Fixes for ‘The Type of the File System Is RAW, CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives’

CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives

The error mentioning ‘The type of the file system is RAW, CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives’ usually takes place in your system when you try to use CHKDSK command to fix the partition of computer, repair disk error or repair the problematic sectors of your Windows computer.


Are you getting the similar kind of message as shown in the image above? Let’s decode the error and ways to fix it one by one by scrolling through the blog below.

What Does The Error ‘CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives’ Mean?

Let’s talk it straight, the command CHKDSK cannot be used on your drive with RAW format. This means that the Windows operating system cannot check the disk on the drive. However, you can also note that Windows command does not work on RAW drives as they are not accessible.

If we decode RAW format, it is a drive which is not formatted in any readable system like NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT. However, you can note down that sometimes a drive becomes RAW because of a corrupted file system or bad sections. The data available on the drive becomes unreadable.

The reasons why RAW file takes place include:

  • The file system is missing or corrupted
  • It has not been formatted properly with a file system
  • The computer is not able to figure out the current file system of the drive.

Thinking of converting RAW to NTFS? Here’s how! If you try to open the RAW file and run CHKDSK command, you may even receive the message ‘You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it. Do you want to format it?’ So, no file can also be accessed stored in the drive.

Fixed: ‘The Type of the File System Is RAW, CHKDSK Is Not Available for RAW Drives’

Solution 1: Recover Data From RAW Drive

Now because your drive has become inaccessible as well as unusable, you may need to only format the drive. But before you delete the files and think that you can never access them again, a good software like Advanced Disk Recovery can make things better for you. The tool can help you recover data from lost partitions or deleted partitions easily. For this, download and install Advanced Disk Recovery on your computer, to begin with.

Step 1:  As and when you select the drive which needs to be recovered, choose ‘Start Scan’.

recover data

Step 2: Select the type of scan from Quick scan and Deep scan. Choose ‘Scan now’ to begin with the scanning  process.

Step 3: After a few minutes, you will get the scanning results in your computer system. Here, select the files you want to recover or just let all of them be selected and recover them all.

You can even preview the files before recovery which makes it easy for you to choose the right file for recovery.

Solution 2: Format The Hard Drive

Option 1: By using Disk Management Utility,  you can fix the RAW drive.

Step 1: Press Windows + R simultaneously, type diskmgmt.msc in the box and press Enter.

Step 2: Right click on the drive you have to format and choose ‘Format’ from the option.


Step 3: As soon as the format window opens, select the type of file system which you wish to format the drive. Now uncheck the box mentioning ‘Perform a quick format’ and press OK.

This may resolve your problem easily.

Option 2: Also, by using the DISKPART command, you can get away from the problem of CHKDSK the type of the file system is raw. For this method, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Type cmd on Windows search .

Step 2: As soon as the option of Command Prompt is seen, press right click on it and choose ‘Run as administrator’.


Step 3: Give all the permissions required to run ahead.

Step 4: In the window of Command Prompt, type diskpart and press Enter.

Step 5: In the next section, type list disk and press Enter. (This step will list out all the drives attached to the system.)

Step 6: Now choose the disk which is affected and type ‘Select disk 1’. Here 1 is the number of disks you need to choose from the list.

Step 7: Now type list volume and press Enter.

Step 8: Type ‘Select volume 1’ where 1 is the volume number mentioned in the disk above.

Step 9: Now in the command prompt, type ‘Format fs=ntfs quick’.

Step 10: Type exit and press Enter when the formatting is completely done.

Wrap Up

We believe that you have found out ways to resolve the error, The type of the file system is raw already and already working on it to resolve. Could you resolve the error positively? Share your views and suggestions with us in the comments below.

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