How to Resolve ‘The Volume Does Not Contain a Recognized File System’ Inconsistency?

If you encounter the error ‘the volume does not contain a recognized file system’ in your external storage media’ but are unable to find the appropriate solutions for the same. Don’t panic, you have come to the right page.

Here, we will discuss some repairing strategies to resolve the same. Also, one will get the idea regarding recovery of RAW or inaccessible drive data.

Methods to Resolve ‘The Volume Does Not Contain a Recognized File System’ Error

Method 1: Format The Hard Drive/USB/SD Card

  • Synchronize your inaccessible hard disk,  memory card, USB, SD, etc. to PC.
  • On your Windows PC, right-click on “This PC/My Computer” and then select “Manage” and then tap on “Disk Management”.
  • Next, right-click on RAW drive, USB or SD card and select “Format”.
  • Change the name of the “Volume Label”, choose file system as NTFS/FAT32, set unit size as “Default”, tap “Perform a quick format”, and finally hit the “OK” button.
  • Next, wait for the process to complete.
  • Now, the following message might appear on your screen- “Windows was Unable to Complete the Format” or “The USB drive is write-protected”. In such an instance, one can repair the inconsistencies before formatting.
  • For successful formatting, one can re-utilize the hard drive, external storage media, USB and SD card as usual without any inconsistency.

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Method 2: Run CHKDSK Command

  • On your Windows platform, tap “This PC/My Computer”.
  • Next, pick the Volume (hard drive/USB/SD card) which you cannot access and then right-click the “Properties” option.
  • In the Properties dialogue box, hit the“Tools’ tab and tap the “Check” button under Error-checking.
  • Repair the error on Windows 10 version by hitting the “Scan Drive” as shown.
  • Now, one just has to for the procedure to complete.
  •  After completion, return to “My Computer” to open the hard drive.

Method 3: Start SFC Scan

  • First, enter CMD in the search bar beside the Start button and then right-click on Command Prompt. There, tap Run as administrator.
  • Now, enter in sfc/scannow in the command prompt and then hit Enter.


Method 4: Check & Repair Bad Sectors

  • Examining and fixing the bad section is another possible way to resolve the problem. One can simply resolve any error found in the file to fix the issue.
  • Now, to repair such an issue, enter the CHKDSK command and then format the hard drive.

Method 5: Update USB Driver

  • First, hold Windows + R keys and then start  MSC as administrator.
  • In the Device Manager, explore USB controllers and unfold.
  •  Next, right-click on it and tap Generic USB Hub and then simply hit the Update Driver Software.

Causes behind occurring ‘The Volume Does Not Contain a Recognized File System’ issue?

  • Intruding Virus
  • Active bad section of the hard disk
  • Hardware not compatible with any system
  • The volume became faulty due to the inconsistency issue.

The Volume Does Not Contain a Recognized File System USB Drive Fix Professionally

If the above approach does not provide satisfactory results, then one can take help of the professional utility called ‘Windows Data Recovery’. For instance, the above- mentioned utility is a combination of the features as defined below.


  • Facilitates dual modes of corruption recovery: Standard and Advanced mode.
  • Creation of a new personalized volume in the list of the structural drive recovery.
  • RAW Recovery is permitted for recovering maximum possible data from damaged disk drives.
  • Users are allowed to insert new file signatures with RAW Recovery mode.
  • Auto-replicate the information of the hard drive or volume before the scanning process.
  • Most file systems can be searched in the volume with advanced Windows Data Recovery mode.
  • Preview of repaired files/folders is represented in the hierarchical tree structure.


In this blog, we have defined a certain solution to rectify the query How to resolve ‘The Volume Does Not Contain a Recognized File System’ inconsistency adequately. However, it is improper to say that having several approaches will actually resolve the error as they lag accuracy. Moreover, the approaches do not keep the file intact as before the process. Therefore, for maintaining data integrity and originality, one can take help of the best commercial solution available in the market.

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