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My Hard Drive Randomly Locked?

  1. #1


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    My Hard Drive Randomly Locked?


    Hello,

    Something terrible happened to my computer today. I'm honestly not sure exactly how, but my hard drive locked itself. I was trying to install FL Studio 11, when it kept saying I didn't have write permissions. I thought that the installer might be corrupted, so I downloaded it again. It still had the same issue. I thought maybe it was an issue with Windows 8, so I burned it to a USB and connected my iPhone to iTunes to try and sync some music to it before I restored Windows. Not only did the driver not install, but iTunes closed and said I either don't have read/write permissions or iTunes is on a locked hard drive. Frustrated at this point, I turned my computer off and booted from my Windows 8 install USB. Windows 8 will not install because it says that my hard drive is locked so I can't install Windows 8 on the hard drive. I tried installing it again and the installer said that the temporary installation files could not be copied to the hard drive. I can't boot into Windows now, it just stays stuck at the flashing symbol (I've left it there for about 5 hours now, still nothing). I have a lot of files that I really need for making my music and a lot of unrecoverable pictures, so I really need to get this computer fixed, can anybody help me? At the moment I'm installing Windows on a USB in hopes I can boot from that and move all my files to a backup PC and then format my hard drive, but I'm not 100% sure that will work. I checked my BIOS and my hard drive is not locked with a password or anything, so this just doesn't make sense to me. It might have something to do with all the partitions I've made in the last few days to install Linux and I decided I didn't need it so I deleted the partitions and extended my main partition again. Thank you in advanced.

    EDIT: Also, I've already tried automatic repair about 6 times nothing has worked, it says it can't fix my PC.

    SOLUTION: I fixed this problem by downloading Hiren's Boot CD, going into Mini XP, moving all my files to another laptop with USB, and formatting my hard drive completely.
    Last edited by EpowShaon; 20 Jul 2013 at 13:07.

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    You haven't got private messaging enabled - it is in your User Control Panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You haven't got private messaging enabled - it is in your User Control Panel.
    Under what tab? I don't see it.
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    User CP>My account>General Settings>Personal Messaging
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    User CP>My account>General Settings>Personal Messaging
    I searched the entire page I don't see it anywhere.
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    Just remembered, I think you need a certain number of posts for that.

    Try this:



    Boot into winre and at the cmd prompt:

    DISKPART> lis disk

    [Select the disk to modify]

    DISKPART> sel disk 1

    [Clear Read-Only attribute]

    DISKPART> att disk clear readonly

    [exit diskpart]

    DISKPART>exi
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Just remembered, I think you need a certain number of posts for that.

    Try this:



    Boot into winre and at the cmd prompt:

    DISKPART> lis disk

    [Select the disk to modify]

    DISKPART> sel disk 1

    [Clear Read-Only attribute]

    DISKPART> att disk clear readonly

    [exit diskpart]

    DISKPART>exi
    It said "DiskPart failed to clear disk attributes."
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    try running the msi unlocker on this, courtesy of the folk at farstone- it's a big download.
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    Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    try running the msi unlocker on this, courtesy of the folk at farstone- it's a big download.
    I'll download it overnight and post my results in the morning. I'm hoping I might just be able to move files with Windows To Go but we'll see what happens.
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    Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    try running the msi unlocker on this, courtesy of the folk at farstone- it's a big download.
    I have no idea how to use this tool, the only selections are "Set UEFI/EFI Boot Hard Drive" (I can't select any hard drive), "Uninstall RestoreIT Drivers", and "Analyze" (opens up CMD)
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