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CD-ROM drive locked/busy?

Q: CD-ROM drive locked/busy?

My CD/DVD-ROM drive is acting up. It appears to load a CD, but then the "busy" light flashes continuously, and if I try to explore the drive, I get the message "drive is not accessible: retry/cancel." One message I received (can't remember how I got it) said the drive is locked by disk utility (or something like that).

Does it need cleaning? Is it toast? Help!

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Hey guys,

I posted this also on Tomshardware.com as I'm trying to find a definite solution to my HDD issue. Hoping to find some potential solutions here as well.
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I've been noticing lately that my hard drive seem to always be busy processing. It doesn't matter what I do...it's as if something is working in the background. Now the only change was last month when my video card died and I replaced it with a new one (Radeon HD7750) but I don't see how it would related...or does it?

In any case, my computer isn't new. It's a Dell Dimension 9200. The current hard drive is the original: A 500gb Samsung HD501LG. I ran a whole bunch of different programs to check the disc such as HDTune and Active Smart and so on. All say drive is ok so I'm confused. The only message I received was from the Performance Monitor saying, "The average disk queue length is 2. The disk may be at its maximum transfer capacity due to throughput and disk seeks".

I had done a clean install about 4 months ago and not even half of what is currently on my HDD is back on as back then I realized I had too many games installed and didn't play them. Hence there is even less data on . Indexing is off, defrag is off. One thing I can point out is that some of the PC games I... Read more

A:Hard Drive seems always busy, busy, busy

What, if anything, does the tab named Disk show within Resource Monitor show.

Or you can try Process Explorer.

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Hey guys my cd/dvd drive is always busy even if there is no disc in the tray.the tray light stays on always when i close it and can hear that its busy.been going on for a month now dont know the reason or what to do.

Pliz help
 

A:Cd/dvd drive always busy

Desktop or laptop? Brand and model of optical drive? Brnd and model of computer?
This is a typical sign of optical drive failure. Tell us more.
 

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I have this HUGE problem with my Kingston 8gb Usb drive.
First problem (and how it started, i suspect) is when it was still working. I logged on, plugged it in, and used it for a while. after that, I closed out of word and "my computer" (as in on the computer in My Computer) and tried to safely remove the drive.
"This drive is still in use"
So, what the heck, I tried again. same result. this time, I just pulled it out, manually, without safely removing it. now I want to access it again, only it doesn't read. this computer was an xp, by the way.
Now, I went to the other computer. plugged it in, it read it this time. The other Computer was a windows 7.
I'm done, so I safely remove it again.
"This drive is still in use"
Again, I just pull it out. now Today, that computer won't read, and the Xp won't read. I searched for a bit, found that solution where you go to disk management to do all that stuff. Problem 3: The drive, even when plugged in, (It's usually drive F, by the way) won't show up in the disk manager at the bottom, where Drive C and the dvd drive D shows up.
Also, I checked in the processes of Task Manager on both computers, and none that shouldn't be there.
 

A:Solved: Usb drive won't run, always busy.

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Depending on what type of CD I put in the drive the annoyance level of this varies. If I put a game CD (with autorun) in it spins constantly and makes a ton of noise. If I just put a regular data cd it doesn't make as much noise, but I notice that the green busy light stays on. The game will still play with the CD making noise, but I think it may be degrading performance and it very loud and annoying. I've tried ejecting and reinserting, but it doesn't make any difference.
 

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/514485/hard-drive-constantly-busy-for-some-reason - Hamluis.
 
I have the same issue with Windows 7, I will post a picture below.  It would be awesome if I could find out why the hard drive keeps whirling.  It is driving me crazy.  I work in a very quiet office and that is all I can hear.

A:Hard Drive Busy

You really should start your own topic.
 
Please download and run SeatTool for Windows.
 
Before the installation begins you will be prompted to either Decline or Accept the terms of the installation, click on I Accept.
 
Once the installation begins you will see an image similar to the one below.
 

 
1.  SeaTools for Windows will search for HDDs and SSDs on your computer.  Please remove any external storage devices connected via USB ports.
 
2.  Detected Drives will list the HDDs and SSDs found.  Place a check mark in the drive box you want to run the scan on.
 
3.  You will see Basic Tests above Detected Drives, move the mouse pointer over this.
 
4.  A menu will open with options for the different scans, please click on Long Generic Test
 
5.  This will start the scan.  When the scan is complete you will see the result under Test Status , please post the results in your topic.
 
 
 
6.  Post the results of the scan in your topic.
 
7.  Click on Help, then click on View Log File.  If the scan failed take a screen shot of the Log File and post it in your topic.

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When I first fire up my computer, it takes a while for the system to check things and be ready; I understand why that delay occurs. But often I will simply check one email on Yahoo or Gmail and while I am sitting quietly reading that email, I will see the light for the internal hard drive being very active and it will go out to my external hard drive and that light will come on for a long time. Then after several minutes of doing that, the lights will shut off and go quiet. I am curious, what the heck is the computer doing all that time?
 

A:Why is my hard drive so Busy?

I will see the light for the internal hard drive being very active and it will go out to my external hard drive and that light will come on for a long time. Then after several minutes of doing that, the lights will shut off and go quiet. Click to expand...

It sounds to me like your computer is doing a scheduled or automatic backup to the external hard drive.

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Hello All-
New to the forums here....
I'd really like to know what's going on with my machine here; It's about a year old Dell Inspiron, Vista home premium Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz. Should be a hot rod, I hear, but......
It has slowed down quite a bit in the last few months. I noticed that while surfing, every time I click to change pages the hard drive light comes on steady for about 8 seconds, then, as soon as it goes out, the page changes. The modem lights don't start flashing till the page actually changes, so I'm thinking it's not the DSL, but my machine.
I'm using Qwest DSL, but it's the slowest DSL they have, due to being in a rural area. I also disabled indexing service. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

A:[SOLVED] Hard drive very busy

try a little disk cleanup. get rid of your temporary files and see if it helps. if your drive is getting full, it can slow things down.

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I would like to know if what I am about to describe is occurring with many other users. Since I upgraded from Win7 to WIn10, I have noticed that my SSD seems to be a lot busier than it was in Win7. I've got a SSD so this disk activity is certainly not loud by any means. But I never used to hear those subtle little 'clicks' so frequently in the background as I do now. I have turned off many of the features under privacy (including the one that shares my internet connection with others to acquire WIndows Updates). But this 'busy' activity seems to continue. First, I thought if must be the new OS indexing all of my files since I did a clean install. But since it's now been a few weeks, that does not explain it. Does anyone have any thoughts on this issue? Thanks.

A:Windows 10 and a busy hard drive?

Originally Posted by scott784


I would like to know if what I am about to describe is occurring with many other users. Since I upgraded from Win7 to WIn10, I have noticed that my SSD seems to be a lot busier than it was in Win7. I've got a SSD so this disk activity is certainly not loud by any means. But I never used to hear those subtle little 'clicks' so frequently in the background as I do now. I have turned off many of the features under privacy (including the one that shares my internet connection with others to acquire WIndows Updates). But this 'busy' activity seems to continue. First, I thought if must be the new OS indexing all of my files since I did a clean install. But since it's now been a few weeks, that does not explain it. Does anyone have any thoughts on this issue? Thanks.



Have a look in task manager and see what is busy, also stop programs from opening with windows in the boot section.

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Whenever I am connected to my VPN every 5 seconds the system hits the following files/directories:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\rasphone.pbk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\rasphone.pbk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\rasphone.pbk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ras\
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ras\
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ras\
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\default.LOG
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\default.LOG
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\default.LOG
C:\autoexec.bat
C:\autoexec.bat
C:\autoexec.bat
C:\autoexec.bat
C:\autoexec.bat
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temp
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\syste... Read more

A:Busy Hard Drive when connected to VPN

I found the culprit to be my security software McAfee Security Center was causing the problem. I narrowed it down by turning off services and found the McAfee Network Agent. Once that is stopped and disabled. The hard drive is not longer chugging away while I am on VPN. This does take away my ability to manage networks through McAfee Security Center.
 

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My wife's ACER 5100 has lately slowed WAY down. It takes forever to boot and do anything. When it does finish booting the memory is 80% used up and the hard drive light is constantly flashing... I ran CCleaner and Easy Cleaner, as well as a full system virus scan. Any clue what the problem could be and how to fix it? I have attached the hijackthis log, but after that have no clue
Thanks for any suggestions.

Scott
 

A:Memory is all used up and hard drive ia always busy,,,

I see in your log that she has pcap installed. This is used legitimately in network monitoring/diagnosis software to capture info flowing across the wire. If you have never installed such software, I would deem it suspicious, as capturing network traffic can reveal account #s and other juicy things of interest to hackers.
 

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Hi!

Got a new laptop the other day (HP Pavillion DV7-1070eg, great one), but I've been wondering about a few things. One is that I have two 320 GB hard disks installed, but the three drives I have on my computer only add up to a total of 450 GB. So I'm wondering where the other 190 GB of hard disk space are? Do you think Vista has anything to do with that? Or is it a partitioning issue?

Can anybody suggest a free program (or maybe even one included in Vista) that shows me the partitioning of my hard drives?

And the other, even more pressing question, is: whenever I boot that laptop, the hard disk keeps rattling for minutes on end, and long after the GUI is up and running. Some program seems to be doing a lot of business in the background! At first, I thought Vista was just swapping, but this goes on even after I established fixed size swap files for my drives. Any ideas what that might be? It's slowing down the PC, and I can't think of what the PC would be doing. I have turned off the automatic updates already, so I'm ruling them out.

Darn it, I hate it when programs do crap without my knowing and consent.

Hope you can shed some light! Maybe somebody has had the same problem in the past :-)

Thanks!
Matthias.

A:Something is keeping my hard drive busy all the time :-(

Hi Matthias. . .

To check your hard drive and partitions:
START | type diskmgmt.msc into the start search box - hit enter

Your second item about the boot-up - I have an HP dv7-1020us and do like it, but I can tell you that I had to go in and get rid of some items that I found were hanging at boot-up or just causing problems. One was QuickPlay, another Norton Internet Security. There are still some lingering issues that I have yet to get to on my system. I'd like to see what is going on in your system to see if it mirrors this one in any manner.

Please click on the link below in my sig area for Live SysInternals AutoRuns and save it to your desktop. Right-click on it and run as admin. Then let it scan for needed registry info. Save it as an ARN file - you will see the default ARN file extension when you go to save it. For info, the SysInternals AutoRuns program is from Microsoft TechNet.


Also, run msinfo32 and save as NFO file -
START | type msinfo32 into start search box - enter. Save w/NFO default file extension.

Zip up the ARN and NFO files and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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My PC is very slow to start lately with the Hard Drive very busy even though the Idle Process is in high 90%. I am concerned that something is working unseen. It was suggested that I run the HijackThis program by a work colleague and submit it to a forum to see if anything untoward is present. So here it is.......... The HijackThis Logfile is reproduced below:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 22:32:40, on 16/02/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\windows\System32\smss.exeC:\windows\system32\winlogon.exeC:\windows\system32\services.exeC:\windows\system32\lsass.exeC:\windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\windows\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXEC:\windows\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\3.8.0.41\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exeC:\windows\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\windows\System32\svch... Read more

A:Why is Hard Drive Busy when PC is apparently Idle

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Greetings,
 
A week or so ago I have noticed that my hard drive is constantly busy for some reason even when the system is idle. I can hear that it is constantly busy and the hard drive light is constantly indicating activity. I started noticing it a few days ago. I have run both Malwarebyes (trial version) and Superantispyware (paid-for-version) and they don't find anything.
 
After researching the net, I disovered a post that said to enable I/O reads and I/O other to determine what is running. I noticed Sascore64.exe had a very high I/O read value. Turns out that this file is part of Superantispyware and was listed as good on many websites. I also noticed csrss.exe also had a very high value. After researching this one I found it to be good as well. I also checked the location of this file to determine if it was in the proper place and it was. I did not disable this one.
 
I decided to stop the sascore64 process and see if the hard drive activity would slow or stop. After stopping it, the hard drive activity remained constant.
 
Question is, since I have never noticed this much activity with the hard drive even in the idle state, is there a possible virus at work? I have scanned with both programs listed above and they don't find anything. One week ago or so, there was a windows update that ran. Is it possible this had something to do with this, as it is the only thing that has really changed in the last week.
 
My Specs:
HP Pavilion DX7
Windows 7
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A:Hard drive constantly busy for some reason.

- Right-click on taskbar and select Task Manager.
- In Task Manager, select Performance Tab.
- Click on Resource Monitor button.
- Select Disk tab.
- Under Process with Disk activity you can see which programs are accessing your hard disk.
 
Which programs do you see? If possible attach a snapshot in your post.

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I recently bought an HP Pavilion AMD Phenom with 8GB RAM running Windows Vista. For a full 10 minutes, right after restart, my hard drive starts writing to a System Volume Information file, which is a very long file name that begins with "{". Is this normal activity? I've been searching the internet for days and days for information on this, to no avail. I keep running across folks talking about the lastalive1.dat, Search index, and Superfetch being possible culprits. Just yesterday, I downloaded HijackThis for the first time, to help me better analyze the situation. I apologize ahead of time if my etiquette sucks; I'm new to submitting these log files ... and I'm new to seeking forum help. I was curious about what "(file missing)" means in my HijackThis log. Oh yeah, I'm used to dealing with the quirks of XP, not Vista. Anyway, I'm gonna attach my HijackThis log.

A:Hard Drive Extremely Busy on Startup

Hello sullivanradley,Sorry about the delay. If you still need help, please post a new HijackThis log to make sure nothing has changed, and I'll be happy to look at it for you.Thanks,tea

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Hello,

My mother has a Dell Dimension 4550 running Windows XP SP3. About 2 days ago she started having a problem where after she boots her computer and logs in, the system stays extremely busy and she cannot click or type anything. The disk drive sounds like it is running constantly and anytime she positions the mouse over the taskbar it turns to an hourglass symbol. She has waited over an hour before and the situation does not clear so she has to power off her computer.

We are able to start the computer in Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Networking. We have tried using MSCONFIG to disable everything in her STARTUP, but we receive error "An Access Denied error was received when attempting to change a service. You may need to logon using an Administrator account to make the changes." This message appears even though we are logged on with Administrator.

We downloaded Super AntiSpyware, but when we attempt to install it we receive error "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation."

We were able to install and run Malwarebytes AntiMalware. A quick scan found and removed 15 Adware entries and one registry entry for AntivirusDisableNotify. I apologize that I cannot post the entire log here, but when I went back into MBAM and selected Logs this particular logfile had disappeared. I subsequently ran a MBAM Full Scan and it found 3 problems which I selected to fix. I have pasted the 2nd MBAM logfile at the bottom of this po... Read more

A:WinXP Disk Drive Busy after Startup

Please reboot your computer Update mbam and run a FULL scanPlease post the resultsIf you downloaded Superantispyware to you Desktop, try renaming the .exe to .scr and see if it will installFrom your description, I'm more inclined to believe that you have a damaged hard drive ready to failDell's diagnostic utility already told you that.When it finally starts popping up all of the time it will be too lateFind out the make of the hard drive (It will tell you in Device Manager) and go to the manufacturer's support sitr.In their drivers and download section, they will have a diagnostic utility that you can burn to a cd and run

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This has me beaten so far ...

I run a small home LAN, 2 XP PCs, simple wired XP LAN sharing files & printing.
There is an external drive on the first PC where we keep shared data. The significant folders are shared (for easier location), as is the drive itself.

I recently upgraded both PCs to office 2007, not sure if thats the problem though.

When the second PC tries to save a spreadsheet (new or changed) to a shared folder on the first PC's external drive, we get errors. Normally:-
path/filename 'is currently in use. Try again later.'

Of course its not in use and I can save to that folder OK from the first PC, we only get problems from the second PC. We run Zone Alarm so that's also a contender for the cause, but I have tried to isolate that as a problem without success.

Anyone got any solutions/ideas?

Thanks
Alan
 

A:Excel 2007 Shared network drive 'busy'

Hi - me again

I tested it wasn't my firewalls, and I can copy files to the target drives with explorer - so I am pretty sure it has something to do with Office 2007. We did install office 2007 but we couldn't be sure it started happening around then, and from my PC I can save with office 2007 so it looked like it might be something else.

But everything else is pretty much ruled out now - so anyone got any idea why office 2007 would be so slow writing to an external disk folder that once it creates the empty file, it comes back saying it is busy? Yes, it leaves an empty file with the correct name & extention behind - wierd.

Help please!
 

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The question up-front: Could I have become a victim of one of those "take control of your computer" scams? I worry, because I am on-line all the time with a fast cable wi-fi connection (although lately it seems to be slower than when I began with the cable company about 2 yesrs ago). My computer is old but has served me quite well. I have 128 MB of RAM, a 600 MHz Pentium III processor, a 19 Gb Hard drive. It came with Windows 98 SE in the Spring of 2000. About a year ago I installed Windows XP Professional. This seemed OK for many reasons, except those that you'd expect, like programs won't run anymore because they are out of date w/ Windows XP. But it seemed a bit slower. About 4 months ago I installed Norton Security. I figure I must need some anti-virus, anti-this and anti-that for my own protection. (My membership in the old one ran out.) This slowed me down tremendously. I can't open a document from my own computer without Norton checking it for a virus. Seems pretty stupid to me. But more to the point, is that it constantly goes to the net to update itself. I never know when this will happen, nor can I control it. Computer will barely function. But even when I think it isn't updating, I hear all this busy noise coming from my hard drive. It seems to never stop. Can anyone enlighten me what exactly is happening here? I know I can solve it by buying a new computer, but I think I should be able to figure a way around this. Thanks in advance fo... Read more

A:Very Slow Computer, Busy Sounds from Hard Drive

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Hey guys!
 
Recently, I've been noticing the hard drive "busy" light starts flashing a lot when it is not in use. The computer has been running slower since I noticed this. Websites "hang" for a second or two when trying to visit URLs as well.
 
Last night, I decided to get rid of AVG and installed Microsoft Security Essentials instead. Left it scanning overnight and it found a potential threat. I deleted the threat before taking note of the name of it. I did another scan after restarting and it nothing else was detected.
 
Afterwards, I ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which found nothing. I also defragmented my hard drive and cleaned out some clutter with CCleaner (both haven't been done in months).
 
I have been using the computer all day and it still has the same issues. Not too sure what else to do next. Any help would be appreciated!
 
 
Thanks,
Luis

A:Hard drive "busy" light flashes when idle

Please download MINITOOLBOX and run it.http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/farbar/MiniToolBox.exeCheckmark following boxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset Ie proxy SettinsReset FF proxy settingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Devices (problems only)Click Go and post the result. Download Adware Cleaner run it Click the delete button allow it to run and post the log it creates.http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleanerDownload the junkware removal tool save it to your desktop run it in safe mode post the log.http://thisisudax.org/downloads/JRT.exeDownload Emsisoft Emergency Kit and save it to your desktop. Right-click on EmsisoftEmergencyKit.zip and select Extract All.... Leave all settings as they are and click Extract. You will now have a folder named EmsisoftEmergencyKit on your desktop.Open the EmsisoftEmergencyKithttp://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/download/folder and double-click Start.exe.A new window will open. Under "Run Directly:" click Emergency Kit Scanner.When asked to run an online update, click Yes.When the update is finished, click the Back to Security Status link in the left corner. On the main screen click the Scan Now button.Select the Deep Scan option and click the SCAN button.When the scan is finished click the Quarantine selected objects button. Note,... Read more

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Folks,

I have a strange problem which has gradually been getting worse over the past couple of months. I have a system which I built with a primary SSD containing the OS and a secondary 1Tb WD caviar green drive which contains mostly media files. The second drive is partitioned into 650mb, 250mb and 100mb partitions. The problem started to show up a couple of months ago when the partitions on the secondary drive would randomly disappear. Over time the frequency of the drop out of the secondary drive is increasing.

I have spent some time investigating the problem, as it is getting really frustrating, and have tried the following; replaced the sata cables on both drives, changed the sata ports which the drives are plugged into, changed the secondary drive, run chkdsk on both drives, run WD data lifeguard (took over 4 hours) on the 1TB secondary drive. None of this has made any difference.

What I have discovered is that the problem can be replicated fairly easily. If I use iTunes to play some music from the secondary drive and then launch a disk intensive executable on the primary then the drop out happens if the load on the primary disk lasts long enough. For example loading Opera or Chrome will cause the problem to appear. If I go into the device manager and scan for hardware changes then the missing drive will reappear. It seems to be therefore that there is some kind of bottleneck in the system when the primary drive is busy causing the OS to lose track of the ... Read more

A:Secondary Hard Drive being lost when primary is busy.

Hi 23Man.

Could you post a screenshot of your disk layout for us to look at.
(double click the 'Computer' icon on you desktop or select 'Computer' from the Start menu)

Thanks.

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I clone my OS and, long after it's done, I still can't release the clone because I get a message that says the device is still in use (but it's not as far as I can tell). My understanding is that this feature is used to prevent disconnecting a device while it is being read to or from. Therefore, is it OK to disconnect the drive even though I'm getting that message? In my case, waiting for hours still won't allow me to release (disconnect) my clone.

A:Windows will not release my externals drive - device is busy

I have been told to not disconnect the drive but to shut down the computer.

That's what I do and have never had a problem.

Others may have another opinion.

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Hi Guys.
I built this PC myself about 2 years ago, it's great. Provides me with plenty of power for my Sound & Video production needs.

In the last week or so the hard drive is constantly ticking away even when i'm doing nothing. I've tried MalwareBytes, Spybot search & destroy, SUperantispyware & even bought a new hard drive and cloned my current harddrive just to make sure it wasn't a hardware issue. I run AVG as my usual anti-virus. There's nothing in my startup.

Any help would be much appreciated.. this is having a major impact on my creative projects. Formatting and starting fresh isn't really an option... but if that's where we end up then i guess....

Aside from killing whatever it is keeping my HDD busy, I want to remove any unnecessary service to keep my PC primed for Audio/visual (i.e my adobe programs)

THANK YOU!!!!!
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:31:04 AM, on 22/03/2014
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v10.0 (10.00.9200.16521)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\HDD Health\hddhealth.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\Update Core\NvBackend.exe
C:\Users\i7 workstation\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\i7 workstation\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\i7 workstation\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
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A:Hard drive always busy.. making my system SLOW.

Just checking
 

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Hi all,
 
My laptop will periodically slow way, way down, barely responding and the hard drive light is solid.  If I wait 30 minutes or so, the hard drive light starts looking normal and again and the computer responds again normally.  The problem usually occurs within a few minutes after I wake it up from sleeping.
 
Any ideas as to how to find out what's causing this?
 
I am running W7 on a Toshiba laptop with 3GB of ram.  The hard drive is regularly defragged and is only 2/3 full.
 
Thank You!
 
-Rob 

A:Computer periodically slows way down, hard drive very busy

I would start by googling your make and model of the Toshiba laptop and looking up what the lights mean.  Sometimes just because a light is solid doesn't necessarily mean it's OK. 
 
Pay attention from the start of POST as well.  Lots of times there will be a specific sequence with the lights that tell you whether they're fine or not. 
 
I know with Dells in the past there has been 5 lights and depending on the sequence would indicate that either there was a problem or it was fine.  If there was a problem, you'd know exactly what parts to replace depending on the sequence.  Mind you that was for power issues but now knowing your specific model and how it was engineered, something similar may be taking place. 

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OS: Windows XP Pro
AMD Athlon 3200

Hello! I?ve suddenly encountered problems loading windows, after many hours of trying to fix the problem I?ve had enough!!

Problem 1:

When I log into windows (or before I even attempt to) my hard drive starts to become extremely busy and after entering my password my desktop will take around 10 mins to load (it would usually take 10 seconds), first it will be my desktop wallpaper, then the start menu will appear then the Icons?it takes a further 10/15 mins for the PC to ?Settle Down? and stop being so slow?up to that point the hard drive is going crazy! It then takes ages to load any programmes and takes an age to log off\shut down.

I have run AVG and Ad-aware, nothing detected?I have also stopped any programmes loading at start-up in msconfig, all except from ctfmon.exe which won?t stop from loading.

The processes running are:

Running processes:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

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A:Computer suddenly slow/hard drive constantly busy & other problems

Well the first thing I want you to check is this:
Right click My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager

In the window that loads click the + next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers > Select Primary IDE Channel > Properties > Advanced Settings and tell us what the settings there are.

These setting controls the speed that your harddrive transfers data at.

It is also possible that your harddrive is failing which would cause slow read/write times. If you could post the maker of your harddrive we can direct you to their specific diagnostic tool to see if your harddrive is in fact failing.

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OS: Windows XP Pro
AMD Athlon 3200

Hello! I’ve suddenly encountered problems loading windows, after many hours of trying to fix the problem I’ve had enough!!

Problem 1:

When I log into windows (or before I even attempt to) my hard drive starts to become extremely busy and after entering my password my desktop will take around 10 mins to load (it would usually take 10 seconds), first it will be my desktop wallpaper, then the start menu will appear then the Icons…it takes a further 10/15 mins for the PC to “Settle Down” and stop being so slow…up to that point the hard drive is going crazy1! It then takes ages to load any programmes and takes an age to log off\shut down. After about an hour of my desktop being active, the hard drive will have stopped and it will only be a little bit s;pwer than usual than usual to load programmes.

I have run AVG and Ad-aware, nothing detected…I have also stopped any programmes loading at start-up in msconfig, all except from ctfmon.exe which won’t stop from loading.

The processes running are:

Running processes:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
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A:Windows loading very slow/hard drive constantly busy & other problems

Welcome to TSG....

To download HJTsetup.exe from TrendSecure To Download HijackThis go to the following at the File Repository
Click on the link below to Download HijackThis Self Installer:
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Click on the link below to Download HijackThis Self Installer:

http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/threat_analytics/HJTInstall.exe

Save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
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I'm not sure what started to cause this. My computer was working perfectly fine up until this week.
HP dv6 Pavillion laptop, 500gb with 40% free, Windows 7 with latest updates, 4Gb RAM.

The symptom is this: All of the sudden, applications start throwing the "not responding" state. I check my hard drive light and see it's on non-stop (no flicker). When I listen to the laptop, I hear the hard drive in a "loop" of click sounds. A bunch of rapid clicks for about 2 seconds that ends in a "double-click" sound, a pause, then repeats. It just keeps going. If I close down Outlook and a bunch of other applications, and wait, the pattern eventually stops and my laptop is functioning normally again.

I've run a disk defragmenter program and overall my drive showed to be in good shape. I also ran a disk surface detector and didn't find anything wrong, no bad sectors.

At first I thought Outlook might have been the culprit, but I've seen it trigger when something else is running, like Event Viewer.

So my question is... is my laptop suffering from a "partial" hardware issue? Or is it a software problem? I managed to get the task manager running when the busy hard drive issue popped up, to see what program was taxing the CPU, and... nothing. I couldn't get the Resource Monitor open, because it was just too damned busy.

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A:Sporadic hard drive intensely busy, apps stop responding

Open a Resource Monitor and switch to Disk tab and keep it open. Sort by Reads and then Writes when this happens next. See if you can find the culprit.

You can also try a clean startup - Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

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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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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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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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I just got a new/used Acer Aspire One laptop. The OS on the Acer and my home computer (a Gateway laptop) is Win 7 Home 32 bit. A Cruzer 4gb USB flash drive came with the Acer laptop.
The USB flash drive has been split up. 3.73gb's is on the original (drive letter G) and 97meg's is on a virtual drive (drive letter F). According to Win 7 computer management. The virtual drive on the USB stick is locked. Every attempt to dump the virtual drive and make the hole USB flash drive 4gb's with 1 drive letter have hit a dead end. I can reformat the 3.73gb on the original drive letter G but the virtual drive F remains read only. And I don't need the prog stored there anyways.
 

A:re: how to del a locked virtual drive on a usb flash drive

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As a beginning user of Windows 8 Pro I still have my old XP installation on a separate hard disk. I tried to keep both systems in the same machine by dual-boot setup. However soon Windows 8 refused too boot with error smthg like 'Locked drive'. I just guess that maybe the previous XP session ran filecheck or smthing and now Win 8 notices unexpected tampering and security kicks in. Now I must reinstall Windows 8?

I learned that Win 8 has new advanced security measures that might be the the factor. Is there any means to loosen the security or prevent XP touching the Win 8 drive? Before I have happily multibooted 2 different Windowses and Linux installation in the same machine , all using common drives...

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Hi, not sure how I've done it but I was trying to share my c: drive with another laptop in the house and somehow I've managed to change the permissions so that the c: drive is read only to all users including admins!

I'm an administrator user but can't access the drive. I've activated the Vista Administrator user but nor can that.

I've done some googling and I can get an elevated cmd prompt by safe boot with command prompt and run the secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose command but that hasn't sorted it

So, I'm now at a loss as to how to reset the permissions back so I can fully access it. My next option I think is to remove the hdd and put it in a USB caddy, and then recover all the user data onto a new hdd with a fresh Vista install on.

..unless anyone knows another way round the problem?

A:Help, I've locked myself out of my C: drive!!!

Hi try this and see if you can reverse what you did Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista

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After thinking my computer was running well I made a restore point to that effect, after defragging and using check disc. I continued using my computer and a couple of times rebooted without problems after installing windows updates. The next morning when booting up I was completely locked out at the welcome page, asking me to validate my copy of Windows. This I did over 4 years ago, and would have ticked the box to say yes, unfortunately the mouse locked.

I have put another copy of XP onto my D:\ drive to get here and write this, but with only 25 days for activation, which I do not want. Has anybody any idea please what has happened. I do have back-ups but they would only work if I reformatted my C:\ drive which is a lot of bother.

I have tried starting in safe mode, last good known configuration, but it always locks at the welcome screen.
 

A:C:\ drive locked up

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hello friends, I have downloaded a drive lock software. it is trial version. Now its trial version is finished. And My d drive is locked. I tried lot to unlock it. because its trial period is finished so that it is not unlocking. can you suggest me how to unlock it.

A:locked drive

What is the name of the software?

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my attempt to backup and restore using Macrium Reflect failed with message noting "unable to lock c drive'. please advise
 

A:locked drive

If you are trying to restore the complete hard drive,
you can't do it from windows as it locks the drive.
You will need to boot from the rescue CD and
restore from there.
http://www.macrium.com/blog/2008/06/21/HowToRecoverYourPCUsingTheLinuxRescueCDPartI.aspx
 

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not sure what is wrong, access denied files

A:c drive is locked

All processes killed
========== OTL ==========
Registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0730F524-53F7-47B2-B71E-9AD900AF7642}\ not found.
Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0730F524-53F7-47B2-B71E-9AD900AF7642}\ not found.
Registry key }\ not found.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{6A1806CD-94D4-4689-BA73-E35EA1EA9990


Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{6A1806CD-94D4-4689-BA73-E35EA1EA9990}\ not found.
Registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{90371835-F461-47D3-BE00-88C7DF827960}\ not found.
Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{90371835-F461-47D3-BE00-88C7DF827960}\ not found.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\\ProxyEnable|dword:0 /E : value set successfully!
Folder C:\Users\Simona\AppData\Roaming\mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\k2k30ywa.default\extensions\{B821BF60-5C2D-41EB-92DC-3E4CCD3A22E4}\ not found.
Registry key  not found.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser
Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2318C2B1-4965-11D4-9B18-009027A5CD4F}\ not found.
File C:\Users\Simona\AppData\Local\DCBC2A71-70D8-4DAN-EHR8-E0D61DEA3FDF.ini not found.
File C:\Users\Simona\AppData\Local\DCBC2A71-70D8-4DAN-EHR8-E0D61DEA3FDF.ini not found.
File C:\Users\Simona\AppData\Local\fusioncache.dat not found.
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Hi all, so here's an interesting problem. A friend of mine managed to use the cacls administrative tool to lock himself out of his c drive, which windows was unfortunately installed on. He "had" two admin accounts, one TestAdmin, one his name. He used cacls to lock the TestAdmin account out of c drive access, or so he thought. Apparently he managed to lock himself completely out of c drive, and now his computer won't boot. The first problem he encounters is that it asks what to boot from, and when he selects the hard drive it seems to boot normally. Then it comes up with "autochk program not found - skipping AUTOCHECK". After this it just tries to boot up again, and encounters the same problems.

Is it possible to fix this without completely deleting the My Documents folder, because there is information that he needs to use next Saturday.

He has the Windows install disk if needed.

CPU Athlon 3200+ 2.2GHz
1GB DDR Corsair PC2100 (We think)
Asus K8V
Radeon 9800 PRO 128MB AGP

Sorry for the lack of system specs, but we built it a long time ago, and don't remember what exactly is in it.

Thanks in advance.

A:Locked out of C drive

Not familair with the porgram at all, mayb a Repair Install will work?


Perform a Repair Installation

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

1.When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

2.Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

3.Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

4.In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

6.Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

If you have xp sp2 installed it needs to be incorporated into your xp disk or it will not offer the repair option only the clean install.

Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Create Bootable CD

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I have windows xp---message says ,one of my drives is locked---how and where do I find the drive and unlock it---many thanks

A:locked drive

Welcome to TSF....

How many accounts are on the computer or are you the only user for this computer?

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I tried to refresh my PC. Windows 8 64-bit. Now it tells me no operating system is found. When I try to install from CD-Rom. It tells me. The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. I have no idea how to do this.

A:the drive is locked?

Where exactly does it give this error? At what point in the install process? Have you tried deleting the partition first and then installing (If you do this, you will lose any data on the drive, so only do it if your data is backed up).

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sir my friend type some commands in cmd prompt and in my computer one drive is blocked i want to open that drive,what is the command to block open for the drive

A:my drive is locked

You will have to provide us with a lot more information. What Drive is blocked? Is it your boot drive with the Windows OS on it? Or is it secondary data drive? What command did the "friend" type in? What is the error message you get when accessing the drive. Have you tried to take ownership of the drive?

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Hi,
I have an asus x550c running 8.1. I cannot get acces to anything except the ant virus task manager and f9 where I get one of the following:-

A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed

The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again.
I have tried to get into safe mode via the f9 key advanced options.

I have tried to repair the MBR and chkdsk /r. I looked at diskpart and there seems to be two of each partiion. as follows:-

Partition Type size offset
Partion 1 system 100 mb 1024 kb
Partion 2 Recovery 900 mb 101 mb
Partion 3 Reserved 128 mb 1001 mb
Partion 4 Primary 372 gb 1129 mb
Partion 5 Recovery 450 mb 373 gb
Partion 6 Primary 537 gb 373 gb
Partion 7 Recovery 28 gb 911 gb

Obviously there is something wrong with that but I am now stumped. I need to get at a recovery partion. If anyone can point me in a direction I would appreciate it.

Many thanks
 

A:Locked drive

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Hi, i have been trying to fix locked files and read only problems in windows 7 and have somehow locked myself out of the C drive. When i click on the drive i get the message "location is not available , C\is not accessible, access is denied". When i right click on properties, security,continue , i get -"cant open access control editor. access is denied". When i right click properties, sharing, adv. settings i get 'your administrator has blocked you from running this program". I am still able to run programs which have icons on the desk top. I am unable to restore in normal or safe mode. hope someone can help .

A:Locked Drive

Have you tried a system restore?

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I have windows 8.1 and am trying to do a refresh as I've had some problems. But I keep getting a message that says, "The drive where windows are installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again." I then did a scan using "SFC/SCANNOW" When it was finished it said that it found some corrupt files but could not fix some of them. So the question is: What is a locked drive and how do you unlock it? Thanks
Frank

A:locked drive

Bit Locker?

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RELEVANCY SCORE 40.4

Im using WinXP MCE, I downloaded a program called WinGuard2006 and password protected C:/. but now that i need to access it i have removed all passwords, set WinGuard to stop locking. When i try to access C: now i get a message telling me restrictions are in place and to contact my administrator although i have removed all locks. I have tried to remove WinGuard from my Laptop but it doesn't appear on Add or Remove Programs. It also cant be found using search. What can I do??

Thanks in Advance, Gary.

A:Locked C: drive

How do I know you are you? I was going to help, but thought what if
you are not supposed to get into the c:drive. As in not your pc/laptop.
Sorry...It sucks if you are you, I hate programs that will not uninstall.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 40.4

Hi,
I have an asus x550c running 8.1. I cannot get acces to anything except the ant virus task manager and f9 where I get one of the following:-

A required device isn?t connected or can?t be accessed

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

I have tried to repair the MBR and chkdsk /r. I looked at diskpart and there seems to be two of each partiion. as follows:-

Partition Type size offset
Partion 1 system 100 mb 1024 kb
Partion 2 Recovery 900 mb 101 mb
Partion 3 Reserved 128 mb 1001 mb
Partion 4 Primary 372 gb 1129 mb
Partion 5 Recovery 450 mb 373 gb
Partion 6 Primary 537 gb 373 gb
Partion 7 Recovery 28 gb 911 gb

Obviously there is something wrong with that but I am now stumped. I need to get at a recovery partion. If anyone can point me in a direction I would appreciate it.

Many thanks

A:Locked drive

Hi see option 5 here 5 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 you may also need to access the bios and disable fast boot.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 40.4

Hi folks, my problem is this, on 1 of our home pc,s xp pro, when i try 2 run chkdisk i get a message come up that this drive is locked, windows cannot open this drive for direct access, any ideas how 2 unlock/overide this problem will be appreciated. thanks in advance.

Bill.
 

A:Locked drive

might be caused by your anti virus program or disk monitoring software if you have any. try disabling any first. you might have to disable there services if any also.
 

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