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Cannot Open Volume for Direct Access

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    Cannot Open Volume for Direct Access


    I have two internal drives (not RAID). The D: drive has simply stopped working, so I wanted to do a chkdsk on the disk. I opened cmd as administrator and I did the following:

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    I hope you can see that better than I can. Anyway, what I did was run chkdsk as administrator, with the following command (after I got to the c: prompt rather than Windows/System32).

    chkdsk d: /f /r /x

    What I got was this message:

    cannot open volume for direct access

    Now I'm flummoxed. Any ideas on how to get to this drive and hopefully restore a ton of stuff that is on there? I cannot do a data recovery if I cannot access the disk, can I? I have another disk here, but really, REALLY, really don't want to lose all the data on the drive.

    TIA,

    Made

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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    it could be that the drive is dead and check disk is not seeing the drive at all ,when I ran chkdsk d:\ it found mine with no issue and did a quick scan .

    if you go to file manager ,and this pc ,does the d rive show there ,if so right click on it and go to tools and check of to run the scan
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    The drive is showing as D: only when I click on tools, I get the same message. This is why I'm flummoxed -- it is showing a D: drive,

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    as a removeable, but nothing happens. Here's another shot:

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    As you can see, I can access Tools, but tools cannot access the drive. If the drive is indeed dead, is there ANY way to save/recover the data? I suspect not, but am asking out of the hope there may be SOMETHING that can be done without sending it out.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    my experience is limited ,but when I have or seen this type of issue ,I use a Linux live boot disk,to check the drive for files .some time I find them sometimes I don't .
    other time I remove it from the computer and use a usb sata connector to see if I can view the file on another computer
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    Thanks! I kinda thought it was dead, that's why I went ahead and bought a new one. I've marked thread closed.
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    Can anyone help me out......i too get the same message that cannot open volume for direct access when i chkdsk my memory card..........i tried using tools on net bt they all dont open as long as my memory card stays connected to computer, when i remove these tool softwares open..................plz help
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    Re Read" caperjack " last post good luck.
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    Hey, but wats linux live boot disk n how to use it? will it work on windows? My actual problem is while using my phone memory card between phone and laptop, it somehow is not readable on phone. Laptop reads it but when i open it it hangs. I tried formatting but window can't access it......plz help
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    I used my memory card in card reader to get some text files from my friend lappy. I did it two three times bt one day my lappy n my phn are having prblem with that memory card.......Whn i put it in my phn....it hangs n does not respond....as soon as i remove it frm phn, my phn says that preparing sd card.....whn i put it in lappy, my recognize it n says that there are problems with it, scan n fix bt it cant fix.....whn i open explorer it hangs....i tried formatting it using chkdsk n diskpart from cmd bt it also kind of hangs n as soon as i remove sd card from lappy cmd flashes message for commands written whn sd card was attached. Whn i used chkdsk h: /f on cmd it says that 'cannot open volume for direct access'......i hav also used tools like sdformatter n all, they all dont open till my sd card is attached to lappy....as soon as i remove my sd card they open n say no memory card attached............plz help me if there is a way to ormat my sd card or is it corrupted to an extent tht nthing cant be done? bt thn my lappy recognizes it...........hlpppp
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    Sounds like a failed card to me. Just thinking maybe you should contact the manufacture of the Card perhaps they have a tool that might recover it? At least tell you it has failed
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