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How to unlock Hard Drive

  1. #1

    Posts : 8
    win 8

    How to unlock Hard Drive


    I have just tried to Refresh my Windows 8.1 installation, but when running the refresh Windows 8.1 came up with an error I have not seen before, let alone do the refresh.

    It displayed a message saying "The Drive is Locked, you will have to unlock the drive to continue" so HOW do you unlock a Hard Drive please ?

    Hope someone knows how to do this before I either pull my hair out, or start from scratch and re-format the drive and do a complete new install of Windows 8.1

    One thing I have done about a week ago which may be causing this problem is I converted the Drive from MBR to GPT and if this has locked the drive, I am still in the position of not knowing how to fix the problem.

    Thanks in advance


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  2. #2

    Posts : 87
    Win 8 and Linux (MINT)

    If you still had the disk set with MBR its a simple fix, not sure how to fix it with GPT

    To Fix a a corrupt MBR (Master Boot Record) or corrupt BCD (Boot Configuration Data) follow these steps to repair your PC.
    To fix this problem, follow these steps:
    1) Insert your Windows installation CD and boot the computer using the CD.
    2) As the computer boots, you need to navigate through these prompts to get to the Command Prompt:
    - First it asks what language and keyboard you use on the Windows Setup screen. Click the Next button.
    - Then on the next screen click the link on the bottom that says "Repair your computer"
    - Then on the Choose an option screen, click the Troubleshoot link.
    - Then on the Troubleshoot screen, click the Advanced options link.
    - Then on the Advanced options screen, click the Command Prompt link.
    3) Enter these commands at the command prompt:
    - Type: bootrec /fixmbr and press the Enter key
    - Type: bootrec /fixboot and press the Enter key
    - Type: bootrec /RebuildBcd and press the Enter key
    - Then it will ask Yes or No, type: Y
    4) After typing the command above, the problem should be fixed. You can follow these steps to restart your computer:
    - If you are still in the command prompt type: exit and press the Enter key
    - You may want to remove the Windows CD from your computer before restarting.
    - Then on the Choose an option screen click the Continue link.
    Your computer should now restart normally.
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  3. #3

    And if im trying to repair with a USB pen how is this command Type: bootrec /RebuildBcd ???

    please help meee
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  4. #4

    Posts : 879
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by moletes View Post
    And if im trying to repair with a USB pen how is this command Type: bootrec /RebuildBcd ???
    Do you want info about the bootrec /rebuildbcd command ?

    Take a look at this post: link
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  5. #5

    Roger is using a CD, but I'm using a USB pen with windows 8.1 , Do I try to use the same command as he ?
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  6. #6

    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    What is the issue you are having with the USB? and what is on the USB you are trying to boot?
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  7. #7

    I have windows 8.1 on my laptop. Now when i start is going to a blue screen, thats says need reparation.

    I put windows 8.1 on a USB , and tried to restore , but it says HardDrive is Locked like ROger.

    What do you think is my best option????

    Also someone said to me to put Ubuntu on a USB and retrive my data from HardDrive and then reinstall windows from USB.
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