Repair RAW Drive or Partition in Windows 10 | 5 Ways

You are in the right place if you want to repair RAW drive or partition in Windows 10. This article will cover 5 effective methods and fix RAW drive without losing data.


By Ivy / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Sometimes, when you start your PC, it says “You need to format the disk before you can use it. Do you want to format it?” and ask you to format it. This probably indicates your disk becomes RAW. At this time, it’s inaccessible in File Explorer and marked as RAW in Disk Management.

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Don’t format it immediately if there are important data, or you are not sure. Because the formatting process will all the data on the drive. Instead, you need to turn off your PC until you find a way to repair RAW drive in Windows 10. This article will tell you the possible reasons and solutions to fix it successfully.

Possible Causes for Your Drive Becoming RAW

You must be curious about the reason why your drive becomes RAW. It may provide you with some clues to repair RAW drive in Windows 10 or prevent this error from happening again. We have collected the following possible reasons for you.

  • Sudden power off or shutdown.
  • Missing or corrupted file system.
  • Viruses or malware infection.
  • Bad sectors.
  • Corrupted disk.
  • ...

For USB flash drive or other external devices, this error can also occur due to damaged USB port or cable, abrupt removal, interruption during file transfer, incompatible file system, etc.

How to Repair RAW Drive in Windows 10 Successfully

With many ways to repair your drive in Windows 10, which one should you use? It depends on whether there is any important data.

  • If the disk does not contain any critical data, you can directly format it.
  • Conversely, try chkdsk command, update drivers, shrink partition, or recover data from hard drive before formatting it.

Way 1: Directly Format Drive to Repair RAW Drive

Step 1. Press Win + R and type diskpart in the Run window. Then, click OK to open it.

Step 2. Enter the following commands and press Enter after each line.

  • list disk
  • select X (X is the disk number of the RAW drive.)
  • clean (The clean command will delete all the data on the RAW drive.)
  • create partition primary
  • format fs=ntfs quick (or format fs=fat32 quick)
  • exit

Format RAW Drive to NTFS

Note: If your RAW disk is write-protected, you could add the “attributes disk clear readonly” command after selecting disk.

Way 2: Recover Data and Format RAW Drive

If there are important data on the RAW drive, directly formatting it will cause data loss. To avoid this, you can choose to recover data from RAW drive with one professional data recovery software - MyRecover first.

With its two advanced scanning methods, you can easily find out and recover all the data on the RAW drive. It can be an internal or external disk, such as HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, SD card, etc. And it has a high success rate and fast recovery speed. It is able to:

  • recover Word documents, Excel files, PPT, pictures, videos, compressed files, etc and more than 200+ file types
  • keep the recovered files with their original name, format, quality, and path.
  • filter and recover specific files on the disk during the scanning process. You don’t need to wait for the scanning result.
  • apply to Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, etc and Windows Server. So you can recover deleted files in Windows 11 or other data loss scenarios with this software.

To get started, download Windows data recovery software- MyRecover and install it on your Windows PC.

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Step 1. Launch Windows data recovery software- MyRecover. Hover the mouse over the RAW drive or partition and click Scan. You can identify it through the drive letter (if it has) or capacity.


Step 2. The software will run Quick Scan & Deep Scan automatically and find out all the data on the RAW drive. Once any of the files are found, it will display in the following window.


You can also filter specific files you want to recover. Here are two ways in the following:

  • Directly type its file name in the Search for files or folders box.
  • Use the Filter feature. You need to select file type (eg: Word documents), date modified or size.


  • Type: include all file types, such as images, videos, documents, mails, webpage, compressed files, etc.
  • Data Modified: support today, yesterday, last 7 days, last 30 days, and custom.
  • Size: filter file size from less than 128KB to 128KB ~1MB to 1MB ~ 512MB and above, or custom.

Step 3. Select the files you want to recover and click Recover xxx files. You don’t need to wait for the final scanning result if you find the files need to recover.



  • MyRecover will display the number of files to be recovered and their entire size. You can free recover files up to 30MB each time. To recover unlimited files, please upgrade MyRecover.
  • Select a new location to store files on the RAW drive.
  • You still can use it to fix RAW SD drive without formatting, repair RAW USB drive in Windows 10, recover raw data from hard drive without formatting, etc.

Way 3: Repair RAW Disk using CHKDSK Command

Except for data recovery software, you can also try CHKDSK command to repair RAW drive in Windows 10. Its /f and /r parameters helps to find disk errors and fix it. If you think your disk has bad sectors, you can add /x parameter to mark bad sectors and recover readable information.

Step 1. Press Win + R to open the Run window. Then, type cmd and click OK to access the command prompt with administrator priority.

Step 2. Type chkdsk G: /f /r or chkdsk G: /f /r /x and press Enter.


You may be able to access your flash drive and the data in it. But this method is not 100% successful, you may receive an error message like “The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.”, which results into data loss. If you are experiencing this error, try the next method.

Way 4: Update RAW Hard Disk Drivers

If the disk driver is outdated or corrupted, there may be bugs that make it difficult to communicate with your system. You can choose to update disk drivers and see if your disk goes normal.

Step 1. Press Win + X to open the Start menu and select Device Manager.

Step 2. Expand Disk drives, right-click the problematic disk and select Update driver.


Step 3. Select “Search automatically for drivers” or “Browse my computer for drivers”. Finally, click OK to confirm this operation.


Way 5: Shrink RAW Partition in Disk Management

If you need to repair RAW partition in Windows 10, you can choose to shrink partition, it will rewrite the file system information and correct errors, but not remove files. If you disk only have one RAW partition, try this method.

Step 1. Press Win + X and select Disk Management. Then, find out the RAW partition on the disk.

Step 2. Right-click the RAW partition and click Shrink Volume.

Shrink Volume

Step 3. Specify the amount of space to shrink and click Shrink.

How to Prevent RAW Drive and Data Loss

You definitely don't want your drive to become RAW, which will prevent you from continuing to use it and could lead to data loss. However, this can sometimes be avoided. Here are some useful suggestions that you can follow:

  • Double-check when formatting. Don’t interrupt the formatting process as well.
  • Don’t download software from non-official websites as they may contain viruses that can cause your system behave abnormally.
  • Scan your computer for viruses or malware. You can built-in antivirus software - Windows Defender or third-party software.
  • Backup files to external hard drive automatically with backup software. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a good choice because of its intuitive interface, more flexible schedule options as well as extra features.

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✍ How to fix RAW drive without format

If you don’t want to lose any data on the RAW drive, you can choose to update disk drivers, try the CHKDSK command, shrink partition, etc. Knowing possible reasons help you to make this decision.

✍ Can I convert a RAW drive to NTFS without losing data? 

The convert process requires formatting, but you can keep your data safe as long as you recover data from RAW drive with reliable data recovery software first.

✍ Can CHKDSK fix the RAW drive?

CHKDSK is more than 90% unlikely to solve problems with RAW drives. You may receive “CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives”. Similarly, if you use the Convert command, you may get “Convert is not available for RAW drives”.

✍ How to fix RAW USB drive in Windows 10

Like RAW drive, the ultimate method is to convert RAW to NTFS with the Format command. But if you are worried about your data, you can try another USB port or cable, update drivers, change drive letters, etc.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.