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

Dear TSG

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

Intel Pentium CPU G645 @ 2.90GHz
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


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

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

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

Thanks Bob

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

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

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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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 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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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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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.


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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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?


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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 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
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".

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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

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Hi all

I have a Maxtor Maxline Plus II 250GB SATA 1.5GB/s that I bought about November last year the seller said it was brand new, but about six months realized that it wasn't brand new as Acronis Drive Monitor said that my Maxtor had been used for 1585 days, and about 2 months ago my Maxtor started clicking and sounding as if it was bout to die. Acronis Drive Monitor says that the Maxtor 23% health which is below Acronis's 70% limit before replacing the hard drive. But I thought could I replace the PCB to see if the hard drive will get full life again and work well, will this work?


A:Solved: Hard drive repair

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Okay *sigh* I'm getting desperate. Let me explain.

I have a Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600. It has two hard drives, and XP Media Center Edition. I'd been heavy hit with viruses for whatever reason and was cleaning them out, my internet got really slow, and eventually the whole computer froze, only to get a black screen when I tried to reboot.

Trying safe mode only got down to "isapnp.sys" in the drivers before it stopped.

Trying to boot from an XP disk only said it could not find any hard drives. The BIOS says they are both online.

Please, please, please help! I'll bake you a cake if you live in the Chicago area! Seriously.

A:[SOLVED] XP Repair Cannot Find Hard Drive

At what stage does it say hard-drives not detected? Does it boot from the windows xp disc and load all the drivers, then say no hard-drives detected?

If so then go into bios and disable the Native SATA option and retry.

Thank You

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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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A:Solved: hard drive problems:replace or repair?:

Well, you can't repair hard disks as a rule, so I think a backup right now is a real good idea! You can download the disk manufacturer's diagnostics and run a scan on your drive to see how well it does...

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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.


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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A:Can't repair Windows XP / Reformat Hard drive

Is your keyboard PS/2 (round connector) or USB (flat connector)?

If USB, you may need to go into the BIOS and set the Legacy USB Support to ON or Enabled.

If PS/2 ... Try a different keyboard.

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I have a co-worker that brought in his Acer notebook. It is running Windows 7 loads but only will show the background. Nothing else will show. When trying to do a repair it locks up the repair every time. Does the same thing if I try to install Windows again.

Any ideas?



A:Windows 7 - Cant repair or wipe hard drive

I would run the correct respective hard drive diagnostic, available at the website of the hard drive manufactuer.

Free Hard Drive Testing Tools - Hard Drive Diagnostics - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm


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I have recently had an unexpected issue with my laptop. I opened the computer the other day and everything was frozen so I had to hard reset the unit. Upon start-up, I get the error that reads "WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is missing or corrupted."

I then used the Windows XP install disc to boot off the cd and run a repair. When I clicked 'r' to run the repair, the Setup comes back and says something along the lines of "Setup cannot run the repair because it does not detect any hard drive."

The hard drive is less than 2 years old and still under warranty. I bought a hard drive enclosure to test and see if the drive even spins up anymore and it does. On my computer at work I was able to plug in the enclosed hard drive and access any of the files. This is a relief as I did not want to lose everything on that drive.

My question is how can I fix the boot files? Since I have the hard drive enclosure and I can access folders on it via another pc, is there a way I can go in and find this corrupt file and replace it? Is there another way to repair the drive? When booting up into the BIOS, it does detect the Hard drive slot so I do not think it is a hardware connection issue.

Please let me know if you guys have had this happen before or have any ideas of what can I do before I just send it back to Western Digital for a new drive. Thank you very much for your time!

A:Windows Repair Disc Cannot Locate Hard Drive

run a wd diagnostic utility on the drve and see if it finds any problems.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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Before the Windows 7 Repair window showed up the computer would just shut down soon after boot.
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Ran RKill to kill the process and then ran Malwarebytes. No more fake virus alerts and the desktop icons came back, but still have 2 problems. All Programs menu items are all empty and it keeps shutting down without warning.

Attempted to run Unhide, but before it can get very far the computer shuts down.

A:Fake Windows 7 Repair and Hard Drive Failure

Follow this guide to the letter


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of the methods to fix this issue on microsofts website but nothing helps. I was using this page. (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-desktop-winpc/task-bar-not-clickable/6fdae03d-4edf-4dee-b13f-97ce117e40ec)

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I have a Dell Inspiron N41110 that ran like a dream for the whole 13 months I've had it--until last night, when it froze, I forced a reset, and it got stuck in the Startup Repair loop.  At first Startup Repair said the problem was a corrupt registry, but now it says it can't figure out the root cause at all.  I tried this tutorial, but the computer couldn't copy a couple of the files due to an "I/O error," so it's still stuck in the loop. System Restore wouldn't work--it told me there were no restore points.  Then, after spending hours getting my personal files off with Paragon Rescue Kit, I ran the Dell diagnostics from the boot menu, and the hard drive failed the test with error code 2000-0142.
Finally, I decided to run chkdsk for the heck of it . . . and it's been stuck on "Correcting error in index $130 for file 4897" for four hours now. 
What should I do now?  I'm not especially technologically savvy (obviously) and this is my first encounter with the startup repair loop, so even though I've now read tons of threads and articles on it I still have no idea what to do with my computer.  I've read a lot of stuff that says reinstalling Windows 7 is the only way to fix it, but now I'm wondering if the hard drive is the root cause and can't be fixed.  Is there any way to tell for sure what's going on, or should I just get a new hard drive and be done with it?  (I'm definitely not happy at the prospect of needing a ne... Read more

A:Startup repair loop - Reinstall Windows or get new hard drive?

ERROR CODE :2000-0142 from the Dell Forum - Also From DellYour worst fears are true. HDDs can last 1 year or 15 years, I have found it is just luck and care that makes it longer or shorter. Have you dropped or crushed the unit, as this can also shorten the life - Thank You - and Sorry - 

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I sometimes wonder about techs using tools such as Seatools, HDD regenerator etc to diagnose/repair hard drives. Do any of these tools beat Chkdsk in any way?
(besides data recovery tools, I guess those have no match in Windows).

Thank you

A:Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

IMO, always use the tool provided by the vender. At the time you need this tool, you don't need a 3rd party screw-up to 'help you' really mess it up.

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Hey guys,

The HDD on my laptop recently took a turn for the worst and started clicking like crazy - it's always been a little faulty, but the PC wouldn't boot successfully for a few days After a few small knocks to try and loosen the head, the drive now works properly - I used Puppy Linux, running from a USB pen, to try and backup a few files, but it then informed me that the filesystem required checking. I downloaded a Windows 7 recovery disk, booted it up and the automatic repair utility informed me that there were startup issues I could correct relating to the filesystem....that was three days ago. The drive is spinning, and the recovery environment appears to be working, but my disk is only 500GB large, and I'm not entirely sure whether it should be taking this long - before I selected the automatic repair utility, I tried to run ChkDsk /r from the command line, but I was informed that the drive was locked. Could this be the issue? I have seen on a few forums that the drive being regarded as locked is a known and easily resolved issue, and I'd really like to know if it's safe to do a hard restart while the recovery disk claims to be repairing the filesystem.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, dual SeaGate 500GB HDDs. 4GB DDR3 RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor, if that helps any. Thanks in advance!

A:Hard drive repair running from Windows 7 Recovery Disk for 3 days?

It may never stop. You'll probably have to shut it down. There are no repairs that take that long.

But it doesn't look too good for that hard drive. Is it encrypted or password-protected?

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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

Thanks for your time,

A:Solved: computer locked in repair cycle

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Hello, I have a Dell Latitude CPx 500Megahertz pc. I got it second hand and it has worked fine but recently the hard drive locked up and requires a password. I am trying to bypass the password and boot it back up. I do not have any internal floppy or cd rom drives, only a PCMAI card. I am currently running XP Pro on my system. If any one can help either with the password or to jump the motherboard and show me how to do so with a diagram of any sort. I would appreciate it. Thank you

A:Hard Drive locked, need hard drive password

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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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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've got a hard drive from an ancient pc of mine with a lot of music on it. I was planning on pulling the drive and giving the computer to a friend, but during the process of cleaning it, I must've damaged the board. The thing won't boot, but I'm not super concerned about it.

The only problem is, when trying to get to my music from my new pc, the old account holding the music was password protected. I can get into the guest account fine, but I lack permission to look at the old admin.

I could just get the board on the old one looked at, fix the problem from there and then unlock the account, but it's a bit worthless for a pc I'm not using.

So, anyway I can get into the slave drive?

Thanks in advance for all your advice.

A:Locked out of hard drive

If you pulled the drive as you say, then attach it to your new computer, either as a Slave drive to the Hard Drive that boots the computer or in an external USB Enclosure/Adapter. You do not need to log into an account to access the music that is on an external drive.

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accepted free Windows 8 upgrade in 2012 and now, hard drive locked and won't allow refresh, restore, etcso..i'm lookin for my product key 

A:Hard drive locked before 2 yrs old and no way to r...

Have you tried also to boot to recovery pressing ALT+F10 at boot?you must have D2D support enabled on BIOS.

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I work for a school district and we had a student lock the hard drive with a password. Does anyone know how I can remove it. I have tried removing the battery and this did not do it. I have tried to flash the bios and I can not do that either. Any help would be appreciated.

Technology Specialist
Mt. Zion School Dist

A:hard drive locked

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I have a wd 3200 sata hdd. i have been using it for about a year or so for backups. I now have a problem with it.
If it is plugged in at post i get a bios error and am forced into setup.
If it is not plugged in I get No errors.

Windows no longer recognizes the drive. the drive does not spin up.
Linux recognizes the drive and all files are still present. the drive is fully functional.

The bios does not acknowledge the drive
But it does indicate that there is 'something' attached to sata3 or 2 or whatever channel i am trying at the momment.

A:wd hard drive locked?

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when i start up one of my hard drives says it locked and i have 5 tries left what is this

A:hard drive locked

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Hello so before this problem occurred I attempted to transfer my main drive with Windows 10 on it to a larger drive using the western digital software. After this my computer restarted, and when I tried signed in I would get a flickering screen/black screen with cursor. I tried to boot into safe mode and I was given a white screen with and infinite dots would circle in the center, and blink black every minute. I couldn't do anything, so I attempted a refresh. Once I did that that the infinite blue screen with white dots continued. So I booted Windows off of my Usb and attempted to fix startup problems, and none were detected. Then I tried to refresh/backup, and I was given a message that said, "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again." At this point I went into command prompt and saw that my two drive were online, but I am unsure how to unlock them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

A:Hard Drive Locked

Sounds like you copied the partition improperly. If you still have the original Drive, use any old version of Paragon Partition Manager. Or any partition manager that boots off a disk or flash drive.

You will have to delete the partition on the new drive, then put both drives back in to the PC and then boot to the Partition Manager. Then you use the function that copies the whole DRIVE, not just one partition. See, if you only copy the Windows Partition, it will not boot, because you also have to have the small partition (100mb or so) that precedes it on the disk.

You can also use Mini Tool partition Wizard from Within Windows. Boot to your original drive, then download MiniHome Partition Wizard (free- Google it). Then pull that up, and tell it to copy the whole old drive to the whole new drive, make sure the new drive is unformatted.

It will start then it will force a reboot, just let it go and it will start the copy during the next boot. Keep your eye on it, it will take several hours. Don't let it complete the boot, shut off the PC after it finishes. Then pull out the old drive and put the new drive in it's place, and it will boot to the copied drive.

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Hi all, I just successfully unlocked the bios on a dell latitude d800 using the shorting method. But now I have another problem. The hard drive has a password too, can someone please help with this issue.


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be specific

What OS is on this computer? I am not familiar with any software/mechanism to lock out the hard drive. If Win98, create new user and password. If XP, safe mode may not be protected by password. Create admin login in safe mode. Programs exist to crack passwords. Good luck.

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I have messed up with my partitions. N den I started getting a blue screen which states that (c the image below).
My hard drive is locked. I tried taking it out n backing up the data but my efforts turned futile. I have some really important stuff which I want to recover. Please help me out.

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Hello, everytime I start my laptop it shows an all black screen with the hard drive model and asks for my password. I know the password and enter it this is no problem but how can I get it to stop asking me for a password everytime I start the laptop? I went into BIOS and it does not let me highlight the hdd password to change or delete it, so I am guessing it is not in bios. Laptop works fine no problems at all just don't want to have to keep entering the pw every time I turn it on. Not sure if it matters but I am using windows 7 ultimate and it's a Gateway ID49c laptop. Thanks

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it does not let me highlight the hdd password to change or delete it

Possible reason, there may be 2 different bios accounts\passwords, one for general users (with restrictions) and one for admin (with access to all settings).

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I have 2 problems. I have 2 drives, one with Windows and such, and the other with about 1,000 games that my girlfriend plays. She let her grandson on, unsupervised, and the next thing is a trashed system drive.

Unfortunately, there was no way to save it, so I did a format and clean reinstall of XP Home. Goback was on the drive, and there was no way to uninstall it before the reinstall. The reinstall went fine, but the GAME drive is virtually inaccessible. It doesn't show in My Computer, but does show in Admin Tools, Disk Management. However, the drive name is shown as F(F. It should either be D: or F: ( there are 2 optical drives). I can't change the name or drive letter. I get the error "the drive is locked".

I tried Partition Magic, and it will change the info, temporarily. Also, PM shows the drive as *.F It doesn't give any error message, and says the change has been applied, but it obviously hasn't.

I searched this forum for "hard drive locked" and followed suggestions that I had not tried previously.

The smiley replaced a colon; the entry should read F(F.

Sometimes I think I might know what I'm doing, and then I realize, maybe not.

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I am loking for a bigger hard drive, and looked at one which the seller had in an xbox. He says the xbox locked it and I wondered what it would take to unlock it

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i dont think that there is anything physical different about an Xbox hdd, maybe if you ran a low level format on it, it would allow you to use it then, you will have to have the make/model ie seagate, western digital, etc. and d/l the makers disk utility to a bootable 1.44 floppy disk or burn an iso image to a cd.

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well heres an easy thing i think not!
I bought a laptop ibm thinkpadb 600 on ebay and the hard drive is locked its not the bios or the the start up or admin cos ive swapped them around>
Al i want to do is merely access and format the hard drive thats all.
. It wont give me access
it gets recognised when connected to another computer but then just comes up with this rubbish not accesible,
the bit i want is the master boot record cos thats where it is.
i need to to get access to it in a word>
I dont mind erasing the whole lot

Any ideas?
the password lock is definetilely on the hard drive i dont want to retreive anything just want to format it.

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I have the same problem and the bootrec commands won't work. it says windows installation not found even if there is a Windows 7 installation inside the locked hard drive. I just want to unlock the hard drive. I can't access the BIOS either. It is an HP Elitebook 8460p. When I connect the hard drive to another computer via a USB to SATA adapter, even if Hard Drive diagnostics tool sees it, the computer won't see it, so I can't access the contents. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. 

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i got a 20 gig laptop hd that is locked. when i boot the pc it stops with hdd bay lock enter password from what i know is that it is asking for a master password .i dont know it cause i got the drive from my uncle who died ...ps it is not a bios password it is looking for..can anybody help me ????

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After installing a Windows 8.1 update to my Pavilion g7 it no longer completes boot. Went to system restore (f11) and tried various restores. I get an error saying my hard drive is locked and I must unlock it to proceed. Tried creating boot disk using recdisc from command prompt but got message that a file was missing. How do I unlock the hard drive?

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Hi Try this Boot from the win 8 DVDGo to command prompt and ran a few bootrec commands:Bootrec /fixMBRbootrec /fixBootbootrec /rebuildBCDI then went back into the win 8 auto repair and it seemed to work. Also attachin Video Link given below. Link

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So, I was trying to salvage files from my friend's computer when it caused my Windows 8 laptop to crash. It crashed so badly in fact, that I had to pull out my recovery USB. Except none of the recovery options work.

Refresh tells me the harddrive is locked. Reset tells me a partition is missing. I can't use system restore, I don't have a system image (and even if I did I'm sure I wouldn't be able to use it), and startup repair tells me it can't fix my machine.

Now, I'm a wee bit familiar with DOS. Enough so that I feel kinda okay with using some basic commands. Chkdsk by itself says the volume label is Boot and the file system is NTFS, and errors detected in the uppercase file (no idea what this means). Chkdsk /F tells me the drive cannot be locked and it is write protected. However, chkdsk c: says the file systen is FAT32 and there are no issues. (so far it seems somehow the OS system of my friend attempted to transfer itself to my harddrive...?)

List disc says I have two discs. 0 being 931GB, 1 bein 31GB. (I'm assuming 1 is my recovery disc?) Setting disc 0 to active and then entering list partition tells me there are no partitions on disc 0.

So... What to do? Again, I'm a wee bit familiar with DOS. This is about the extent of my knowledge in fact, and most of this I had to look up and research.


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i have a dell inspiron 8100 laptop and my hard drive crashed (at least thats what they told me when i called dell) i was told that the hard drive was locked and that i might as well throw it away. is there anyway that i can get into this? i really need to get into my computer asap!!! thank you

A:hard drive locked?!?

You could try placing it in a zip lock bag, and putting the drive in a freezer for 1-2 hours, then hook it up and see if it'll work. It won't work for long if it does, so get what you need off it immediately.

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