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Cannot access C: Drive?

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    Cannot access C: Drive?


    Hey there. I've recently unsuccessfully attempted to run ubuntu alongside windows 8. Ubuntu didn't seem to be working, so I decided to just go back to windows 8. However, when I did so my computer decided to get stuck on the loading screen for windows. I left that there for about 2 hours, then decided to go through and see if I could change anything in bios in order to fix it. Nothing worked. I pressed f8 when I was booting up, and got to the recovery option. When I tried to recover, it told me that my hard drive was locked, and I should unlock it before attempting to recover any files. So while trying to install ubuntu I somehow managed to lock my hard drive. I attempt to access my c: drive through command prompt, and it tells me that the C: drive does exist, but does not contain any files. Is there anyway to grant myself access to the hard drive, or am I going to have to wipe it? Thanks in advance.

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    Win8.1 Pro 64bit


    I had this happen on laptop I was setting up for my dad. I ended up having to delete all partition and reformat.
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    Windows 8.1 pro Windows 8 pro Windows 7 Home


    Quote Originally Posted by DeBuggyKeyBoard View Post
    Hey there. I've recently unsuccessfully attempted to run ubuntu alongside windows 8. Ubuntu didn't seem to be working, so I decided to just go back to windows 8. However, when I did so my computer decided to get stuck on the loading screen for windows. I left that there for about 2 hours, then decided to go through and see if I could change anything in bios in order to fix it. Nothing worked. I pressed f8 when I was booting up, and got to the recovery option. When I tried to recover, it told me that my hard drive was locked, and I should unlock it before attempting to recover any files. So while trying to install ubuntu I somehow managed to lock my hard drive. I attempt to access my c: drive through command prompt, and it tells me that the C: drive does exist, but does not contain any files. Is there anyway to grant myself access to the hard drive, or am I going to have to wipe it? Thanks in advance.
    Does your PC have UEFI? if yes the only tip i can give you is
    to search about "Ubuntu UEFI"
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


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    Try doing a Automatic Repair.

    How to do a Automatic Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Try running the Windows 7 Startup repair, for 8. Brooklyn's dome it several times, it can fix the a bad boot.
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    Thanks for all the responses, guys.
    I had this happen on laptop I was setting up for my dad. I ended up having to delete all partition and reformat.
    How would one go about doing this?
    Does your PC have UEFI? if yes the only tip i can give you is
    to search about "Ubuntu UEFI"
    Sadly, yes. I looked it up, but it seems that everyone else gets to the point where ubuntu asks the user if they want to install or just use the trial, but whenever I boot from the ubuntu CD it comes up with this:
    Click image for larger version
    Try doing a Automatic Repair.
    I've tried the automatic repair a couple of times, to no avail.
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    I've ran the startup repair at least once before, but I'll try it right now.
    Thanks for all the help guys, didn't think I would get any responses.
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    Oh, really? Thanks for the suggestion, I'll go see if I can find one somewhere. (I know of someone who has one, but I'm not sure if they still have it or if they will be willing to let me borrow it)
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Hm, that error is basically saying that it can't find the Boot Disk - But it doesn't mean that the hard drive is bad, just that it's not being called up in the Boot Profile. But it MAY mean the drive is bad, go through all your BIOS and see if it shows the mounted drive.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If your drive has developed failures, you may need to scan it with GWscan or WDdiag or Seagate Seatools. All of those are part of Hiren's Boot CD (Link is below my Sig Pic), if you wanna try that, under "Dos Programs/Hard Drive Tools"- GWscan may be the easiest to run, it will scan your SMART then check the disk. If it finds a problem you just hit "Y" and it does a full scan. Takes about an hour to do it.
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    Alright, thanks. I'll try those and get back to you.
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