Cannot access C: Drive?

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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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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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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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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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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:
IMG_0135[1].JPG
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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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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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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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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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:
View attachment 24855

Seems like you're not booting from the ubuntu cd/dvd in fact,
you should be able to boot from the cd/dvd even without a HD
but i do not know UEFI so i can't be sure ...
 

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Seems like you're not booting from the ubuntu cd/dvd in fact,
you should be able to boot from the cd/dvd even without a HD
but i do not know UEFI so i can't be sure ...

I have run a Live Ubuntu CD on a PC without a HDD.

It didn't use the problematic UEFI system though.
 

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Blast. I can't run the repair option on the windows 7 disk, I can't install windows 7 on any partition. (Most of them were reserved by the computer manufacturer, but the partition that I had windows 8 on didn't work, along with the 20 gb partition I set aside for ubuntu when I was planning on installing it) This is getting a little frustrating.
 

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Brooklin knows how to use the windows 7 disk - I'll ask him if he knows how you can do it.
 

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OK I asked Brooklin to help in here.

If you are trying to install 7 - You'll have to either do it on a clean partition, or, get into your disk and delete your Program Files folders, Windows folders, and Move your User folder somewhere else, delete the full Users folder after that. Delete all of your Hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys and swapfile.sys files to, and anything else in the root of the drive.

You can use Hiren's Boot CD's "Mini-XP" to get in there, and it's got Unlocker installed so you can delete stubborn folders. Link is below my Sig. The Board owners can't sanction the use of Hiren's as an official Board tool, but a lot of us use it here. I wanted to write some tutorials, but the stuff I wanted to write about use Hiren's in the solution. So it's just from me to you, use Mini-XP, check out your system disk.

The fact that you got a lot of partitions on one drive, is part of the problem, I use Multi Partitions in my Macs, but never in my PCs, because it is too problematic.
 

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Hm, it should show up when you right click on something to delete, it'll just say "Unlocker"

If not, you can download it real quick, connect your Network and download it with the Opera that's in there.
 

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    "1842 x 1036"
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    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
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    Works 550w
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    MSI "M-Box"
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    Water Cooled
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.
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