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  1. #51
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    Try removing all power from the PC for 10 mins.


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    I already tried that... and nothing happened. :/ the strange thng is that the only thing I can see is System Reserved Partition (100MB).... and my 1TB partition (with Windows installation) is missing!! (aka Locked)?
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  3. #53



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    Hi all,
    I have the same probem -- my drive is locked. I absolutely cannot reformat this computer -- as far as time and resources go, I absolutely cannot. I'm confident this problem can be fixed without doing so, but I've only managed to find bits and pieces around the internet about how to do so.

    Here's the deal:
    My PC was taking a long time to boot up and I know that some times that happens when the computer is trying to log in online but the network is down. Our connection can be funky, so I pressed the network button on my computer, and, sure enough, Windows 8 booted. Great. Just peachy so far.

    Except then the network adapter had vanished from Windows. I've since found out that I disabled a bios setting, probably because of the point in boot at which I pressed the network button. Either way, that problem is the least of my worries now. I force shut off the computer a few times, trying to get the wireless network back up.

    Apparently the Intel hard drive manager (I wasn't able to find an exact name for this) locks the drive up after 5 forced shut downs. I didn't know this, but now the drive is locked up and I don't know how to get it back. My PC gives me the error 'The drive where windows is installed is locked.'

    I've tried running chkdsk from the advanced repair options, and chkdsk returns errors but won't let me fix them. In addition, chkdsk doesn't recognize my main disk at all, but only a 3,086 KB 'disk' which I guess is the recovery environment. Same thing with DISKPART: it recognizes no fixed disks.

    The hard drive is there, I know it is -- somehow it's just locked up. I've read through this thread and tried various solutions and none of them have worked. I need a solution for this as soon as possible, though. Any help at all that can be given would be much appreciated.

    EDIT: For anyone with the same problem, here is what resolved it for me:
    I booted into the pre-boot menu and ran my recovery tools from the Recovery partition: this is a Win7 system I've upgraded to Windows 8. From here, I clicked system restore. This is a Windows 7 system restore, and I have no restore points created for it, so it can't really restore anything. But I clicked 'restore,' it threw me an error about no restore points. I clicked 'Cancel' and the computer rebooted and worked. I have no idea why, but there it is. Hopefully that will help anyone else.

    Andrew
    Last edited by authorandrew; 09 Feb 2013 at 04:57 AM.
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    I had a lot of problems on my Samsung series 5 touch switching from the original 500 HDD to a new 256 SSD


    Using different cloning and partition tools - and boot fixing software brought me no-where! I downloaded a new trial version of windows 8 and copied it to a USB stick - and that wouldn't install either! (Installation could not find partition). I did however learn a lot about GPT drives and using diskpart. After 2 days of trying to make my cloned disk work I started from scratch with new software - and thistime it did work like a charm. So some cloning software does not clone the disk the right way and gives boot errors.


    Step 1: I reduced the c: drive partition on the 500 HDD so that the whole disk could fit on the new 256 SDD using EaseUS Partition Master 9.2.1 Home Edition.


    Step 2: Using EaseUS Todo Backup Free from the same software company I cloned the HDD to the SSD via an USB cable.


    Step 3: Replaced the disks and booted without the issues I had experienced before. Succes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by larslars View Post
    I had a lot of problems on my Samsung series 5 touch switching from the original 500 HDD to a new 256 SSD


    Using different cloning and partition tools - and boot fixing software brought me no-where! I downloaded a new trial version of windows 8 and copied it to a USB stick - and that wouldn't install either! (Installation could not find partition). I did however learn a lot about GPT drives and using diskpart. After 2 days of trying to make my cloned disk work I started from scratch with new software - and thistime it did work like a charm. So some cloning software does not clone the disk the right way and gives boot errors.


    Step 1: I reduced the c: drive partition on the 500 HDD so that the whole disk could fit on the new 256 SDD using EaseUS Partition Master 9.2.1 Home Edition.


    Step 2: Using EaseUS Todo Backup Free from the same software company I cloned the HDD to the SSD via an USB cable.


    Step 3: Replaced the disks and booted without the issues I had experienced before. Succes!
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    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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  6. #56



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    I've experienced this a couple of times since upgrading to Windows 8. Microsoft and HP tech support were sadly useless. I gave up a couple of times and reinstalled 7 as none of the options to refresh or restore worked. I re-ugraded to 8 about 30 days ago and all as been fine... until yesterday, I experienced the hard disk locked and the refresh / restore options - same issue, no options worked to repair to refresh / to restore.

    I took a shot at a different approach. I hard shut down the computer and during tart up, I banged away on f9 key to try to confirm startup drive. I selected harddrive. Computer rebooted and all is good again. I think the bios is defaulting to EUI drive for startup.

    maybe that helps - sadly no one advised me of this work about, I simply tried it as I had nothing to lose.

    Good luck
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    Hi,
    I had this problem and went to this thread for advice with no luck. I managed to get this problem fixed, I have no idea how it happened and really how what I did fixed it but it did with all my files and setting back, exactly as it was before. I had the exact same errors as OP including the mysterious "locking" of the HDD. I would post screens but I have literally have no idea how I would get this problem again.

    Heres how I fixed it:

    First, get a live version of Linux Ubuntu 12.10, Download Ubuntu Desktop | Ubuntu make sure its not the LTS version and make sure you either burn it to disk or mount to a USB, I mounted to a USB using http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

    Once you have booted into the live desktop (dont install it remember!) open up GParted (top icon on the left side, search for gparted) and you should notice a key next to your windows partition. If you don't then I don't know if this will help you.

    If you see the key (or if you dont, you could try it anyway) open up terminal (same top icon search for terminal) and run the command "sudo umount -a" and hit enter. It should come up with some errors but that's ok. close down terminal.

    Next go back to GParted. One of the top icons in GParted lets you refresh the drive (i cant remember which, sorry) hit that and it should refresh the drives status. Now you should see a red explanation mark next to your drive (instead of a key). If you right click your drive and press information, it should come up with lots of error, including one that says something like: try running chkdsk in windows to fix this error, this is good because thats what comes next.

    Now of course we haven't got windows to run chkdsk but now if you boot, you should get a different error from the one you did before. dont do a system restore, grab your windows 8 installation disk and load that up. choose your language, then click "repair my pc" go though the settings until you get the command line. you should still get the "X: Sources" thing but thats ok. Run the command "CHKDSK C: /F" Mine came up with no errors so then I ran "CHKDSK D: /F" and that had similar results with no errors.

    At first I thought it hadn't worked because of no errors, so I restarted my pc and it booted straight into windows like it did before! I literally have no idea why but it did, its worth ago!

    Sorry for the lack of accuracy, I'm not at the PC that had the error right now, otherwise I would give more info. Let me know if this worked for you and if you have any advances.

    Cheers,

    Tom


    tl;dr: Just read it, it might save your PC!
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    It is frustrating losing time and data. Some things I have learned regarding the unrecoverable locked drive scenario may prove as handy for others as it has for I. - regarding data recovery at least ... this might be worth checking out... (all credit to Sammy How to tell if windows 7 installer boot in EFI or BIOS? - Super User)
    Booting from your windows installation media and then once at "keyboard currency" screen simply press shift+F10 to give command prompt. Enter "notepad" - you can now use the "file" menu option to navigate your attached drives/files and back them up or cut'n'paste to where you want.(anywhere other than the messed up gpt drive!)

    atb
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    Hi,

    for anyone encountering the problem of a locked hdd at startup this might be a quick fix to get the computer to boot up again. Mind you, this is for pc only (as i guess with laptop it is much harder). One day while i was working on my computer all programs froze and i had to reboot. On startup i encountered a problem, i got an error saying that the hdd with system files could not be found. Using the windows 8 recovery disc i could not refresh or repair due to a locked hdd. So i turned of my pc, opened the casing and removed the power- and Sata cable from my hdd. With my hdd disconnected i booted up the computer. after a few seconds i shut the pc down again and reinstalled the hdd (putting back the cables connected to it). I booted up again and my hdd was found and windows 8 started up as normal. I guess that by disconnecting the hdd and booting up the computer the CMOS-Ram configuration is altered (removing locked drive) and afterwards by installing again it is able to configure a newly found unlocked hdd with windows 8. The only question i have is why the hdd is locked in the first place, maybe a problem in the windows 8 software during a freeze up of the system that configures the CMOS in an unexpected way causing the hdd to be locked? Hope this helps anybody.
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    So I had the same error on a pc running Windows 8, which I upgraded from Vista. So after pulling my hear out and many hours reading forums and nothing worked. I switched the pc of and just leave it for the night while I try to figure out a better way of getting windows 8 to start.

    So this morning it hit me. Vista, Win7 and Windows 8 uses the same MBR (or so i was told), so I popped in my Vista cd and booted to it. Select the Language and Currency settings > and click on "Repair this computer" so it comes up with this window that picks up all the OS's on your pc but it will not pick up Windows 8 (don't stress about it) Click on "Next" and click on "Start up Repair" after that is done Click OK to restart your pc and let it boot normaly. Windows 8 should boot up now.

    Hope this help
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