card without losing data. If you have no reliable method to fix an SD card with RAW format issue, please read the following solution and fix the RAW issue on disk partitions, external hard drives, USB flash drives, pen drives, etc. 

Method 1. Using CMD To Repair RAW SD Card Without Formatting

Usually, when you think your SD card is corrupted or has become RAW, you can try to fix it using the chkdsk utility in CMD command prompt. As a free Windows' built-in file system repair tool, it is your first choice to repair damaged or RAW SD card. Here's how to do:

Open up command prompt (start->run->cmd.exe) and type:
chkdsk /X /F
(For example, your SD card reader is X:\ drive, so you would use the following command: chkdsk /X /F X:)

Finish all the steps, CMD will help you fix RAW SD card successfully while keeping all your data if you are lucky. But sometimes, you might get an error message "The type of the file system is RAW". "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives". Then you'll need to try another way to fix RAW SD card. 

Method 2. Recover Data And Format RAW SD Card For Repair 

RAW SD card recovery using third-party RAW recovery software is another way you can try to fix RAW SD card. With powerful data recovery capacity and a wizard-like interface, EaseUS disk data recovery is recommended. It can help you effectively recover data from disk partition, external hard drive, USB flash drive, pen drive, etc with the RAW format in three simple steps. After RAW SD card data recovery, you can format the RAW SD card to repair or fix it for reuse without worrying about losing data. 

To recover data from RAW SD card, follow these steps:

Stop using your SD card immediately once you lost files on it. Continuing using the card would hugely increase the chance of data overwriting, which makes data unrecoverable.

Step 1: Connect the SD card to PC

Insert the SD card to a card reader, and connect the card reader with your SD card to a healthy computer.

Step 2: Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card under the External Devices column.
  • Then click Scan to start finding lost data on your SD card now.
Run SD card recovery software.

Step 3: Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can preview and find your lost SD card files from below listed tabs:

  • Deleted Files: List your deleted files there.
  • Drive X: All lost files can be found here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: Finds files that lost names or paths.

And you can use Filter and Search to quickly find your files.

Find lost SD card files.

Step 4: Restore SD card data.

  • You can check and preview found files by double-clicking each one of them.
  • Then click Recover to save found SD card files to a secure location on your PC or an external storage.
Restore lost SD card files.