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Windows 8 drive locked?

Q: Windows 8 drive locked?

Hi,

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

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

Please help!

Thanks

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A: Windows 8 drive locked?

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

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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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Hi -

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

Here is what i did:

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

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

FYI (Chetan is the name of my computer.)

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

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

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

Thank you!

A:Locked me out of Windows 7 Drive.

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

If that doesn't work try doing this:

Repair Install

Clean Install Windows 7

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

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

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I was surprised when Windows 10 was being uploaded last Thursday morning. I was still not sure about 10 and decided to stay with Windows 8 so I declined the upgrade. My Dell started to reload 8. I made a BIG mistake and shut the system down and found out that my unit is now not working. I did not download the Windows 8 disk when I got my Dell and it is out of warranty. I have a friend that works with Dell and he gave me a recovery disk. I can now boot up to the advance options mode. However it will not recover as I am getting either a hard disk lock and or a disk partition error. When I try to do a complete 8 reinstall from the disk it requires a key. My Dell did not have the key listed on the box as I have been told that it was loaded to the bios on the mother board. Dell support has been no help as they had me run a diagnosis and all checked out. They told me to run the reinstall from my recovery disk. When it asked for the key they said my hard drive must be replaced?

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

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

Pleas help

Joachim

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

A:The drive where Windows is installed is locked

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

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I keep getting this when trying refresh my w8 rp

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

Help. Solution(s)?

A:The drive where Windows is installed is locked

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

Cannot unlock drive and unable boot back into Windows 8

Fix - The drive where Windows is installed is locked

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

Unlock a BitLocker-protected drive

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

A:the drive where windows is installed is locked

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

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Model: HP ENVY 15T TS j000 I can't boot from USB to install windows, can't refresh, can't reset, too. Somebody help me, please! Here is the image when I use ADVANCED STARTUP to refresh my computer:











Solved!
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A:Can't refresh or reset windows 8.1 because drive is locked

HI Thiet, Thank you for your inquiry, I am happy to help! I grasp that you are unable to do a refresh or a restore, that you get the error message the drive is locked.I regret you are having this difficulty. Here are some links to  assist you.  Windows crash - Refresh - Hard drive locked, unlock hard drive ( from answers.microsoft.com) Drive where windows is installed is locked  ( from tom'sHARDWARE) Here is a link to assist you with the recovery option. Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 8)During this process you will receive the opportunity to backup your personal files to prevent data loss.If you have not already done one, I suggest you do it now.   Restoring Files that were Backed Up Using HP Recovery Manager (Windows 8)  Good Luck! 

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Hey Guys,

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

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

except for the paid software:

Easy Recovery Essentials ģ
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?
 

A:The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the..

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I tried to use the program to transfer files from one computer to my new one. The usb holds 1 gig while the files were 1.6 gigs. Windows easy Transfer told me to copy up to one gig on the usb and put it on the new computer, delete the files and then put it back in the old one to get the rest of the files. So i did that, but when the rest of the 600 megs was on the usb. It made an *.MIG file that when I ran it asked for the first disk. Naturally I had no idea what it was talking about so I tried to delete it. But the drive is all of a sudden write protected. I tried to reformat the drive but it stills says it disk is protected. How to I get this stuff off my drive and disable the write protection so I can have my usb disk back as normal. Before the windows easy transfer messed with it. Thanks for any speedy responses.
 

A:Windows Easy Transfer has locked my USB drive

Some USB drives (many in fact) have a minute little slide switch to lock and unlock the write access.

Are you very sure that you have not accidentally slid it to "locked"
 

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

Thank you for all help...
 

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I recently upgraded from windows 8 release preview to windows 8 Pro, i did this successfully but after a windows update i tried to boot my computer but it fails. and error code shows up on the new windows boot saying that the hard drive is locked and it cant boot from it. I am unable to refresh or reset the operating system. Luckily my computer also runs windows 7, on a separate hard drive, which i am able to assess the windows 8 hard drive from to get to my files.

Does anyone know what has happened here and how i could fix the problem. I could upgrade windows 7 to windows 8 but i like having a back-up OS for these situations.

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I have an hp pavilion model # 14-b109wm serial - 5cd33431m5 product - e0x7oua#aba  for the past 2 years since I've had it there has been nothing but continuous issues starting with when I updated it for the first time, repair getting stuck in a continuous loop, crashes, not starting up. Etc. I decided to purchase a 32gb usb which would be the recovery usb  I would use to reset my laptop to factory settings, it worked and I decided to turn off automatic updates so that my windows would not update and mess my computer up again. It worked for the first few months without a hitch, suddenly my laptop would crash randomly and not load up anything. My laptop was in a useless state, I had configured it to be the reason of my disk usage being at 100% . I've read severel forums on how to prevent 100% disk usage but nothing helped me I tried disabling super fetch, Windows search. I've tried resetting my laptop to factory setting again. Still sadly facing this inconclusive issue. As I was trying to fix this 100% disk usage issue which included me to turn off my laptop and turn it back on I was faced with the message - not able to boot, insert boot disk and press any key. Something like that, so I inserted my recovery usb to maybe refresh or restore my laptop it would inform me that the Windows drive was locked. I'm at a loss honestly, I have no idea what's caused this or why even my recovery usb won't fix this. But I am not able to reach to hp chat support ( frustrating ) ... Read more

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

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

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

Can help me please?

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

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

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Hello, I'm from Mongolia I Have HP desktop computer, I have a problem. I can not log in Windows. Windows is locked. I know password, but wrong. I can not recovery. Help me

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Hi all, I joined the forum because I?ve been going around in circles trying to fix my computer. Apologies for huge first post. The post by "aristotletalks" about 3/4 down page 1 of this thread sums up most of the pages I've read and things I've attempted: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...3457b4a?page=1

I?m running:
Windows 8.1
Toshiba Satellite C55A-5300 (pre-installed Win 8 - no install DVD)
Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz
12 GB RAM
500 GB HDD

I?ll try to be succinct: I can?t boot my machine except with the Recovery USB I created from MS website, and when I do that I can?t get to System Restore points or Refresh because the ?hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again.? I?ve spent about 12 hours the last couple days on all kinds of forums reading about this and think I?m just going in circles at this point. I?d really like to recover the data off the drive because my backup HD also just failed this week. I?ve tried:

EasyRE software (https://neosmart.net/EasyRE/) ? it says none of the drives are active or mountable

I ran chkdsk and it was estimating it?d take 60+ days to complete!? (I stopped it). C: was showing up fine.

I?ve run various diskpart commands and have been able to see the hard disk and that it?s ?Healthy?, so it looks like the drive is noticed, but it is not "active". When I tried selecting it and setting to "active" the message showed that "disk is not a fixed MBR disk".

The last thing I d... Read more

A:Hard drive locked - cannot find Windows installation

hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again

Had the same thing happen to me, also windows 8.1.
the drive is toast
got a new drive and imaged the drive with a recent image that I had, all is back to normal
Sven

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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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Hello, I'm from Mongolia I Have HP desktop computer, I have a problem. I can not log in Windows. Windows is locked. I know password, but wrong. I can not recovery. Help me

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Forgive me if I posted in the wrong section, I wasn't sure if the "Crash" section was the right place. Here is what I posted on microsoft and no one has helped me there.

Hi all,

My laptop suddenly turned off because the battery was drained and I didn't have the power hooked up. Upon restarting windows, I got this message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/RH3WP.jpg

so I clicked on the troubleshoot option and selected "Automatic repair" and then got this message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/GoBqq.jpg

I went back to the main screen and just shut my laptop down again, only to be met with the same "trouble shooting" screen. I then tried to do the "disc image" option and got this message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/dlNNd.jpg

since that didn't work, I decided to try the "refresh your pc" (save all files) option

and got this error message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/4uyWe.jpg

How can I get my laptop working again? I downloaded the upgrade to windows 8 online so I don't have a disc. I can't clean install it, I have a 10 page paper I've been working on for two weeks, that needs to be turned in tomorrow. I can't lose that paper! Please tell me there is hope??

*I really feel like crying, this had to happen at the worse time.

A:Can't boot into windows 8,hard drive locked, can't refresh

Welcome to EightForums.

Did you not make the ISO & burn to DVD?

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...edownload.html

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I have updated the computer to windows 10 Build 1511, Through windows update !!
this is the latest November major update not a new instillation.
This is very strange i can use the computer and access all my files however i have no access to anything i need to repair my computer the C Drive is showing however shows no content . I try to access it and it says access not allowed.
In sharing the C Drive is shared

Can someone please help with this?

A:Windows 10 latest update now C drive appears to be locked

Originally Posted by lyned


i have updated the computer to windows 10 build 1511, through windows update !!
This is the latest november major update not a new instillation.
This is very strange i can use the computer and access all my files however i have no access to anything i need to repair my computer the c drive is showing however shows no content . I try to access it and it says access not allowed.
In sharing the c drive is shared

can someone please help with this?



please still not fixed

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hi my acer aspire E17 was upgraded to windows 10, something has happened and I can't reset my computer saying that my hard drive with windows is locked. I have tried lots of stuff but wont let me reste my computer with files?Help.

A:locked hard drive wont let me reset windows 10

check on BIOS if your HDD password is set as frozen:http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/32674/~/bios-password-frozen

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Hi all,
I am relatively new to this forum, but I need some help figuring out this issue with my PC. In short, I cannot reinstall either Windows 8 or 7 from a new disk. I can't do the Windows 8 refresh, nor can I do the restore. I have looked at other forums, and nothing has seemed to work. Any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

If you'd like to know what exactly has happened, I will outline my story.
1. Using the Windows Upgrade Assistant, I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7 a month ago.
2. My performance on various programs diminished.
3. In an attempt to solve the situation, I tried to reinstall Windows from the Reinstall CD. I was able to get to the point where is asked for a partition to install on, but it said no partitions were available.
4. I tried the Windows Refresh, and Reset tool. That failed because it asked for install media, and said the drive was locked. That is where I am now
NOTE: I can still boot up into Windows 8 even though the reinstall disk claims that the disk is locked.

ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!!

A:Windows 8 Failure to Reinstall/Hard Drive Locked

If you have a spare 2.5" HDD or SSD just lying around what you could do is replace the one in the Laptop then using your install disk reinstall whatever OS you want (win 7 or 8). . . Good luck

And, oh, BTW "Welcome To The Eight Forums." . . .

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Windows wants me to unlock my drive with a recovery key even though I know my password. I have tried multiple computers and laptops but they all have the same problem. PLZ HELP!!!

P.S: I don't know my recovery key and I don't know where it is :(

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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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Hi, I've tried everything (I think)  I put Linix on a flash and it will run, so I could access the files on the HD and got them off.. I got a win 8.1 Recovery disk on a flash drive and was able to access a command promp and ran all the tests but still the drive is locked. No log files will write, so I can't look at them.   It won't reset, it starts to and then more errors...   Thoughts???

A:Gateway Laptop w/win8 Drive locked? Can't access windows

Do you know if you have a recovery partition?  If you do you bring it back to factory fresh (important) all data and additional programs will be gone but it will run like new.

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

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

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

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

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

Hi,


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


Kim Zhou

TechNet Community Support

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I am Arun Kumar Kushwaha and I have discovered one Big Loophole/Security Leak in Microsoft's Windows 7 Operating System worldwide.
through which we can Access/Delete/Copy/Replace Important Data without Cracking/Resetting the Login Password in Windows 7 OS
and for this we not need any 3rd party Software/ CD/ DVD/ Pen drive/ CMD/ Script/ or any other means of hacking Devices/tool.

only through Windows 7 OS we can Access anybodies Computer Around the world, and user will never get to know that his/her computer has accessed by someone else.
This is purely Microsoft's Negligence towards user's Around the world.

U can assume how much serious is this Issue, if anybody can steal confidential Important data of Company/ Govt data/ or any other Sensitive Personal data of anyone who are using windows 7 OS.

I have Talked through telephone to MS India regarding this Issue and they told me that there is no loophole in their OS and can't be accessed by anyone without having Login Password or User need to Reset login Password with tool/software available.

also i have mailed to MS Technical support Team and also asked about this issue on Windows worldwide official support forum, but not get any meaning full response from them.

I am asking this message to here, coz i want to Spread this issue around the world, so every user can secure their Data and also MS can rectify this issue by releasing an OS Update.

Thanks for reading ..

Your's Truly
Arun Kumar Kushwaha

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Problem(s) - redirects in IE, locked windows logins, locked windows backgrounds - I assume this is all related.

History of actions to date:

Smitfraudfix appears to have corrected the ?RENOS? Trojan I had as I no longer get the pop ups and the background indicating I?m infected.

File ?WinHelpr.exe? was identified as having or being ? FAKEINIT Trojan. I renamed that file and Windows defender quarantined it.

What it is doing now that I decided to stop going it alone:

Safemode does not work - it shuts the PC down immediately.

Only one of the 4 logins works- 3 of them immediately log off.

For the 1 login that works I get to a point where the background picture is there - but no desktop icons or Taskbar at the bottom of the screen. CTRL_ALT_DEL does bring up Task Manger ? where I can force explorer to run via the ?FILE ? NEW TASK? pull down. Then the desktop icons and taskbar comes back. (Something had locked out TASK Manager before and SmitFraudfix corrected that)

I installed Malwarebytes ? had to rename it to winlogon to get it to actually run though.

SuperAntispyware.exe will not install ? I get an ?has encountered a problem and needs to close error?

Malwarebytes is currently running as I type this ? It?s been 14 minutes and only at 50000 files and it's found 9 objects. It?ll be a while before it is done.

Besides letting Malwarebytes do it?s thing and gettign it's log file ? what should I report back next with?

A:redirects in IE, locked windows logins, locked windows backgrounds

Hello jjkeane3rd and to BleepingComputer

For now, just post the Malwarebytes log. Once we've got that we'll work from there.

~Blade

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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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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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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 isnít connected or canít 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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