Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

locked drive

  1. #1


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro

    locked drive


    I have windows 8.1 and am trying to do a refresh as I've had some problems. But I keep getting a message that says, "The drive where windows are installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again." I then did a scan using "SFC/SCANNOW" When it was finished it said that it found some corrupt files but could not fix some of them. So the question is: What is a locked drive and how do you unlock it? Thanks
    Frank

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Bit Locker?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Bit Locker?
    I don't even know what is meant by Bit Locker?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    I just did a search and got some info about bitlocker. I then went into control panel and found that bitlocker is turned off.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I don't know what's going on?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Locked as read only?

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    This is what I got:
    Current read only : No
    Read Only: No
    Boot disk: yes
    Hibernation disk: No

    I'm wondering if my drive is bad because I get all kinds of errors. As an example one time when I tried to do a refresh, it told me to put in the media, so I put in the CD with windows 8 and a message said, "Invalid media." I then decided to recover a system image that I made in July. When asked which image I wanted to restore, I chose the one I made in July. Actually it was the last one that I made. But it restored to an image that was supposed to have been made yesterday. I did not make one yesterday. I tried it again and I chose the one I made in July but it still wanted to restore from the previous day. I'm also having a problem with internet explorer shutting down. So there have been all kinds of errors. It makes me wonder if I am in need of a new computer.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you go to the drive manufacturers web site you should be able to find a free utility to check the drive for errors. You can also try this, CHKDSK - Check a Drive for Errors in Windows 8
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you go to the drive manufacturers web site you should be able to find a free utility to check the drive for errors. You can also try this, CHKDSK - Check a Drive for Errors in Windows 8
    I did a drive check last night. It took about 4 hours but everything passed. So what I did was to restore it to the original factory settings. So it now has windows 7. So far everything seems to work just fine. I'm now going to install 8. I'll post back to let you know how it goes.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
locked drive
Related Threads
SSD hard drive locked in General Support
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....
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 ...
Windows 8 drive locked? in General Support
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...
I have an Asus T300LA Transformer with Win8.1. My keyboard stopped working so wanted to use the recovery utility, but when I get there it says my hard drive is locked and to unlock it. How do I do that?
Drive is locked! I'm desperate.... in Installation & Setup
Hello guys, I just registered because i have no solution for my situation... I'll try to describe in detail what happened to my hard drive, where I have all my info and have no backup... i had an ssd removed from Zenbook and installed in Sony Vaio (120 GB, 2.5 gb free for now, of most crucial...
Locked drive in Drivers & Hardware
As a beginning user of Windows 8 Pro I still have my old XP installation on a separate hard disk. I tried to keep both systems in the same machine by dual-boot setup. However soon Windows 8 refused too boot with error smthg like 'Locked drive'. I just guess that maybe the previous XP session ran...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook