6 Best Ways To Fix RAW DRIVE Without Losing Data (It’s Free)

There are times when you go on to repair the damaged drives or external drives at most of the times an error shows up which says the drive is not available or says the driver is raw which is most probably because of some drive errors which obviously is fixable.

Fix Raw Drive Without Losing Data 

1. Use CHKDSK Command

Basically, at times the SD card has some bad sector issues for which the phone can’t detect the SD card and eventually it can be fixed in the computer system through CMD.



  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Click on the windows search bar
  3. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  4. Right-click on it and Run it as administrator
  5. Type “CHKDSK (allocateddrive-letter):/f” and enter
  6. Then it will start repairing the device
  7. And done

2. Change User

Changing or adding a new user for the driver also might solve the issue.

Change User


  1. Open “This PC
  2. Right-click on driver
  3. Click on “Properties
  4. Click on the “Security” tab
  5. Look for the “edit” button click on it
  6. Then select the “Add” option
  7. Now create and rename the new user “Authenticated user
  8. Then click “Ok
  9. Now give all the permissions to the user
  10. To give permissions check the “Full control” box
  11. Then “Apply” and done.

3. Remove Bad Sectors

You can remove bad sectors from the external device with MiniTool Partition Wizard, it has the highest probability to fix all the issues regarding the external devices so do try this method for better results and also you can easily carry out the processes without any hassle.

minitool partition remove bad sector


  1. Open the tool
  2. Look for the disk
  3. Right-click on the particular disk
  4. Click on “check file system
  5. Click “check and fix detected errors
  6. Click on “start
  7. Now it will take few minutes
  8. And done

4. Remove Bad Sectors using Disk Genius

Disk Genius is another 3rd party app that is used to repair drives and to solve many more issues regarding external devices with ease and not to be exact with no commands.

Check Bad sector using Disk genius software


  1. Download the tool
  2. Open it
  3. Now, select the disk you want to repair
  4. At the top section, click on the “Disk” option
  5. Click on “Verify or Repair Bad Sectors
  6. Now, from the Dropbox menu change the “Cylinder range” to “Sector range
  7. Now, click on “Start verify
  8. Now, the scanning will begin
  9. After scanning is done click on “Repair” and you are done.

If this method couldn’t fix the error, then head on for the next one.

Download : Disk Genius

Recover Data

Using iCare you can take back-up of all the data in the SD card and format the SD card to use it further. You can also use RECUVA or RECOVERIT which is an advanced and paid tool to recover data with more accuracy but iCare also does the job quite decently.

iCare select scan mode


  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Now, after installing the tool open it
  3. Select “Advanced file recovery
  4. Select the drive or the SD card 
  5. Click Next, now it will scan the device
  6. Now, select all the partitions shown and click next
  7. Select all the files showing or the files you want to recover
  8. Click on all the partitions
  9. Click on the “Recover” button
  10. Now it will start scanning
  11. Now allocate where the backup file you want to store
  12. Once you have selected the location click “Ok”
  13. And you are done

So, make sure to recover all of your data before heading to the next method which is all about cleaning and formatting.

Download : iCare

5. Clean Drive using Command Prompt

To clean the SD card through CMD, follow the below-mentioned steps carefully.

clean partition


  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  3. Right-click on it and Run it as administrator
  4. Type “diskpart” and enter
  5. After entering DISKPART type “list disk” and enter
  6. Then type “select disk (disk number) ” and enter
  7. Type “clean” and enter
  8. Type “create partition primary” and enter
  9. To format type “format fs=ntfs” and enter (if you face size issue error then there will be no volume selected shown in the CMD)

Note: FAT32 does not allow copying files of a size more than 4GB. Also for storage of more than 32GB use exFAT and for the rest FAT32. 

  1. And Finished.

If this also didn’t work then, head for the last method.

6. Format using MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard has the highest probability to fix all the issues regarding the external device also, you can easily change the file system of the memory device by formatting within the few steps mentioned below.

minitool partition format


  1. Open the tool
  2. Look for the disk
  3. Right-click on the particular disk
  4. Click on “Format”
  5. Click on “File system”
  6. Change it to FAT32 or exFAT (Select FAT32 if the memory device is less than 32GB and if it is higher then select exFAT file system)
  7. Click “ok”
  8. Click on “Apply” and confirm 
  9. Now the formatting will begin and done within a few seconds.


Can I partition a drive without losing data?

Yes, you can do it but first, you will have to take the backup of all the data in your external device using any 3rd party app then you can use CMD to make partitions and clean the driver.

How to Fix Raw Drive Without Formatting?

You can try to remove the bad sectors from the driver or you can also change and add a new user for the driver to fix the raw drive without formatting it.


So, these were the top 6 ways to Fix RAW DRIVE Without Losing Data. Hence, if you found this post to be useful then do share it with those who might find this useful too.

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Shreyash Pradhan
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