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Trying to repair Window8 but "drive is locked"

Q: Trying to repair Window8 but "drive is locked"

Hi,Apologies if this has been answered already, but I couldn't find anything on the boards. My ideapad is showing error saying PC needs to be repaired. error code 0xc0000098. I thought I could use my Windows 8 disc to recover/repair, but when using the Repair facility (Repair > Troubleshoot > Refresh your PC) I get the message "drive is locked". Microsoft tell me this is something only Lenovo can help with... Does anyone have an idea what I might need to do? I can't pull the drive out or send the pc away - it's my Mum's; she's visiting and lives on another continent... Many thanks for your help!!Marc

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Preferred Solution: Trying to repair Window8 but "drive is locked"

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A: Trying to repair Window8 but "drive is locked"

Is it possible you have bitlocker turned on?

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I have an ASUS laptop which came with Win 8, upgraded to Win 8.1 then upgraded to Win 10. Had a problem of rebooting unexpectedly. Restore did not help. Having problems getting a rescue disk to boot up ( ASUS bios is a bit odd to set up for CD/DVD boot ) so decided to do a repair as I have an original Win 10 usb installation stick and when it booted up I tried to do a repair. But it came back as unable to do a repair as hard drive is locked! what does this mean.

I have run a program that has given me my activation code and was wondering if I reinstalled Win 10 do I use this activation code or just reinstall and bypass activation code!

Thanks Bob

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Running W8 on a machine with motherboard RAID 5 (five drives, Intel z68 SATA controllers) with an SSD cache. Machine has run fine for about 6 months. While running, froze up. Rebooted but got Automatic Repair, which did not work. Neither Reset nor Refresh
will work, as they report drive is locked. BIOS shows RAID array is functioning; did a sync of SSD with the array, no help. Comand line shows an X drive that appears to be my C drive. DiSKPART shows no disks at all. CHKDSK will not work, reports drives locked.
Tried Win8 install disk, it reports no drives.
I have check cables and power. I am not convinced this is a hardware issue since the command line shows my boot drive files.
Any recommendations about what to do?

A:Windows 8 will not boot or repair: drive locked

Hi,
Here is a similar post for your reference.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-system/windows-crash-refresh-hard-drive-locked-unlock/a6bb04ff-5dba-4e10-a849-644cd0851bc6 Juke Chou
TechNet Community Support

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I had W10 in another partition, it updated and my laptop got on fire at very high temperature.

I went to W8.1 and it also updated and also started to overheat.

I removed all updates installations and still was very hot.

So I decided to format W10 and with EasyBCD to fix the boot, but it didn't work. On reboot, it failed and remained totally black without any message or nothing. Just black.

So I tried to repair, recover and reinstall from my W8.1 and my W10 USB sticks, but nothing worked saying that the drive is locked.

I tried to follow a YouTube tutorial to solve it but failed on the MS-DOS at the very last instruction.

Does anyone know what I can do? I think that the laptop is broken again and needs to be sent again to Asus for the overheating, but I can't send it without the boot, they will say I caused the damage.

Thanks.

A:Can't boot, can't reinstall, can't repair (locked drive)

I would say that is a hardware problem. Your cooling does not seem to work to specifications. I would send it in and explain what happened.

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Dear TSG

I'm using a Lenovo Ideacentre B340 running windows 8.1 with the following spec:

Intel Pentium CPU G645 @ 2.90GHz
DDR3 SDRAM
Lenovo Mahobay motherboard
440GB Hard Drive

My system crashed yesterday during a windows update. I can't boot to safe mode or use system restore.

I tried a "refresh" but it says "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. I do not have a back up disk.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards

Pyxidium
 

A:Solved: Can't repair Windows 8.1, hard drive locked.

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My windows 8 drive has become locked.  Using Hiren's boot disk I can see that content is on there and I see many drives.  However, chkdsk doesn't recognize the drive and gives data cyclical redundancy errors.
 
I don't mind doing a reinstall; but, it has many pictures and files I'd rather not loose.
 
 
It's been in the automatic repair loop for some time.  I can't even do the one start refresh (it's a lenovo).
 
 

A:Windows 8 locked drive can't refresh - automatic repair loop

Additionally....the only way I coudl get it to boot to a Windows 8 DVD was to change it to legacy mode.  With it in UEFI it wouldn't boot to the DVD at all.   I've created a USB recovery disk from another laptop (same OS) but, it won't boot off of it.
 
But, being in legacy does appear to lock up the drives.

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My Lenovo B4130 running Windows 10 is three months old. Yesterday it started what I've come to know is an automatic repair mode. It never stopped 'repairing' the drive... after running all night. It will not boot under any circumstances. I've tried the recovery usb with no result at all. I've read all of the ideas on the tech forums. All of them required being able to access command prompt. I've tried f11, f8, you name it... nothing. It isn't a loop because it never finishes.

I would be happy to reinstall Windows, if that's what it takes. But even the recovery disk does nothing. Yes, it is under warranty. But this doesn't seem like it should be terribly complicated. I would appreciate any feedback on this. Thanks folks!

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I have a Windows 7 / Windows 8 dual boot setup that was initially working fine. When attempting to update the graphics drivers in Windows 8 last week, something went wrong and the system crashed. Now when I attempt to boot into Windows 8, it goes into the Attempting Automated Repairs loop which never finishes, even when left running for several hours. I attempted to boot off of the Windows 8 installation CD and do a Refresh but it just errors out saying Windows could not be refreshed. Any other suggestions?

A:Locked In Automatic Repair / Can't Refresh

I see lots of Google hits for this problem but no fixes other than to do a reinstall.

One post indicated a Windows Update was the cause of the problem, but the fix was still to reinstall.

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My Lenovo B4130 running Windows 10 is three months old. Yesterday it started what I've come to know is an automatic repair mode. It never stopped 'repairing' the drive... after running all night. It will not boot under any circumstances. I've tried the recovery usb with no result at all. I've read all of the ideas on the tech forums. All of them required being able to access command prompt. I've tried f11, f8, you name it... nothing. It isn't a loop because it never finishes.

I would be happy to reinstall Windows, if that's what it takes. But even the recovery disk does nothing. Yes, it is under warranty. But this doesn't seem like it should be terribly complicated. I would appreciate any feedback on this. Thanks folks!

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-Windows XP Home Edition running on a Sony Vaio laptop:
-It had been running slower and slower to the point where scvhost.exe was pulling 99% of resources and the task manager couldn't load any applications.
-I eventually gave up and ran XP off of the CDROM and chose Repair
-When repair hit a program for loading the Cisco VPN applet it stopped and issued a warning that this was not supported, did I want to go ahead with it or without it.
-Whichever option I choose the program runs for another 30 seconds, flashes a death screen and crashes and reboots. I can find no way out of that loop.
-I went in and deleted any files I could find related to the VPN program, but couldn't uninstall it since I can't get the system up and running.

-I am locked out of my computer and don't see how to get back in and recover the OS and my applications.

HELP Please.

Thanks,

Jeremyneedshelp
 

A:XP Repair crashes-can't complete-locked out!

Well it's bit late now but you probably where infected, that should have been your first course of action... a few AV scans, as a repair would not remove infections.

You also should have searched for some 'XP repair installation' instructions and followed them:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
 

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My Dell XPS 15z wouldn't boot this weekend. After a few failed attempts I got the screen to start in safe mode. A screen with options popped up with the first option being to do a System Repair so I decided to try that. It went through a few steps and seemed to be progressing. However, it now appears to be frozen on a screen that says it is attempting to perform system repairs and that the process could take over an hour. This was basically 48 hours ago. If I hit the cancel button a screen pops up telling me the process cannot be stopped. My husband even turned the computer off but when it starts up again it automatically returns to the frozen screen.

Help!

A:System Repair has locked up on Dell laptop

F8 at power on should give you some recovery options. Have you tried that?

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Hey all... a friend of mine has an Hp All in one desktop running windows 8. Or 8. something. I'm not sure when she last did system updates. (full computer specs here) From what she was able to tell me, her computer was running slow so she did a system restore. (not sure if that's what she actually did or not). The system restore was taking too long for her liking so she turned the computer off before it was complete. (I assume she just turned the power off). When she turned the computer on again later, it cycled between diagnosing computer and computer repair messages at the bottom of a logo screen. As far as I know there are no recovery/system discs. The various "F" keys... escape key... delete... etc got me no where. Is there a way to fix this computer or should I tell her she needs to go back to a manual typewriter and call it a day?

Thanks for your time,
Bonnie
 

A:Solved: computer locked in repair cycle

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A̶̲̥̅♏ having issues updating my window8 64bit actually I want to install net framework3.5

A:window8 update

Are you starting a new thread on the same issue?

Microsoft net framework 3.5
How to enable .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 in Offline Mode

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I was running Windows XP Home Edition SP2 (not sure if my actions changed this)
Athlon 2400+ GA-7VAXP, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Raid 0

I experienced a random reboot, that locked into a reboot cycle until I disabled GoBack this seemed to fix the issues although I had some sever performance issues at this point (boot took about 3x longer than normal). For that reason I ran Norton System Works 2006's 1 button checkup and accepted all changes. After the reboot from this I got an Explorer.exe application error 0xc0150002, which prevented anything other than my wallpaper form loading. After checking the Microsoft forums the only solution I could attempt was running the Windows repair from the installation CD. During the repair run I had a COM+ error from csetuputil.cpp stating it could not locate catsrv.dll. I accepted that and the run appeared to continue normally. Later during the run I received notification that directdb.dll, wab32.dll, inetcomm.dll, and msoe.dll were missing or corrupted. The repair seemed to finish normally after this until it attempted to reboot. The usual XP load screen popped up, screen went blank, cursor appeared and then the system rebooted, this loop had continued for 3-4 cycles until I shut the system down. I then booted into the recovery console and attempted to copy the corrupted files in, but the Program Files directory was inaccessible...the two I was able to copy in (catsrv.dll and inetcomm.dll) had no effect on the boot.
 

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i had to rollback windows 10 due to frequent hangups mostly after the updates,went to windows 7 professionaland now im having the same problem,im now suspecting a boot sector problem,the windows repair tools dontwork the startup disk dont work,they only get me so far. narrow to 3 problems hardwaresoftwareor --hp thanks i need help

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My HP laptop window 8 want let me get pass welcome page go on internet because the screen is flashing

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Hello, community

I firstly want to thank for being able to post and possibly get help here, and to anyone who gives attention to this request, as it's my first topic here.

Well... I have a desktop running Windows 10 x64. Yesterday I was copying some files from a folder to another. (no other software open). To have no problems, I did something I've been doing since I installed Windows 10: I'd go to the task manager, close the "explorer.exe" and would open it again as administrator, so I wouldn't have to confirm each folder I'd enter on another drive.
But what happened this time is that the explorer wouldn't open, leaving only the black screen and the cursor.

So I rebooted and then windows entered automatic repair mode. When trying to use any options, it said there are no admin accounts on windows (although there are three).

A few things I tried:
*System recovery from windows boot cd (there is only one system recovery point, and it couldn't complete the recovery, presented an error)
*Automatic recovery from boot cd
*Using Windows boot disk to enter command prompt to allow the hidden administrator account (which worked, but windows still don't recognize it, or don't see it, I'm not sure which)
*Chkdsk on system drive
*Used Hiren's Boot CD to reset password in my account and created a new Admin one
*Tried overwriting "utilman.exe" with "cmd.exe" in order to use command prompt in Windows inste... Read more

A:Locked out of Windows - Auto Repair Loop and No Admin Accoun

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Hello, community

Well... I have a desktop running Windows 10 x64. Yesterday I was copying some files from a folder to another. (no other software open). To have no problems, I did something I've been doing since I installed Windows 10: I'd go to the task manager, close the "explorer.exe" and would open it again as administrator, so I wouldn't have to confirm each folder I'd enter on another drive.
But what happened this time is that the explorer wouldn't open, leaving only the black screen and the cursor.

So I rebooted and then windows entered automatic repair mode. When trying to use any options, it said there are no admin accounts on windows (although there are three).

A few things I tried:
*System recovery from windows boot cd (there is only one system recovery point, and it couldn't complete the recovery, presented an error)
*Automatic recovery from boot cd
*Using Windows boot disk to enter command prompt to allow the hidden administrator account (which worked, but windows still don't recognize it, or don't see it, I'm not sure which)
*Chkdsk on system drive
*Used Hiren's Boot CD to reset password in my account and created a new Admin one
*Tried overwriting "utilman.exe" with "cmd.exe" in order to use command prompt in Windows instead of boot disc so commands there would take effect (I'm guessing many cmd commands won't work from the Windows Boot Disk command prompt)
*MBR fix, boot fix, bcr rebuild

What I can't do:
*Log ... Read more

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A:I can't open my hp window8.1 from sleep mode

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Dear Tech guyz,
I've got this Dell laptop with Windows8 pre-installed.
I don't like this windows8 would therefore want to downgrade to windows7 without having to run clean install.

Is there a way out?
 

A:Downgrading window8 to windows7 without Clean Install

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After updating from window 8 to window 10 my sleekbook WiFi not working. Provide solutions please

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Using Window 8.1, today I get updates and than it say update not complete undoing changes....... but it stuck here. I does system restore but I get error on this
Which is unspecified error accured during system restore (0*80070017). And I don`t have sysm image to do system image recovery.. please help me it ruined my whole day..

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Hello guys
Yesterday I updated Winndows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 Final version,but when I reboot, this appeared.And I cant activate Windows.What I have to do .

A:Windows 8.1 Preview after updating final version Window8.1

Are they asking for a product key ?

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High Pitched Chipmonk Audio on Window8 with Realtek HD

Recently my laptop started sounding like the Chipmonks, with a higher pitch, set to all of the sounds coming out my computer. After reading dozens of useless posts, I came to the conclusion that this 'must be a settings' issue, and started looking around. The culprit, in my case, was a setting for Realtek HD sound card. This is what I did to correct it:

1. Put on some music or sound for monitoring.
2. Right-click on the (little red speaker) icon, for the Realtek HD sound card on the toolbar (or find in programs).
3. Click on 'Sound Manager'
4. Click on 'Sound Effects'
5. Find the 'Karaoke' setting.
6. Set it to '+0'
7. IMPORTANT: Click 'ok' on the bottom right corner.

That should do it.
Setting that Karaoke tab up will increase the sound pitch for all audio on the computer. Setting it down, will lower the pitch for all of the audio. I hope this helps someone out there.
 

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this could be somewhat complicated and should be either in driver section, or installation section or could be on both windows 7 and 8 forum.

here goes.. recently im into SSDs and usb 3.0 so i got myself a usb 3.0 flash drive, made it bootable with window 7 files on it and then install window 7 from flashdrive to my ssd which takes about 3 mins, very fast.

since window 7 natively does not support usb 3.0, i had to install usb3 drivers during installation screen which is a hassle because i have 4 laptops, which all have usb 3.0 ports, but each laptop uses different usb 3.0 drivers and thats where my problem is.

i could slipstream usb 3 driver into win7 install disc, then copy the disc files onto my flashdrive but then i would need 4 seperate flashdrives, or 4 times amount of files. then i thought about windows 8 which ive tried, it automatically detects usb 3.0 during installation screen just fine and of course theres no way it would know what drivers i am using, so obviously microsoft has a *general* usb3.0 driver they use themselves for windows 8.

if i can find that usb 3.0 drivers for windows 8, i should be able to slipstream into the window7 install cd, then of course copy it onto my flashdrive so i no longer have to install different usb 3.0 drivers everytime, correct?

plz help me out.. lol

A:slip stream MS window8 usb 3.0 driver into window 7 install CD

Chances are Win8 has most of the USB 3.0 drivers so that yours is able to be installed. Absent this I would simply get the driver from optional Windows Updates which is how the installer drivers are updated and missing drivers supplied shortly after Win7 install.

Short of that keep the USB 3. driver on stick to install in Device Manager.

If you want to try to slipstream the Win8 USB 3 driver into your 7 installer using 7Lite to see if it will work, then that might be a fun project but hardly necessary.

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I was installing Windows 8.1 from 8 on a Toshiba laptop. Lost Internet connection at the very last part of the download and couldn't reconnect. So I cut the computer off and when I cut it back on to reconnect so I could start over I was trying to reinstall Windows 8 as it suggested and it then went to a Choose an Option blue screen with 5 different options to choose from. I chose Continue Exit and Continue to Windows 8. It started loading but every time it goes back to the blue Choose an Option screen. I would just like to get back in to reconnect to the Internet so I can start the 8.1 update over. Thanks for any feedback.

A:After Failed 8.1 Update from Windows 8 Can't choose Exit and Continue to Window8

Hello
 
Have you tried to revert the pending update through Command Prompt that might hopefully solve the problem for you. But I'm afraid the update has already been applied then only a refresh can fix this problem, lets try the reverting first:
 
Open Troubleshoot
Choose Advanced Options
Choose Command Prompt
Then type DISM /image:C\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions and hit enter
Then type move C:\Windows\WinSxS\pending.xml C:\Windows\WinSxS\pending.old then hit enter
 
Reboot the device afterwards, if you get a FILE not found then replace C: with X: that might help ;) (See step by step video and guide here)

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Sigh, I guess I will start from downloading IOBIT advanced system care and then it asked me to update my driver and now I have this driver failure thing where I'm unable to login to window, I've googled so much and now I'm in need of the rescue disc file for rebooting so I can perform system restoration, but I'm unable to download it from the window official website because I don't have the registration key... it was installed for me at the shop so I never had a disc.

I've actually downloaded the disc else where and installed it onto a USB but it didn't seem to detect the USB at all, I did perform F2 , boot mode and put all my USB drives to the top as my priority, I don't know if the files were corrupted at the beginning so now I'm hoping if someone can help....

Many thanks

Gary

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Currently I have a pc with Windows 7 32bit installed on it. I have a disk with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit which I would like to dual boot with the current Windows 7 32bit . i have 2gb ram ,500gb hd 4 parttion Once I restarted my pc with the dvd in it, it asked me if I wanted to boot from Cd/DVD which I did. It then started the normal Windows setup screen. after saveral min this error show i/q error occure 0xc00000e9 what i do plz help

A:dual boot window7 bit and window8.1 64bit pro installation problem

it happened to me as well when i was trying to install Windows XP as dual boot with windows 7 home premium
i always get the blue screen due to the SATA driver that xp doe snot recognize my HD,,
but the people in the forum really do good help by pointing me to virtualize xp INSIDE W7..
IT works using VMware , why do not you use the same thing
or do you have another purpose of installing w8 as dual boot with w7

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Hi everyone. I run W8.1. In my windows alerts, almost every time my computer runs for more than 5 minutes, I'm prompted to scan and repair driver errors. I usually just ignore it at this point, but every time my computer reboots, it runs chkdsk and it only lasts about one second. It says: "Scanning and repairing drive (\\?\Volume(insert very, very long list of characters here): 100%. And shortly after the computer boots through that, it prompts me again to scan and repair errors. Additionally, it won't let me defrag. I haven't forced a defrag through CMD, but when I try to do it through Run, the system32 box appears for a millisecond and disappears. And from the alerts icon, if I click on the Flag, "Scan drive for errors" is on there, and if I click on that, it goes grey and a clock appears on top of the message, and it never actually does anything.

All of this seems pretty strange. Anyone have any idea what's going on?

Thanks!

A:Keep being prompted to repair drive errors, won't repair

I would suggest you download from your hard drives manufacture their tool for checking your hard drive it could be failing.

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Hello everyone and thank you in advance for reading this thread,

I have BSOD situation for a while. When I hibernate or put my computer asleep and leave this mode my computer freeze for a while before showing of a BSOD with driver power state faillure. I have windows 8 sometime it start freezing rightaway or sometime It happens like 10 sec later (after logging with my password). It bug also when I restart my computer the clean way. I first decided to solved this issue by doing a refresh of the system (I don't if it's the proper word as I and my window8 are French). It implies that all the softwares I have installed were erased but my files were saved. It might not have been my smartest move as it didn't change anything ....

I have run a whocrashed and it tells me that the issue come from a kernel &system :

On Sat 31/05/2014 15:18:22 GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\053114-281984-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x7B440)
Bugcheck code: 0x9F (0x3, 0xFFFFFA8004629060, 0xFFFFF8012DDF47E0, 0xFFFFFA80045E8010)
Error: DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
product: Microsoft? Windows? Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: NT Kernel & System

and

On Sat 31/05/2014 15:18:22 GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\WINDOWS\memory.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: ntkrnlmp.exe (nt!KeBugCheckEx+0x0)
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A:driver power state faillure -sleeping mode-ntoskrnl.exe-window8

Hi there,

Try updating your Intel rapid storage technology driver,


Code:
start end module name
fffff880`016e5000 fffff880`019af000 iaStorA (deferred)
Image path: \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\iaStorA.sys
Image name: iaStorA.sys
Timestamp: Mon Jul 09 13:42:33 2012 (4FFB4239)
CheckSum: 000AB20A
ImageSize: 002CA000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
There is a newer version here,

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download K56CM

Under the others tab.

Have you tried updating your OS?


Code:
Microsoft Windows 8
Version du syst?me: 6.2.9200 N/A version 9200
Fabricant du syst?me d'exploitation: Microsoft Corporation
Configuration du syst?me d'exploitation: Station de travail autonome
Type de version du syst?me d'exploitation: Multiprocessor Free
Propri?taire enregistr?: Windows User
I only see a few updates installed. Have you tried updating to 8.1?

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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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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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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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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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My Dell laptop, new this past Christmas and running Win 8, has entered into a repair mode:
"Repairing disk errors. This may take over an hour to complete"

It has run for 48 hours.

Advice on how to proceed?

A:Locked in "Repair" Mode

Originally Posted by Kwaskow


My Dell laptop, new this past Christmas and running Win 8, has entered into a repair mode:
"Repairing disk errors. This may take over an hour to complete"

It has run for 48 hours.

Advice on how to proceed?




Call Dell, You should have a warranty on it now since you got it at Christmas!

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Hi Everyone,

I am trying to set up Bitlocker on a work FlashDrive (Toshiba 64GB) this will be holding install files for our software so cannot be accessed if lost,

when trying to turn BitLocker To Go on this is what I get



Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks Guys,
Gavin

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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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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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Hey everyone, I'm really hoping for a miracle here and that someone can help me. I stupidly have denied myself access to the entire C drive. Was fiddling around w/ permissions to try to set up a guest account and clicked the "deny" buttons for the C drive, and now I can't access it all (this is using administrator account). I can't reset the priveleges, won't even allow me access to that.

I have spent the last two days trying to find a solution online but nothing works. Tried ERD commander but it doesn't work with vista. Have tried talking to my tech friends and even they can't figure it out. I can't access anything on C and cannot reset the permissions, even as an administrator.

Please, please help!!!

A:Locked myself out of C drive

If what scsiraidguru doesn't work enable the hidden admin account and change the permissions back to default settings.

Administrator Account[11]=User Accounts

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Windows will not let  me refresh my pc .It says this drive is locked, I was wondering how to unlock drive in command prompt

A:drive locked

Hi JimmySpace There's a couple of ways to go about this issue, which are listed in the article below:http://www.thewindowsclub.com/the-drive-where-windows-is-installed-is-lockedYou can start with a CHKDSK /R, and then we'll go from there, alright?Check Disk (chkdsk)Follow the instructions below to run a CHKDSK scan on your Windows partition;On Windows Vista & 7, click on the Windows Start Menu, then enter cmd in the search box, right-click on the cmd icon and select Run as AdministratorOn Windows 8, drag your cursor in the bottom-left corner, and right-click on the metro menu preview, then select Command Prompt (Admin);On Windows 8.1, right click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner and select Command Prompt (Admin);Enter the command chkdsk /r (there's a space between "chkdsk" and "/r") and press on Enter;A message will be returned, stating that the drive cannot be locked because it's already in use, and you'll be asked if you want to schedule the scan for the next restart. Enter y and press on Enter;Restart your computer, and the chkdsk scan will be launched automatically;WARNING: Depending on your hard drive (specs, free space, fragmentation, etc.) this scan can be relatively long to complete. Give it all the time it needs to finish. Do not interrupt it for any reason there is, or you might be damaging your drive in the process and make your Windows unbootable. It's suggested to let this scan run overnight or when you leave the house for a few hours (when you g... Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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