My Windows 10 PC is stuck at a blue screen. I cannot log into it until unlock the hard drive. Here is the exact error text: "Refresh your PC; the drive where Windows is installed is locked; unlock the drive and try again; cancel." What's the matter? I have no idea about the hard drive ever being locked! What's the best way to fix "the drive where Windows is installed is locked"? Would you please point me one way to unlock hard drive? Should I worry that refreshing computer will erase my data on the drive?
The error may occur due to any malware or third-party software conflicts that corrupted the system files, or maybe it's just an internal hardware failure like the SSD hard drive you have connected to the Windows computer. Actually, we can't tell the exact causes one by one, but learning how to fix "the drive where Windows is installed is locked" in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 will be of great help.
Following are the 4 widely used methods to unlock hard drive so that you can refresh your PC without hassles. The methods are applicable to major Windows operating system including Windows 10/8.1/8/7. Pick up one that works the best for you.
1. Boot the computer via the Windows installation media either a USB stick or a DVD, and go to "Next".
2. Access to "Repair your computer" > "Advanced startup options" > "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Command prompt".
3. On the command prompt window, you will need to write the line: "chkdsk /f C:" (C: is where your Windows installed).
4. Press "Enter" on the keyboard for the check to start.
5. After this operation is finished please reboot the Windows computer and check to see if you get the same error
1. Open the command prompt window as you did in the first method.
2. Write the following command in the command prompt window: “sfc /scannow”.
3. Press "Enter" on the keyboard.
4. Let the scan finish and fix any potential errors.
5. Reboot your Windows computer again and check if you have the same error message.
1. Go to the “Troubleshoot” feature in Windows as you did in the first method.
2. Access to "Advanced options" > "Automatic repair" > "Command prompt".
3. Write the command line: "bootrec /RebuildBcd", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.
4. Write the command line: "bootrec /fixMbr", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.
5. Write the command line: "bootrec /fixboot", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.
6. Write the command line: "Exit", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.
7. Reboot your Windows computer and see if still get the error message.
1. Restart your computer and boot from the USB drive or DVD installation media.
2. Click "Repair your computer".
3. Click "Troubleshoot" and then click "Refresh your PC".
4. Follow the wizard instruction to complete the process.
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