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"The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and

Q: "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and

Hey Guys,

I needed*to install SQL Server 2014 Management Studio for a database course that I'm taking. I wasn't able to load the database, so I played around with the C drive permissions and I ended up losing all access to my C drive.*If I try to*go anywhere like Acer Recovery Management or C: Security Tab or UAC, I get "access is denied".*I have my Windows 8 recovery USB and I played around in the command prompt but ended up making it worse. (Before I could still log on and use Chrome) but now I'm getting "\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD - You'll need to use Recovery tools" It*messed up when I tried this command "bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-us /s x: /f ALL" I tried all the other commands from this website:

https://neosmart.net/wiki/the-drive-...led-is-locked/

except for the paid software:

Easy Recovery Essentials ?


but haven't bought it yet. I know*it can be fixed*from the command prompt but I'm not sure how. When I try "Reset*/ Refresh your PC" from the recovery media, I still get "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again"*I have all my files saved on Google drive so I don't mind losing anything. What can you suggest?

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Preferred Solution: "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and

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Unable to upgrade from 8.1 to Windows 10, keep getting the error message that the drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. Unsure what to do next, I shut down Norton Security but made no difference.
 

A:The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock.....

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Hey Guys,

I needed to install SQL Server 2014 Management Studio for a database course that I'm taking. I wasn't able to load the database, so I played around with the C drive permissions and I ended up losing all access to my C drive. If I try to go anywhere like Acer Recovery Management or C: Security Tab or UAC, I get "access is denied". I have my Windows 8 recovery USB and I played around in the command prompt but ended up making it worse. (Before I could still log on and use Chrome) but now I'm getting "\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD - You'll need to use Recovery tools" It messed up when I tried this command "bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-us /s x: /f ALL" I tried all the other commands from this website:

https://neosmart.net/wiki/the-drive-where-windows-is-installed-is-locked/

except for the paid software:

Easy Recovery Essentials
but haven't bought it yet. I know it can be fixed from the command prompt but I'm not sure how. When I try "Reset / Refresh your PC" from the recovery media, I still get "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again" I have all my files saved on Google drive so I don't mind losing anything. What can you suggest?
 

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I have a Gateway SX2370-UR13 with windows 8.0 installed, it has been nothing but problem after problem, from the first day I got it. I tried the "free" upgrade to windows 8.1 & that made things worse. I had to roll back to 8.0. Things have
gotten so bad that now the System restore, Refresh, & Reset options fail to function,(along with the Task manager, Control Panel, Advanced startup options & nearly everything else), giving me a message about needing to unlock the drive. This happens
with the USB recovery media , the repair disk(CD?DVD) , & the Automatic repair.

 How do I fix this ?

I'm ready to go back to the beginning factory settings but cannot find a workable fix.  How do I even format the entire drive? So I can try the recovery media again for a "clean install?"

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Ok this for the first hard drive I've been trying to unlock my original hard drive again I have a second hard drive that is also locked an would like to get both unlocked so I've been working on the 1st drive to get it unlocked I will try to list what I've
tried to get it unlocked.
I've tried running :
Chkdsk.  f,v,r,l,x,    bootrec/fixmbr , fixmbr , fixboot , scans , rebuildbcd.   Wmic I've tried using different items from here even tried bitlocker cmd.   Bdehdcfg.exe , manage-bide.exe , repair-bide.exe , manage-bde-status an
said that bit is unlocked I've tried booting from a CD , flash drive ,int & my ext drive tried all kinds of things an I'm not getting any where and very frustrated cause now having a new drive to also become locked and trying to getting unlocked using
some of these item on it also an got no where with it and i really wondering why this is happening an what would be causing this issue is win 10 or my WD backup drive I'm at a lost in this matter an could use so e assistance in this matter with both drives
I've kept a booklet and written down things about issue an all my items that I've saved stuff on my phone & tablet to try. 
Thank you in advance for any assistance , Shagg(Jerry)
                                            

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Recently I downloaded a software "EasyDriveLock.V4" trial version having mentioned 5 free trials. Using this software I locked my D:\ drive and checked for the same and found its access denied, but when i'm trying to unlock it with the same software the D:\ has greyed out for unlocking and directs the page to the software site asking for purchasing though it was a free trial version.

Please help

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I have an Asus T300LA Transformer with Win8.1. My keyboard stopped working so wanted to use the recovery utility, but when I get there it says my hard drive is locked and to unlock it. How do I do that?

A:Recovery says my drive is locked - how to unlock?

Are you using Encryption like TrueCrypt? If so, maybe you need to turn it of and decrypt the drive first?

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Hey,

Just want to start off with saying I have read another similar post on this site which can be found here: [SOLVED] Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically.

It was promising as the poster was having the exact same errors as me fro the people recommending fixes as me but in the end it turned out he jut had a faulty piece of software. This is what I have done so fa an had no luck with.

I was running windows 10 but im currently running it from a USB stick.

So I was able to stick a memory stick in my PC hoping to reinstall windows on my second hard dive, but I noticed that my first hard drive wasn't dead after all as it wasn't letting me re format hard drive #2 for what ever reasons so I started browsing the tools.

I have gone through countless forums and tried all of this:

A lot of the forums recommended doing these commands, I got to the last one and it always said this:


I also tried resetting my PC. When I choose to reset my PC but keep the files it says

And with deletng the files


Ive also tried running chkdsk C: /f /r /x and the result was


Though I was able to browse through all the folders on my disk


The latest downloaded thing on the machine was a game, otherwise nothing before that.

Massive thanks in advance,
Josh

A:My hard drive is locked and wont unlock

You can mark the Windows Partition as Active using DiskPart:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/the-dr...lled-is-locked
If the drive is Marked as Read Only then you will need to Clear the Attribute:
Windows boot drive is locked, unlock drive [Solved] - Windows - Windows 8

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I bought a new Samsung SSD with self-encrypting capabilities.In the HP Bios/settings, I had the possibility to put a "drive lock" on the disk (I think it's OPAL). I installed an OS, worked for a couple of weeks, everything went fine. During startup, I always had to enter a password to unlock the drive, which is exactly what I wanted. Today, I booted the notebook again, this time I maybe mistyped the password two times, now the drive is locked. I do have the correct password here, but I can't find an option within the BIOS to unlock the drive. No matter where I click within the BIOS, it always tell's me "Drive is Locked". Now, how can I *unlock* the drive when I have the correct password?I tried:  * Security -> DriveLock -> "Set DriveLock Password" -> Error: Drive is Locked  * Security -> DriveLock -> disable "DriveLock password on restart" -> has no effect Help

A:HP Folio 9470m: Drive is Locked - how to unlock?

Answering myself: I don't know it was because of my entering SpareRecovery (and rebooting) or if the Drive Lock expired, but I was able to unlock the drive.

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Dear Community My Axer 3830T laptop downloaded a Windows 10 update, after 30 minutes it auto-booted to a blue screen that reads: "Recovery - your PC/Device needs to be repaired" Error Code 0xc000000fthere are two options, F8 for start up settings and F9 fto use a different operating systemI tried both, but after going through all sub menus and options, I'm back at the beginning;when choosing the "reset this PC" option, it tells me "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."The free Microsoft Media Creation Tool and Windows 10 ISO/ setup files are therefore useless as long as my drive is locked and the volume write protected!please I'm grateful for any helpful advice as to how to unlockH 

A:The drive where Windows is installed is locked

have a look on BIOS if HDD password is set to frozen:http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/32674/~/bios-password-frozen

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hi guys...
recently i changed my toshiba sattelite motherboard,and insert hard drive then,start machine dndt find any drive then i used,to refresh mypc then i recieved a message the drive where windows is installed is lockedi used ms.dos to unlock the drive but failed.?
any one plz help me out ...

A:the drive where windows is installed is locked

Unless you know the password or can get the drive manufacturer to give you some kind of master reset password, the drive's as good as useless. Long story short, I was told this, in person, by a Toshiba engineer a couple years back. They have no way of undoing passwords set at the BIOS/uEFI level on a drive. Now, if we're talking some other kind of drive locking, you'll need to be more specific.

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I keep getting this when trying refresh my w8 rp

The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again.

Help. Solution(s)?

A:The drive where Windows is installed is locked

Your problem may simply be one of making sure your privileges are set properly. But, do not take ownership of your C: drive in an attempt to solve your problem. See these links:

Cannot unlock drive and unable boot back into Windows 8

Fix - The drive where Windows is installed is locked

You cannot unlock a BitLocker-encrypted drive after you upgrade to Windows 8

Unlock a BitLocker-protected drive

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I have an Asus sonicmaster laptop running Windows 8, I am trying to do a clean restore. When I press the power button the first page comes up then im left with a black page.
I press F9 I can get into advanced settings , press reset pc and I get a message saying :- unable to reset your Pc. A required drive partition is missing

Thank you for all help...
 

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Hi,
In my new laptop, I can't install widows 10 upgrade (from win 7) because I've this issues:

Reset pc - unable to reset your pc. A required drive partition is missing
or
Reset this pc: The drive where windows is installed is locked. unlock the drive and try again.

I tried to work to disk partition with diskpart command without success.

Can help me please?

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After the power strip was turned off by my 5 year old granddaughter my computer won't boot. It tries to repair itself but fails. I have tried tapping F12 to get to the boot menu but everything I have tried has failed. I don't have a recovery disk. Lesson learned there. I had the computer diagnose the startup and it found no problems.

I have tried to reset it but I get a message that says, "A required drive partition is missing."

If I try to refresh it says, "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."

It has a Seagate hard drive #ST500DM002.

Can anybody tell me how to unlock the drive or anything else that would help? My computer skills are very limited.

Thanks, Danny

A:Dell 660s Won't Boot, Hard Drive Locked, How Do I Unlock

Ask Dell. They'll check if you're the owner then help you. Probably a password thing.

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Gents,
Desperate dad here.
16 y/o muppet bought HP Notebook with Windows 7 installed 2 months ago + licence to download Windows 8 once released.
Been working on it for two months, mainly school work.  Did not back up his work ....(hind sight is a beautiful thing)

Last Friday downloaded windows 8. Last I heard.... hey dad windows 8 is now downloading and it'll take 8 hours.....how cool is that !!
Cool as it may be.....apparently it worked on Saturday but on Sunday morning he came down and said he had a problem.  If I could help.... hahahhahaha ...me???
The laptop goes straight into repair mode and then into blue screen with repair/reset and advanced repair options. 

what ever you do the main feature is :  "the drive where windows is installed is locked" please unlock and....... etc... etc....  the damn thing wont even let you in, so how do you unlock ?
Muppet is concerned that if he resets to Factory settings that all his school work will disappear hence wiping out last terms' work.....

The outfit that sold him the machine says its a Software fault and dont want to touch it.  Go and call Microsoft is the only thing the spotty guy utters.
Any bright bunnies out there with advice ? 

A:the drive where windows is installed is locked windows 8

Hi,


You may refer to this thread.
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/5f731c27-5769-408d-a95b-8af25a9b7dc7/


Kim Zhou

TechNet Community Support

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Hi, I'm trying to fully encrypt with Truecrypt the main OS drive but it halts with the following message:
"Windows does not appear to be installed on the drive from which it boots"
So this is my setup:
- I have two physical drives, an SSD drive where Windows 7x64 is installed listed as "C" drive (Disk 0), and a 2nd internal HDD, listed as "E" drive (Disk 1).
- When I go to Disk Management in Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management I find what seems to be the culprit preventing Truecrypt from continuing encryption. The C drive is listed as "Boot" drive but not "System" drive, instead drive E is listed as "System" as seen in the screenshot:

I also noticed that "bootmgr" is located in the E drive and not in the C drive.
So how can I make the boot drive C also be the System drive?
Thanks

A:"Windows not installed on the drive from which it boots"

Well, I solved the issue by disconnecting the 2nd drive, doing a startup repair, and then reconnecting the E drive back. The bootmgr file still shows in the E drive's root directory, Can I safely delete it? Thanks.

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http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=242917. This will explain it all. I have did what it says to do but nothing works. I am the only one who uses my computer at home and I don't have it locked. When the message shows it will let me click ok without putting my administrater password, (which I have no idea what it is anyway!) I have tried to change screensavers and all (my official screensaver is my pictures slideshow) but I have no clue at what to do! Can someone help me with this problem? I have windows xp pro. And I can't figure out how it did all this!
Thanks for reading, Harley Babe

A:Administrator Unable to Unlock a "Locked" Computer

That you can click okay without entering a password and have it work just means that you do not have a password on your account.
As they say, the problem is caused by a bad screensaver.
You need to remove that one.
Have you tried changing the screensaver to none and then change all settings to always on ?
Did you do the registry edit microsoft tells you to do there?
What about boot to safe mode and change the screensaver?

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This is a new thread. The original problem had to do with Windows Defender and is described here:
Windows Defender Error

Now I'm trying to do a refresh from my CD and get the message:"The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again". Currently, I'm unable to boot in any mode (safe, etc) and can only get a command prompt.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Refresh problems"The drive where windows is installed is l

Windows Defender Error







Originally Posted by Brink


If you mean refreshing Windows 8, then be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first to be safe. After a refresh, you would need to reinstall all desktop programs.



Did you backup?

Is this a Notebook Pre-installed with Windows 8?

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Used Lenovo OS recovery DVD's for Win8.1 to setup machine (old system crashed and couldn't be recovered) back to factory default. Once in Windows, used the Recovery tool (Control Panel -> Recovery) to create a recovery USB drive. Followed instructions from https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht080887 and created a recovery USB drive. I then wanted to test this drive before I loaded all my applications and again followed the instructions in that article to "reset pc" using the USB drive. It appeared to reset the pc (I watched it go from 0% up to just about 100%) and then it rebooted. After reboot, it went right back into the USB recovery drive. I removed the USB drive and rebooted it again, and got a "no operating system..." error. When I insert the USB recovery drive back in and use the utility, it tells me the drive is locked. This tells me it didn't "reset pc" like it was supposed to do, but I followed everything to a "t". Any suggestions?

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athlon 2600+, Gigabyte NNXP Mobo, Windows 2000, adding a new 250Gig slave HDD (Seagate ATA).
Plugged it in and booted up, bios sees it, boot windows, starts hdd install, instead of success message, a message comes up that there was an error with the install and data services were locked, click finish.

Once windows had fully finished booting, no second drive visible, did "find new hardware", and selected exclamation marked hdd, and installed drivers from win update. The hard drive still does not appear in the My Computer drive tree.

Please, does anyone know what's happening here? Can this be fixed?
 

A:Hard drive instal error "data services locked"

Check your Disk Management. You can find this in:

Control Panel
Administrative Tools
Computer management
Disk Management

It should tell you if it is properly formatted, healthy, or degraded. Post results.
 

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I have a Xp Home installed in a logical partition. It was booted originally by a Dos primary partition operated as the "C" drive.

What I have done is to move the Xp around in the logical partitions in the same disk or to another disk. It can be assigned to a different drive letter if it is not operating. However if I boot this Xp it will seize the drive "D" back again no matter where it is or how many other partitions between itself and the boot volume.

I finally moved it to a primary partition and nuked all the other partitions it could recognize. The boot loader has been re-configured to run Xp as the sole operating system. It now operates happily as a "D" drive without a "C" in the system.

Just wonder can the Drive letter be changed after installation or is there a lot of work involved. Not particularly bother with it as my prime objective is to see if I could move the M$ Windows between partitions and disks within the same computer. So far everything works except this stuborn drive letter business.
 

A:Can a Win Xp installed as a "D" drive be operated as a "C" drive?

saikee said:


Just wonder can the Drive letter be changed after installation or is there a lot of work involved.Click to expand...

Lots of work in the registry...
 

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Hello,

I have locked by D,E drive using cacls command. But now I am not able to unlock it. What ever I do it is giving me " Access Denied" error message. Can somebody help me soon.........
 

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Please, I somehow have the C: drive locked when I am in administrator, at least when I try to open the C: it asks what program I want to open it. It also won't let me do things like change the folder view so that all hidden files are revealed or get into system files. It is the only administrator account on the system, and I can't figure out what else has control or how to change back whatever I originally must have done to get this way. There was some spyware that ad-aware took care of but I can't get this fixed. I can get into the folders on the C: drive through the "folders" setting on the toolbar but all is in read-only and I can't do anything to any folders or files.

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Hello
I have recently bought a great piece of software called 'System Mechanic 6'
I am currently using it to fix the problems that have haunted my Hard-drive for a while now.

Today, When I ran a Hard-Drive scan to fix any errors to my hard-drive,
The scan finished, but on the summary at the end of the scan
it told me my C: Drive was locked and it couldnt be fixed.

So, I basically need to know how to unlock it
As in which program to use
and what command I use to unlock it

I would also like to know how I can Lock it again afterwards
to prevent any immediate re-infection of my hard-drive :)

A:How do I unlock C: Drive on Windows XP ?

Hi

The HDD is locked when its in use usually. The LOCK command blocks direct access by programs that can corrupt file names and/or destroy disk data, resulting in the loss of files on your disk. I've never used this piece of software but you won't have to use the HDD repair function, Windows has one that is perfectly adequate and suited for it.

-Go to Start>Run>type: chkdsk /r and hit enter.
-You will be prompted and choose Y and reboot.
-It will run on restart and do all the necessary checks/repairs needed tp your HDD.

On a side note, in Command Prompt this is how to lock unlock a drive.

LOCK [drive:]

Hit enter and choose Y. Its locked now. For instance drive C: would be:

LOCK C:

For unlocking

UNLOCK [drive:]

The same as before, you would type unlock followed by drive location.

Let us know how that goes.

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1st of all, im not sure in which topic i have to post this issue,
sorry if im post it in wrong page

Problem:
unlock.exe <-- using this software, its locked all the access, and unable to unlock,

/me if this software run has admin, we can unlock it back,
but, the rite click was disabled,
to repair registry, locked too,
to access C:, locked too...


Its all checked - have to unchacke
WARNING: PLEASE DONT CHECK ALL AND PRESS 'UBAH!'

Translation:
Ubah - Change
Keluar - Exit
Settingan yang diubah - changed settings
Tambah Toolbar - Add Toolbar
Hapus History - clear History
Tidak ada autorun - No Autorun
Jam Taskbar - Taskbar Clock

The Software -
http://navins.biz/temp/unlock.rar

Please Guide me,
Thanx alot...

Greetings.
- NavinS

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My friend tried, for the first time, to make a guest account on his laptop. Apparently when he did this he also accidently made his C drive unaccessable to anyone even himself. I've tried to shut off the security center, specically user account control, but that won't work. I can't even get onto the internet. The support is going to cost and I can't even garentee that they'll be able to help. Is there any other way to get this fixed without doing a full system restore?

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Hi There

I upgraded a HP laptop to the newest windows 10 version and as per organization requirements started bitlocker encryption on the windows drive.  While the encryption was running the user who uses the computer, for some reason had restarted
the computer while encryption was in progress.

After the restart, it showed an error 0xc0000225 "Unable to find file winload.exe" 
It was not displaying the Bitlocker unlock screen so as to unlock the drive.
I also saved the recovery key and have it printed. 
Although after booting using a win10 usb and using CMD off the bootable usb to try unlock the drive, it did not work.
I used the command  x:\>windows\system32> manage-bde -unlock e: -rp "the 48digit key" 
but it said the password wasnt able to unlock the drive. Not sure why as I have the right key. 
Also note that I used the new encryption method that works only on windows 10.

I also tried removing the harddisk and connecting it to another PC that has windows 10 version 1511 and when clicking unlock drive it says that I need a newer version of windows to unlock the drive. How can that be when I have the newest version??

The user has some important data to recover and any help is appreciated to unlock the drive
The HDD is also a samsund SSD drive

Thanks

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Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:

http://www.techspot.com/community/t...e-old-usb-storage-drivers.145884/#post-875300

Andy
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the fre... Read more

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I recently bought a new SSD for my 128 Gb Dell XPS 13 (9350), but now whenever I try to boot it up it always gives me the error "Hard Drive - Not Installed". I am trying to install a clean SSD, because I feel that my old one (the one that came with it) is filled with too much junk to transfer over. Could somebody please help me fix this problem?
The SSD I bought:

A:Dell XPS 13 (9350) after SSD change it says "Hard Drive - Not Installed" when I boot it up

Since you purchased an PCIe NVMe drive, have you changed the SATA controller to AHCI in the Bios?
Do you have a 2.5 inch SATA drive?
I am not aware of the driver situation with the 9350 but if you want to use the PCIe version, the Bios has to provide the driver during boot.  If it does not at the present time, it may need a Bios update to the latest..  But I am not familiar with that particular system.

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As stated, my system runs fine but I wanted to try the F12 diagnostics to see how it worked.  To my surprise it shows a problem was found and the Hard Drive - not installed.
Would this be a normal situation when running a PCIe drive using a NVMe driver?
I am wondering what the Support Assistant would do if it popped up for some reason.  If it can't see the M.2 drive, would it give me incorrect responses?
Should I disable Support Assistant?
System is two week old XPS 13 9365 2-in-1, running a Samsung 960 Pro in PCIe mode using the Samsung NVMe driver, running without problems..
Thanks

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I have a Dell XPS 13 9360, bought in 11/2016, still under warranty.
Windows 10 Home, all updates installed.
Every once in a while (irregular intervals, once a week to once a month), the laptop freezes, then restarts, enters BIOS, and shows a message "Hard Drive not Installed", then there is a status bar showing the diagnostics is being performed, and then the laptop shuts off. After I turn it on again, Windows boots and everything works normally. Otherwise, no problems with the laptop. I don't see any clear association between freezes and what kind of work is being performed or software being run. Sometime happens during heavy load, sometimes on idle.
Things seem to get better after every BIOS update, it doesn't happen for several weeks, but then starts again. Do you think this is just a BIOS problem that may get solved eventually by updates, or is it a hardware issue? Should I contact support and attempt to fix? I imagine it would be very difficult to troubleshoot because the problem is very intermittent. Is this a common problem for other 9360 users?

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Purchased my XPS 15 9560 with i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, GTX1050 4GB, and 1080P display back in June 2017. Since installing the 1.5.0 BIOS update, I received a DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION bluescreen, and now my laptop no longer boots.
Upon powering on the laptop, I'll usually see the Dell POST screen, then it will either go black for an extended period of time before shutting down on its' own, or boot into ePSA SupportAssist Diagnostics and run through the quick troubleshooting tests. These tests will either result in a "Hard Drive - Not Installed" error, or show all hardware passing, but "No boot devices found" before shutting down.
As a computer technician with 10+ years experience in the field, I've already taken the appropriate steps to fully remove all power from the laptop, including unplugging the battery, and reseating the RAM and NVMe SSD in their sockets. The laptop still fails to boot or detect the drive on a regular basis.
Very occasionally I'll see the drive detected in the F12 Boot Options screen, as it shows up as a SanDisk A400 SSD, however, the system still locks up on a black screen should I choose to try to boot from it. I can get it to UEFI boot from a Windows 10 Installation USB, or from the Recovery USB I made with Dell's recovery tools, but only if I boot with the NVMe SSD unplugged from the motherboard. Otherwise the system hangs upon trying to boot.
I've opened up a line of support on the... Read more

A:XPS 15 9560 "No Hard Drive Installed" after 1.5.0 BIOS

In the same situation as you. Kept showing hard drive not installed. Got my xps15 two months ago, please let me know if you find a solution! Thanks!

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I just tried to switch hard drives between my EMachine T6528 to my Dell Dimension 8400. I thought I did it correctly, but it is giving me the message "No Boot Device Available". Can you direct me in what to do?
Thanks,
Kristeena7
 

A:"No boot device available" (Just installed new hard drive)

Make sure that the device to which you are trying to boot (the optical drive?) is recognized by the BIOS as bootable and enabled and is in the boot order list.
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 running XP Service Pack 3. My original Western Digital Drive was dying. This drive was the boot drive and listed first in "setup" (after hitting F2) There was also a 300GB Maxtor SATA drive already installed which I used for data storage -- not bootable. It was listed 2nd in "setup".

Ultimately the WD Drive wouldn't boot. I cleared the 300GB Maxtor and did a clean install Win XP from manuf. disks WITHOUT removing the WD - Drive 1 first. (I had hoped to remove some data I hadn't yet back up

I tried rebooting BUT if both disks were set to "On" in "setup - F2" the system would NOT boot. If Disk 1 (WD Drive) was turned off the system would boot fine. I removed the "boot partition" on Disk 1 but if both drives were turn on - no go.

I have now replaced the defective drive (WD) with a Maxtor SATA II/300 (1 TB).

The boot drive (300GB Maxtor) is the "last" drive on the SATA interface cable and the new drive (1 TB) is on the second to last connector.
Still, if the blank, new drive is turned on in "setup - F2" the system won't boot. If off, system boots. (I want to use the 1 TB drive solely for data storage).

It seems the SATA controller refuses to recognize the bootable drive if both drives are active. All I can think of is this is due to the 300GB being "Drive 2" in my original system and still listed that way in "setup". There is NO ability to c... Read more

A:Solved: Drive Crashed - XP installed on 2nd Drive - Replaced Drive Won't Work

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Hi there.

I am looking to move my 1TB of data (documents+games+movies+programs) to a 2TB harddrive (brand new harddrive). So what I want to do is to install a fresh Windows 7 onto the 2TB, and then I want to clone and copy over the 1TB harddrive's data to the 2TB harddrive, so that all of my games (with their saves) and programs will work on the 2TB harddrive.

And the obvious reason why I don't want to copy or clone the OLD windows 7 install from the 1TB is because it's full of bugs and errors, and is like 6 years old (I regularly get "rpc server is unavailable" errors and sometimes BSODs). So I want a fresh harddrive with a fresh windows 7 install, but I want all of my old data + games copied over exactly as they are. How would I go about doing this>? I do have a program called "Macrium Reflect" which will do the cloning (or I could use the Windows Transver feature maybe?).

PS. The computer will be the same ie. no new hardware will be added, I'll only be slotting in a bigger harddrive, so there won't be any hardware changes or anything of that sort. I'm an IT-tech of 3years (even though I've never done this), so don't worry about using any IT jargon, I'll understand what you're saying.

Computer setup is: Windows 7 Pro, 64bit, service pack 1.

So, is this achievable?

A:Clone old drive, to new drive that already has Windows 7 installed?

- First of all: disconnect your actual disk from the MB. This is very important to make sure your boot loader will be on the new disk.
Do a fresh install Clean Install Windows 7
When creating a user, select Test.
After installation finish, install all drivers and win 7 updates.
To save time with the updates: MS releases SP2 for Windows 7
Reboot.
Install all your programs (Office, games etc)
Under user = Test create a new user with the same name you have on your old computer (Plank?).
Log off Test and log in as Plank. Windows will create a Plank user.
Shut down.
Attach the old disk. Make sure you boot on the new disk.
Log in as Test

Now the trick.
Under user = Test rename the new \users\Plank to \users\Plank_New
Copy from the old disk your folder \users\Plank to the new \users
Shut down and remove the old drive
Boot and log in as Plank. You should have all your user settings on the new installation.

With this trick, you moved all the old registers for Plank to the new disk

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Ok-I was reinstalling Windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron 1750. I, by mistake, installed it on the D/Recovery Drive. Did not realize this until I went to install my MS Office again. After realizing my mistake I reinstalled on the C drive. Now I have Windows 7 on C and D. My recovery drive is completely full and I wanted to see if there is a way I can remove it off of my recovery drive. The one on my C drive is working great. I do know a little bit about computers. I looked over several forums online but nothing seems to be in just plain "cornbread english" for me to understand fully. Can anyone please help me....

Thanks,
Amanda

A:Windows 7 Installed on C drive and D/Recovery Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by awalls


Ok-I was reinstalling Windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron 1750. I, by mistake, installed it on the D/Recovery Drive. Did not realize this until I went to install my MS Office again. After realizing my mistake I reinstalled on the C drive. Now I have Windows 7 on C and D. My recovery drive is completely full and I wanted to see if there is a way I can remove it off of my recovery drive. The one on my C drive is working great. I do know a little bit about computers. I looked over several forums online but nothing seems to be in just plain "cornbread english" for me to understand fully. Can anyone please help me....

Thanks,
Amanda


When you reinstalled Win 7, did you do it from a DVD? If that is the case, there should not be anything on the recovery drive that you would need. Let me know how you reinstalled Win 7 and what is on the D drive.

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I have had my Dell Inspiron 17 5758 Laptop since around Feb 10, 2015 so almost 2 years now.  The lap top was working fine up until mid day yesterday now it is stuck in the "preparing sutomatic repair" loop and ends with either a black screen, saying my laptop didnt start correctly or that it couldnt repair my laptop and when i try to run a diagnostic on it it says that my hard drive is not installed. Also now the hard drove is simply not running. Is this because the hard drive as failed? Its in transit a lot and occasionnaly hits a bumps on the seat of my car when driving.
Also if i have to buy a new hard drive how would i install windows 10 on my laptop again? Will i have to pay for it again?

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How to unlock a locked a user account in windows xp? I mean after pressing windows key + L without a previous user login to his account and log off i can't log on to my own account.

A:How to unlock a locked a user account in windows xp?

Reboot the PC!

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I had Vista 64 bit on one hard drive (C). When I upgraded to Win 7 I had to do a new install as I went from Vista 64 bit Home Premium to Win 7 64 bit Professional. That wasn't a problem as I had a new 1TB drive formatted and ready to use for Win 7. However, when I installed Win 7 it installed on the new hard drive but set it up as "E". Now, I have a dual boot with Win 7 and Vista but Win 7 is drive "E". If I remove the dual boot and physically disconnect the Vista drive, can I rename the Win 7 to "C" and will all the installed software recognize "C" instead of the current "E"? I don't need the old Vista 64 bit anymore.

Obviously there is no difference on what the drive letter is, just wanted to get back to the conventional "C" drive without having to do a complete new install, now that I have everything setup and working in Win 7.

A:Win 7 installed on new drive as "E" Can I change?

You can but it has potential problems that may arise.

There is a key you can edit in the registry.

This is for XP but I've already used it fine for Windows 7 too.

Change System Drive Letter in Windows XP

In their example, substitute D: with your E:, instead.

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I had a simple question about Windows 7 Enterprise. I am a computer technician in a corporation serviceing 7000+ PC's. In the past (on Windows XP Professional) when a user would lock the computer we as administrators could unlock the computer and
force the log off of the user. Can this feature or one similar be applied In Windows 7 Enterprise if Fast User switching is turned off?

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Hi -

i accidentally Locked myself out of a drive of my computer.
I am on windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OS with NTFS File system.

Here is what i did:

Right click the Drive G: >> Properties
Security Tab: >>

I see 4 under Groups and User names.
Authenticated Users
SYSTEM
Administrators (CHETAN\Administrators)
Users (CHETAN\Users)

FYI (Chetan is the name of my computer.)

I clicked the last one... [Users (CHETAN\Users)]
Clicked the Edit button and Selected Deny for All of them.

and there we are... i even myself can't access the drive now.

Even after turning the hidden administrator account... i can't do it.

Thank you!

A:Locked me out of Windows 7 Drive.

You could try running a System Restore and scroll down to Option Two, or booting into Safe Mode by repeatedly hitting the F8 key during Bootup and selecting Safe Mode, just chose the normal Safe Mode and if you can get logged in change everything back to Allow All..

If that doesn't work try doing this:

Repair Install

Clean Install Windows 7

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I have windows 10 pro x64 free upgrade after full booting all dialogue boxes does not open,as freezed,tried to boot from windows DVD to repair installation but no success,then tried to reinstall I received message "The drive where windows is installed is locked,unlock the drive and try again"I do not use Bitlocker,Windows 10 was running fine for months,I can boot PC from Windows 7 installed on dual boot and it runs fine,I cannot find reason for Windows 10 not running and drive locked,any help is very much appreciated.

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I have windows 10 pro x64 free upgrade after full booting all dialogue boxes does not open,as freezed,tried to boot from windows DVD to repair installation but no success,then tried to reinstall I received message "The drive where windows is installed is locked,unlock the drive and try again"I do not use Bitlocker,Windows 10 was running fine for months,I can boot PC from Windows 7 installed on dual boot and it runs fine,I cannot find reason for Windows 10 not running and drive locked,any help is very much appreciated.

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Hi,

Yesterday I was working on some stuff on my computer and left it when my door rang. When I came back the computer was on but no matter how many times I tried to move the mouse or press keyboard shortcuts Windows wouldn't come back on. So I manually powered down, and then it got worse. It wouldn't repair manually or from the Windows disk. I tried all kinds of stuff. I tried a refresh install but I got this

"The drive where Windows is installed is locked"
Then this morning when I went back to back to turn it on and trouble shot. All I got was a black screen. No NVIDIA window or anything.

Please help!

Thanks

A:Windows 8 drive locked?

Hardware problem??? Mobo??? Hard Drive??? Are your files backed up off computer? If yes, try reinstalling with the Win8 DVD. Doesn't sound promising though. Don't try if you are afraid of losing anything on your computer. Note that your drive might not be bad. Thus, file recovery might be possible via another computer or your computer if repaired.

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Hello I have a harddrive that have SED and I have enabled encryption via DDP software that comes with dell. I can authenticate with my user/pass at PBA and I have also *.dat files. So only thing i need is "windows recovery kit"  that was detailed at 
How to create the recovery media for DDP | E Security Tools Self-Encrypting Drive | Dell US
www.dell.com

When Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA) is provisioned and the user’s credentials are accepted in the PBA, the system goes to a screen stating "Parity Error". The system must be recovered using a SED recovery kit, obtained from support and by removing the PBA using the [.dat] file that was...
to create bootalbe media that contains DELL OPAL SED Recovery Utility. Support unable to deliver so I need to download this

Pleas help

Joachim

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