Repair The Volume Does Not Contain a Recognized File System

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The error message “H:\” is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Make sure that all the required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted” with the title “Location not available” on your Windows computer?

This error message sometimes only occurs when you connect your USB stick, external hard disk, SD card or other data carrier to the Windows computer and the pop-up window displays the message “You must format the hard disk for drive H: before you can use it. You want to format it?”

In such a situation, many users click Cancel if the storage device contains important data files. However, if you click Format Disk, you will lose all the data on the storage device. Therefore, you should not click on the Format Disk option.

Now, if you click the Cancel button, Windows will display another error message saying “Drive H:\ is not available. The volume does not contain a detected file system. Please ensure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.” This causes the error “The volume does not contain a detected file system” on the Windows 7/8/10 computer.

Run the Chkdsk utility to check the disk.

To start the disk check, we first need a right click on the Start menu and the command prompt (Admin).

chkdsk C :[C should be the letter of the drive you want to check].

This line is used to check the integrity of the drive.

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chkdsk /f C :[C should be the letter of the drive you want to check].

This wire is used to identify and solve drive problems.

Enter one of the command lines above and press Enter.

Format the RAW partition, then recreate it.

The most direct way to process RAW partitions is to format them in FAT32 or NTFS. Normally, NTFS gains more popularity than FAT32 when storing large files. Run compmgmt.msc and select Disk Management to see the RAW partition. You must right-click on it to select “Format” and select another file system such as NTFS to apply your change. Finally, you can run an antivirus program to perform a complete scan of the disk to remove any traces of the virus.

Format the volume that contains unrecognized file systems.

The most direct and simple way to manage RAW partitions is to format them in NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT. You can choose the format of the file system according to your current state, for example, the hard disk usually uses NTFS, while USB drives such as SD cards and USB sticks use FAT32 or exFAT. Before formatting the hard disk, you may need to run antivirus software to scan the hard disk and remove viruses and malware.

Warning: Formatting deletes everything on the partition. If the RAW partition contains important files, you must restore them before trying to format them.

  • Connect the inaccessible hard disk drive to the computer so that it can be detected.
  • Open the hard disk management. Right-click the Computer/Computer icon on the desktop and select Manage, then click Disk Management.
  • Locate the RAW drive and right-click to select “Format”.
  • Define the volume label, select the file system type, assign the unit size, select “Perform fast formatting” and click on the “OK” button. Wait a second and the formatting is finished.


Data security is always the most important thing after a device problem, and the USB error “The volume does not contain a detected file system” is no exception. Ensure data security and then you can put the USB stick into service by repairing the error with different solutions.

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