Know How To Fix chkdsk is not available for Raw Drives

chkdsk is not available for Raw Drives” is common error usually appear when you run “CHKDSK Command in Command Prompt” on Raw hard drive, raw USB external hard drive, raw pendrive, flash drive or raw memory card when these storage devices are crashed or damaged for some reasons. In other word, if the file System of the drive including hard drive, USB external hard drive and/or other is RAW, then you will receive “chkdsk is not available for Raw Drives” error message in order to run “CHKDSK” command.

Raw File System: This file System can’t be recognized by your computer. You can’t access the files on the storage device once it becomes RAW. A File System including NTFS, FAT32 and exFAT allows you to access and open files on storage device. “Raw file system” indicates a state of your hard drive which ass no or unknown file system. A disk or drive with Raw File System is also known as Raw drive/disk.

Reasons behind “chkdsk is not available for Raw Drives” Error

  • The current file System of your storage device is not recognized by the computer either FAT12/ FAT16/FAT32 nor NTFS/NTFS5.
  • The file system of drive is missing or damaged
  • The raw file System or raw drive has not been formatted with a file System like NTFS, FAT12 and/or others
  • It might possible to get this error when hard drive format process failure
  • Accidently shutdown or restart of your Operating System causes several issues like chkdsk is not available for Raw Drives Error
  • Viruses or malware attack causes this type of issue
  • It might possible to get this problem while running CHKDSK Command on raw drives.

If you receive this error while running CHKDSK command in Command prompt, then you can read & follow our instructions below to fix. Let’s go for the solution.

How to fix chkdsk is not available for Raw Drives?

Method 1: Convert RAW to NTFS/FAT32 by formatting

Formatting via “File Explorer”:

Step 1: Open “This PC” or “My Computer” and right-click on RAW partition and choose “Format”

Step 2: Assign a file System like NTFS, FAT32, exFAT to your device and click on “Start”

Step 3: Click on “Yes” to start the formatting

Repair raw to NTFS/FAT32 using “DIskpart”:

“Diskpart” is command line tool used to create, delete, modify a computer’s hard disk partitions including formatting.

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” and type “Diskpart” and hit “Yes” to run “Diskpart.exe”

Step 2: Type the following command one-by-one and hit “Enter” key after each

list volume

select volume X (“X” means the volume number of the RAW drive)

format fs=ntfs quick (or format fs=fat32 quick)


Note: You can use third parties partition software like EaseUS Partition Master and others to convert raw file System to NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT. This type of tool will help you to change raw file system to EXT2 or EXT3 also. You can also use this tool to manage your computer betters, like merge partitions, check partitions, delete partitions and more.

Method 2: Use Error Checking Tool

Step 1: Right-click on raw partition and choose “Properties”

Step 2: In the opened “Properties” window, choose “Tools” tab and click on “Check” under “Error Checking” section

Note: if there are important files on raw partition, “Error Checking” Tool can’t be used to fix raw partition without formatting.

Method 3: Convert raw to NTFS without losing data command prompt

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Command Prompt as Administrator”

Step 2: Type “covert g:” /fs:ntfs” command and hit “Enter” key to execute

Step 3: You will receive an error message like “CONVERT is not available for raw drives”. So, it is impossible to convert to NTFS without losing data command prompt.

Method 4: Use CHKDSK command

Step 1: Open “Command Prompt as Administrator” using ‘step 1’ of ‘method 3’

Step 2: When ‘f’ is volume of drive letter. Type “chkdsk f:/r” and hit “Enter” key to execute. This will locate the errors in the file System in the disk


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