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[Fixed] Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected Windows 10

Posted by Abby Haines to Resource 2017-03-16

Summary

Get error message'The type of the file system is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive. Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected'? This page tells you how to remove the write protection on PC hard drive, SD card or USB drive and make chkdsk work properly in Windows 10/8/7.

"Tried to boot up my computer this morning and was given the message: 'Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically.' And it won't let me boot in safe mode. Having no system restore points, then I run chkdsk /r command prompt but it gives 'Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected' error message. Is there any way to fix the issue, I'm running Windows 10 Professional?" 

Overview & Symptom

Chkdsk is a built in Check Disk utility for Windows PC to hell you fix disk errors or startup issues. But usually, when you run 'chkdsk /r'via a Command Prompt after getting the message: 'Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically', it will not work and at most times will give you the error message reads: 

'The type of the file system is NTFS. 
Cannot lock current drive.
Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected'.

Solutions & Fixes

If you happened to be caught in such a situation where you are unable to run chkdsk Hard Drive is Write Protected, now you can read this page to learn how to remove this write protection and make chkdsk work properly in Windows 10/8/7. And except for PC hard disk, the tutorial is also available to fix Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected issue on SD card, USB drive or other external memory devices. 

To fix unable to run chkdsk hard drive is Write Protected: 

1. Press Windows Key + X button to bring up the power users menu. 
2. In the power users menu, select the Command Prompt (Admin) option.
3. Click Yes when you are presented with a UAC window requesting permission to launch the Command Prompt as Administrator.
4. In the new Command Prompt window, type chkdsk E: /f /r /x and press Enter. Here you should replace E with the drive letter of your PC hard drive, SD card or USB drive.

This command will unmounts the disk, SD card or USB drive and removes any write protection status on the device. In this case, you can get chkdsk working again and will no longer see 'Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected' error message.

Important: While performing chkdsk on the hard drive if any bad sectors are found on the hard drive, then chkdsk tries to repair that sector. If any data is available then that data might be lost. So, if you have been faced with a chkdsk deleted file recovery job after the operation, you can try EaseUS disk data recovery for help. It supports Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

To recover deleted data after running chkdsk:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software, select the PC hard drive, SD card or USB devices where your files deleted by chkdsk and click "Scan" button.

Recover files deleted by chkdsk - select to scan the specific disk

Step 2. A quick scan will start first to search lost or deleted files on the disk. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

Recover files deleted by chkdsk - run quick scan and deep scan

Step 3. After the scan, preview all the listed recoverable chkdsk deleted files (only Word documents, text, photos and emails are supported) and choose those you want. Finally, click "Recover" button to retrieve them back from the PC hard drive, SD card or USB drive. Here, you'd better save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Recover files deleted by chkdsk - click recover button