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Windows 8 will not boot or repair: drive locked

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

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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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I have this identical problem mentioned here:
Scanning and repairing volume (\\?\Volume...) on startup

I think it has something to do with my deleting the 'system reserved' 350mb partition when I reinstalled W8. I don't want it showing in My Computer and when I go into Disk Management and give it a drive letter, this message goes away on boot. But, since I can't merge this very small partition with any other drive, I'm not sure how to not show this drive and not get the scanning message on boot up.

A:Windows 8.1 wants to scan & repair my drive on every boot

Please post a full screen Disk Management screen shot

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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Hi,
I burned a system repair disc in Windows 7 from an iso file but it won't boot the Windows Systems recovery options.
I've tried booting this cd from the cd drive in both legacy and UEFI mode.
When I boot from legacy I get an error message saying that there is a system file error and to replace the disc and try again. When I boot using UEFI mode, it says press any key to continue, the windows bar starts loading but instead of going to the windows boot loader screen and giving me Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] option to boot into the System Recovery options, a command screen pops up and it then redirects me to the Asus Preload Wizard instead. This wizard wants to do 1 of 3 things only:
Recover Windows to first partition only
Recover Windows to entire HD
Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions.
I don't want to do any of the above - I just want to access the command prompt in the recovery tool and run 2 prompts to remove the grub bootloader from the MBR.
Help!

A:Unable to boot Windows System Repair Disc from CD Drive ASUS N56VM

Hello Staarlite and welcome to Seven Forums.

Two thoughts come to mind.
1. You had a bad burn of the ISO. Try burning another disk using a different burning app. I prefer the free ImgBurn and try burning at no more than 4x speed.
2. Is BIOS set to boot from CD/DVD optical drive as first boot option?

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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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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 just had to chime in here.  I just spent the last 5 days fighting this with a Lenovo U530 Ultrabook Ideapad. I could not even get the machine to boot to a bootable Windows 10 USB stick or a bootable Windows PE USB that had some drive recovery software on it.  Although it would boot to the Lenovo Diagnostics that I downloaded from Lenovo on a USB stick and it would also boot to Tails (Linux distro) on a USB stick. I know the machine was crashing because when it would get stuck, I would try to push the Caps Lock on and off and the light didn't change.  During boot kept pushing the Caps Lock it would toggle then freeze after a few seconds. I took the hard drive out and put it in another Lenovo U530 I had at my disposal and it worked fine so I know that the hard drive was working.  The hard drive seemed to be in  some state of a patial update to Windows 10 so that probably caused the initial problem. I was trying to figure out how to flash the BIOS since I though maybe it had been corrupted somehow but wasn't figuring out how to get that done without being in Windows.  The BIOS flash from Lenovo seemed to be dependent on some .NET framework.  Anyway I ran across a video where a guy explained that he had a Lenovo that was acting similar so he opened it up and unplugged the battery and plugged it back in and it fixed it. I was skeptical but figured I hadn't anything to lose and voila it worked.... unbeivable... Here... Read more

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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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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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I just finished reading this thread http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f217/cannot-boot-windows-startup-repair-cannot-repair-this-computer-automatically-663898.html as I'm having the same issue. Here's a brief history.

My computer was built by me and has been fine up until a few days ago after I removed some USB cables for devices that I then hooked up to another PC I have and reconfigured some USB devices as a powered hub I was using would not let them be recognized by Windows. When I opened the Attached Devices window to see if my devices were now recognized it took forever to open with the blue bar at the top never getting to the end. I Googled the problem and found that Bluetooth was may be causing the issues and to disable it. That didn't fix the issue so I tried other recommended fixes such as disabling printspool -- none worked.
I then started having the Cannot Boot problems so I let Windows try and fix it which it could not. I tried to let it restore from a previous good point but that failed and I would click Send Report and then it would shut down. This kept happening for several days until I came across the aforementioned thread here on the forum.
Last night I turned off the power and went to bed. This morning I switched on the PC and let it boot up. Lo and behold WIN7 started right up no problems -- the Attached devices window opened right up as well. Then I saw that it was loading drivers for 3 attached devices -- all USB devices and one r... Read more

A:Cannot boot windows - Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically

Update
I unplugged two USB cables leaving just the keyboard and mouse an rebooted. Windows starts just fine but then starts to install drivers for three USB devices. Not sure what they are as all I have plugged in are the keyboard and mouse. Any way of finding out what devices Windows installed drivers for?
Thanks

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Hi, everyone.

Today, after restarting my computer, I was faced with the Startup Repair tool, unable to boot Windows 7.
A couple hours later, after running startup tool a total of 29 times I have been unable to solve the problem.

I have also:

Tried booting in safe mode[didn't work]
Tried last known good config[didn't work]

Based on some advice I read elsewhere, I also ran chkdsk /r/f c: . It completed successfully.

Even just knowing how I can extract my files so that I can re-install windows would be a big help.
Startup tool doesn't take over a minute to complete, and displays these details:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21200110
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 29
Problem Signature 07 CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

Startup Repair Diagnosis and Repair Log displays the following details:
Last successful boot time: 8/25/2012 11:35:21 PM(GMT)
Number of repair attempts: 29

Session details

System Disk = \Device\Harddisk1
Windows directory = C\Windows
AutoChk Run = 0
Number of root causes = 1

Test Performed:
Name: Check for updates
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 15ms

Test Performed:
Name: System disk test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 16ms

Test Performed:
Name: Disk failure diagnosis
Result: Completed successfully.... Read more

A:Cannot boot windows - Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically

Hi-

Can you boot into safe-mode?

Also, do you have either a recovery partition, recovery disk, or the windows installation disk? (some of the tools could help, especially if safe mode doesn't work)

Regards,

Mark

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I have tried restoring but I get a message that the HDD is locked. booted from windows 8 disk tried using bootrec to repair but I screwed up and skipped the last step now it can not find an os.

A:repairing laptop wont boot says drive locked

Using the Install Disk, go to a command prompt and type:

bcdboot c:\Windows /s
Then Reboot.

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I have already solved this issue myself, but perhaps I can help someone else with the same problem. After installing the latest firmware on my Ideapad 700, I was met with a list of bootable devices (HDD + network cards), none of which worked. To solve this, I put the Windows 10 installation on a USB flashdrive and booted from it, then navigated to the command prompt (Repair your computer -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Command Prompt). From there, I entered the following commands:diskpart
sel disk 0
list volI noticed that the wrong drive (the FAT32 system partition) had the letter C assigned, so I selected that one and changed it to a free letter:sel vol 0
assign letter h:Then changed my Windows drive back to C:sel vol 1
assign letter c:
exitI then rebuilt the boot sector (using the FAT32 system partition), just to be safe:bootrec /fixboot
bcdboot C:\Windows /s h: /f
exitThen, I rebooted and it went back to Windows! Hope this helps someone.

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When booting with the option "Don't auto restart on system failure", I get a BSOD telling me of an Unmountable Boot Drive. I tried using the "Repair Your Computer" option with the Windows 7 installation disk, but after selecting my language and clicking "Repair Your Computer", the GUI disappears and I'm left with the default Win7 background and a mouse cursor...

A:Unmountable Boot Drive BSOD + Windows 7 "Repair Your Computer" problem

Go through these threads. they may help:
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...x000000ed.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...x000000ed.html

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

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

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

It has a Seagate hard drive #ST500DM002.

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

Thanks, Danny

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

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

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Hello.
Yesterday night when i came home from work, i turn on my laptop with windows 8.1 and its started loading "pc repair", after it finished i get a message saying it could not repair automaticly.
So i have tried advanced-restore point, it just failed.
Tried cmd- sfc /scannow, and i get a message saying windows is in another repair process and i need to reboot and try again.i rebooted and tried again. But it goes to repair pc again.and so on.
Trying refresh pc - getting insert media. no original media because i have purchased it online. So i used win 8 bootable thumb drive i made. But it didnt recognized it.(the thumb drive does bootable, I have checked).
Have tried chkdsk. But i get a message drive locked.
So i have rebooted using the win 8 usb thumb drive.
Have tried chckdsk / r /v /f / x on th windows drive(located it as f: this time)
No help there.
Tried safe mode menu, but after i choosing safe mode it goes back to pc repair.

I didnt installed any new drivers and i have windows update settings to install updates manually.
I have two drives in my laptop(thinkpad w500).windows drive is ssd ocz vertex 2, and the second is regular hdd in a caddy instead optical drive.
*i have disabled all defragmenting and indexing on the ssd.
I have tried removing the sad and reinsert it making sure it's connected firmly.

Is there a way recover my pc without refreshing and loosing the entire windows setup?
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A:Windows 8.1 boot only to repair PC and unable to repair au

Trying refresh pc - getting insert media. no original media because i have purchased it online.



Download the Windows 8.1 ISO.

Take a look at those posts for more info.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

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My computer was setup using 2 HDD and EasyBCD boot menu. That file seems to have become corrupt or damaged as I am getting a message; Reboot and Select Boot Drive or insert boot media in selected drive and press a key. I have followed Windows Repair Boot Drive instructions but to no avail. Both HDD have Windows 10 loaded. I ultimately want to eliminate the EasyBCD software and just revert back to 1 Windows 10 boot with the 2 HDD as storage. I see no advantage having Windows 10 loaded on dual HDDs.

A:Repair Boot Drive

Kyhi's rescue disc has a program called Macrium Reflect on it. Under the restore menu of Macrium Reflect is an utility to fix Windows startup problems. That utility has fixed many non-booting computers when other fixes have failed:

Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

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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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My stepson has a Gateway laptop that gives a "unmountable boot volume' error(blue screen) when I try to startup the computer.
Earlier I changed the BIOS order and it booted from XP reinstall disk and it started loading, but the darn battery died and the laptop shutdown midway thru the loading. It won't give me the 'press any key to boot from CD' prompt anymore. What could cause that?
I want to run a Chkdsk/f....how do I do that if I can't it to startup?

A:Gateway Won't Boot Repair Cd From Drive

As I recall, pressing F11 will get you into the Gateway recovery program. We recently had this problem at work and finally traced the problem to a bad hard drive (although this isn't the only possibility).

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Hi There,
 
These are the symptoms of my extremely Sloooow computer. I thank you in advance for any assistance.
 
I apologize for for no DDS Log. I could not run any diagnostic tools in normal booting. DDS, and all the others simply say "A referral was returned from the server." They will not run. However I am able to run all the tools, i.e., FSS, FRST, etc, in SAFE MODE.  At the end I will post a log for MiniToolbox which I ran in SAFE MODE.
OS: Windows 8.1 X64
Problem Summary:
1) Computer has been taking 45 minutes to reboot. Has slowed to a crawl.
2) In Lower Right Hand Corner of computer by DATE there is a Flag with Red "X". Says"Start-up to repair errors." I have restarted it a ridiculous amount of times but nothing ever happens. It keeps saying "Restart  to fix disk errors."
3) SFC /SCANNOW says many corrupt files but canot be fixed.
3a) I cannot connect to my school account without logging into two separate browsers
4) I ran "AutoRuns". It listed a very strange file. I do remember downloading this file. A few months ago, out of nowhere I was prompted to download this Driver/Software for my printer. At the time of download, I had plugged printer into computer to print something and I got this pop-up window saying I needed to download a driver or some software. I was in a hurry so I did it, but looking back it did seem kind of strange. Also, shortly after downloading it, I got a phone call from my ISP, (or someone claiming to be from my ISP), that my ... Read more

A:Computer takes 45 minutes to Reboot! Boot Sector of C Drive, hiber. file locked!

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Hello all. First post here but have utilized sevenforums for years for many issues. Anyway....

I did a windows update yesterday and the notification to restart was popped up on the desktop when I left for work. I get home this morning and the PC was shutdown. Upon startup, I would just get a blank screen after BIOS.

After many attempts, I then was able to actually get to the menu for SafeMode. When attempting to boot into safe mode I would actually get the Windows emblem for a few moments and then the black screen reappears. Sometimes the logo shows up and sometimes it does not. Either way, it won't go past the logo.

System repair on the boot menu would not do anything.

I inserted Windows 7 DVD and attempted to follow this tutorial Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Startup problems could not be prepared so I moved on to step 6 for comman prompt.

Now, once at this step I changed the drive to C:. Now, I know that this is my boot drive. But when I go to DIR of this drive it is showing my files from D: All my drives are reduced by one letter. All my drives including my proper C: are showing up okay in BIOS. Also, I know that System Restore has made save points but they do not show up as the C: is not showing

So, to get to the point....Where is my C:? This is obvioulsy related to why the PC will not boot. Any thoughts? Thanks so much

A:Startup Repair Missing Boot Drive

In normal win7 and in recovery mode the drive letters can be different. Very normal. How can the recovery mode know what drive letters you gave to the partitions???

"After many attempts, I then was able to actually get to the menu for SafeMode."=> what did you do to be able to boot to safe mode?

Did you try "Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery"? Not needed as far as I know in this situation.

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Hi all. I am having some problems I am hoping I may be able to get some advice on. I have a new laptop that came with Windows Vista. Model is Toshiba Satellite #A205-S7464. I have been trying to load it with Windows XP because Windows Vista kind of sucks for my computing needs. I am pretty sure a format and clean install will wreck my warranty, hence the dual boot. So far, I have been able to partition and install XP SP-2 to a partition. I've booted into XP fine but my Vista partition is not available. I think that the partition table or MBR has been corrupted.
So to repair this, what I did was boot up from the Vista recovery DVD and run the 'startup repair' option to reload the bootloader for Vista and thus, enable dual booting. When I rebooted I got a black screen saying 'Invalid Partition Table' or something to this effect. I tried repairing the MBR and so on and so forth from the console on the recovery DVD but this proved to be pretty much totally fruitless. So I went through and did an install of Windows XP once again, to my other drive partition I had created. So I am basically where I started. I need to know if somebody knows how I can repair the drives MBR or partition table to make it readable under Windows to at least pull my important files off of, or to boot into. Any ideas would be enormously appreciated. Attached I will include a visual of what's up with my hard drive situation.

Thank you, Jacob

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A:Repair boot loader and MBR Windows XP and Windows Vista dual boot

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Hi,

trying to start W7 after killing TDSS (similar to post with same topic), i am getting this message just before login screen (animation of w7 logo start) and than BSOD hit with message below:

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A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent to your compter.

If this is first time you've seen this step Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps.

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
Rub CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (x80786B58,0xC000000D, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

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had a fight on three laptops, and crash my new with w7 which really disappoint me big. well, last two days reading posts from microsoft, bcomputer etc. about this problem and frankly i am not sure what to do?

talking about problem on this machine: notebook lenovo g560 (0679), w7 home premium, 1 hdd, 1 dvd/cd

unfortunately didnot made recovery image i know it'll save my time and as my second lenovo this situation frustrating me because i think virus migrate from oldest laptop through 2nd lenovo to this new one, from xp through vista till w7! - anyway, following instructions on various posts i tried:

1.
startup repair

2.
system restore

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A:Windows 7 won't boot after using TDSS Killer - NEW (tried all options: repair, boot, chkdsk)

Hi,

I'm going to assist you with your problem.

Do you have a Windows 7 x64 bit or x86 bit system?

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i want to use the "net local group administrators (username) /add comand but it wont work.

A:in the boot drive repair command line how to make it work.

Exactly, word for word, spelling for spelling, what was the command you tried?

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I hope the title helped.

My Win 7 drive refused to boot, refused to repair and refused to restore.

I slotted in a spare little Win 7 drive, booted okay, can see the 'dodgy' drive, can see the data and need to know if I can fix it in this way to become my bootable drive as it is full of programs I would rather not have to spend hours reinstalling.

I have Win 7 home premium for my sins.

Is there anything I can do to make life a bit easier?

thank you !!

Gordie

A:Hanging on boot, won't repair, can access as slave drive - fixable??

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Today, I decided I was going to restore grub and get Ubuntu, Windows, and OS X all booting from it, that turned out to be a mistake. First what I did was boot into the old grub menu with my bios and I loaded up Ubuntu. I decided to run sudo grub-install /dev/sda (which I think is where I went wrong) then sudo update-grub that seemed to work at first but my grub menu didn't update so I ran the boot repair utility in ubuntu and after that grub seemed fine. Grub loaded up with my operating systems detected and eveything. The first thing I did after that was load up Windows 8 and it seemed to be working; I saw the boot screen and the spinner with no messages under it so I just held the power button because I wanted to test OS X booting. At that point OS X loaded up and wanted to do a check disk on the windows partition and I didn't let it because I didn't want to wait.I decided to go back into windows and it wouldn't boot. I was told to do a system restore and I tried it but the repair utility said simply that an error occured. I rebooted and the next time it gave me the option of shutting down or opening advanced options. I opened the advanced options and opened up the familiar system restore point utility. It told me that it couldn't do a system restore because I needed to enable 'system protection' on my C drive. The only thing I could find for that was a powershell command which I can't run from the repair console and some other site saying to ... Read more

A:Windows 8 will not boot and boot repair tools aren't working

I have to agree with your assumption that the MBR was most likely changed, which is causing issues with Windows booting.

Can you post the line from the log that makes you think the MBR was modified?

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BOOT MANAGER IS COORUPT AND CAN NOT BE REPAIRED OR REBUILT THROUGH WINDOWS COMMAND PROMPT, CANNOT NOTUSE BOOT REPAIR DISK EITHER, i HAVE TRIED WINDOWS 7 FRESH INSTALL, WINDOWS 7 REPAIR BOOT DISK, I HAVE TRIED A LINUX BOOT REPAIR DISK, I HAVE TRIED TO USE
BOOTSECT, BOOTREC, BOOTMBR, BOOTCFG, BOOT /FIXMBR, BOT /FIXBOOT, SCAN0S,
REBUILD, AND NOTHING SEEMS TO REPAIR THE BOOT DRIVE. ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF A MISSING USB DRIVER THAT WINDOWS TRIED TO LOCATE FOR MY MOTOROLA HONE, AND IT COMPRESSED THE ENTIRE BOOT FILE AND DURING A RECOVERY OF SYSTEM IT TOALLY WIPED THE ENTIRE BOOT
PATH FROM WINDOWS COMMAND . SO I ASK YOU WHAT CAN I DO AT THIS POINT IN TIME TO RECOVER THE SYSTEM, PLEASE HELP, AS I AM AT MY WITS END AND COMPLETELY FRUSTRATED.

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

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Hi -

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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Hi,

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

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

Please help!

Thanks

A:Windows 8 drive locked?

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

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In addition when it does boot I can't launch any programs which aren't part of the system (I can change desktop settings, search my hard drive, etc. but can't run things like Skype or chrome.) My laptop has been having a weird issue for a while where when it came out of sleep it would have this issue, but run fine in terms of speed. When I restarted it everything would run fine. Yesterday I was forced to do a hard shut-down after waking it up (was short on time and needed to catch a flight.) now when I start it my machine takes a long time to boot and won't run non-system related programs at all. I've tried using check disk in safe mode, but at the rate it was going it would have taken a week or more for something to happen. (I left it on 5 hours and it got through 4% reading bad files most of the way.) Now I've been running sart up repair for around four hours a it's been attempting disk repairs the whole time. Should I let it keep running, or should I try something else? (If so, what should I do?)

A:Need help with hard drive repair, system is taking a long time to boot

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

Does the HD show up in BIOS setup? If so test it. If not replace or reseat.

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

A:The drive where Windows is installed is locked

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

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

A:the drive where windows is installed is locked

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

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I keep getting this when trying refresh my w8 rp

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

Help. Solution(s)?

A:The drive where Windows is installed is locked

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

Cannot unlock drive and unable boot back into Windows 8

Fix - The drive where Windows is installed is locked

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

Unlock a BitLocker-protected drive

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I 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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