We are all familiar with the pain of a faulty flash drive. Your friend has that latest movie but you can get it because your flash drive is high on some A1 quality Afghan weed and has decided not to work. There are a lot of reasons that can cause a flash drive to stop working but today am focusing on one particular issue.

The first thing I do when I notice that any of my external storage peripherals are not working is to open the command prompt. You do this by pressing W + X and selecting Cmd Admin, then type this command chkdsk /f g: where g is your drive’s letter. If it does the fix, well and good, end of the journey for you. It might also give you a lot of errors. One among them is that your flash drive is RAW. Then you are like ‘what the fuck is RAW?’

What is a RAW flash drive?

A raw flash drive can be caused by a number of things:

A virus. If you don’t use a good anti-virus, your flash drives might regularly have this problem.

Sudden eject. Sometimes, sudden ejection might damage certain files required for accessibility of your flash drive. This will result in your flash drive becoming RAW.

Incomplete file systems conversion. In the office space (and this is true in my former workplace), we end up using flash drives across many Operating systems and platforms. Different Oss have different file systems and thus the drive’s file system is constantly being converted. When one of these conversions is incomplete, your flash drive will end up becoming RAW.

The fix

RAW flash drives can be annoying to fix if you haven’t worked with them before. Not to worry though, am here to show you a quick an easy non-geek way to solve this. (You can even send your brain on vacation while sorting this one out with your grey matter:lol: Windows has a way to fix this so you don’t even need to download anything;

Just go to cmd by pressing W + X and clicking on command prompt (Admin)

Type the following commands:

Diskpart.   It will take you to a prompt that looks like this: DISKPART>

Type list disk, this will list all the disks in your computer. Look at the size to identify which disk is your flash drive.

Once you have it, type select disk n where n is the number of the disk you’re selecting.

Type clean to format it.

Once it has finished cleaning, type create partition primary and hit enter. This will create a new primary partition.

After that, you can type assign and enter to assign a drive letter.

Type Format fs=fat32 or format fs=ntfs and hit enter.

Now your flash drive should be ready for that new movie. Happy geeking.


Also published on Medium.

About The Author

My name is Patrick. I am a Linux Ninja (DevOps) | Data Analyst | Network Eng | writer. I live the Linux life and dream in R and Scala. I am an aspiring author with my first two books on the way. In my free time, I play WIFI

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