The case: A volume shows up as raw in disk management and cannot be accessed
"I have an external hard drive that shows as raw partition in disk management, when I click the partition, Windows tells me it is not accessible and the raw partition needs to be formatted. Is there any way to fix the raw partition?"
Resolution: It is the file system error that Windows computer cannot recognize the storage media and shows it RAW in disk management. RAW means it is not regularted with a recognized format (NTFS, FAT, FAT32, EXFAT are common formats in Windows)
Formatting would be a primary option to fix the raw file system and it can simply be formatted under Disk Management with right click format option.
You may use the explorer function in disk management to see whether the raw drive data can be accessed and then back up the data onto another storage device such as the computer hard disk volume which is working properly.
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When the removable device or a hard drive shows as raw in disk management, you may get it formatted to NTFS by the following way:
Note: if you want to set the file system raw to be EXFAT in disk management, here in this above column, set the file system option to EXFAT and then click OK.
If the formatting does not work in disk management, another efficient way of fixing the raw drive is to change its drive letter and paths. Here are the steps to get it done.
When the raw drive cannot be formatted in disk management, and it can neither open nor drive letter change, you may try the following method to fix raw file system when disk management failed.
This following cmd is a nice way to fix raw volume that cannot be formatted.
Here are the steps. (Please insert external media to pc properly at first)
Note: if you want to change the file system exfat or ntfs, you may change the last step command line to be 'format fs=exfat' and press enter or type 'format fs=ntfs' and press enter to replace the step 7.
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Disk Management is provided by Microsoft in Windows computers to help perform advanced storage tasks for example: initialize a hard disk, extend a volume size, shrink a volume size, format a drive, change a drive letter etc.
A healthy file system will show as NTFS, EXFAT, FAT32, FAT in the map of disk management. When a drive or memory card is corrupted, it may show RAW that replaced its old healthy file system.
In a word, RAW is not a regular file system that cannot be recognized by storage devices such as cameras, phones, digital players and even Microsoft Windows computers.
What is raw file system in disk management?
If you even wonder what is raw file system, it means your drive is raw damaged that cannot be recognized in disk management. Formatting would make it work again.
Question: SD card shows raw file system in disk management
When sd card shows file system raw in computer disk management, it can be formatted to fix the error. Before the formatting, please backup data from the raw sd card if the data were important.
Also read: raw sd card recovery
Last updated on May 14, 2023