Fix LOCATION IS NOT AVAILABLE error in Windows 10/8/7

Jean Updated on Jul 12, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


A free method provided on this page to help you fix LOCATION IS NOT AVAILABLE error in Windows 10/8/7. If it cannot help, please try to access the questioned device by formatting. Here EaseUS data recovery software is helpful to recover your data before the operation.

Fix 1. Restore to default through Properties
Fix 2. Recover data and format the disk in question

"Location is not available" Error Messages on Windows PC

"Location is not available. X:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."

"Location is not available.  X:\ is not accessible. Access is denied."

Drive is not accessible access is denied error

Do you happen to encounter a hard drive problem similar to the above cases? It means that the hard drive file system gets damaged or corrupted and becomes RAW. Later check its properties, you'll find that the hard drive shows 0 bytes available. But don't worry!

Note: Don't rush to format the hard drive if very important data files are waiting for recovery.

Restore to default through Properties in Windows 10/8/7

1. Go to the drive where the Windows is installed, for most users, it's  C:\Users (or ).

2. Open the folder name with your username.

3. Right-Click on the Desktop and select Properties.

Fix 'location is not available' error.

4. Under the Location tab, click the Restore Default button.

Restore default to fix location not available issue.

5. Restart PC.

Recover data and format the disk

If the above method can not help you get rid of "location is not available" error, please do not get panic!

Try to perform a data recovery. And then format the disk by right-clicking the questioned drive -> Format -> Wait and click OK. 

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is chosen as the best hard drive data recovery software to restore data from RAW hard drive, external USB drive, SD card and other storage drives caused by "location is not available" error in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. It's an essential tool for everyone who meets unexpected data loss and demands an instant data recovery with ease.

First, recover data from "location is not unavailable" error

Keep Noted: Please don't format or reset the hard drive once it becomes inaccessible. To restore important data from inaccessible hard drive should be your first mission. Here below is a detail hard drive data recovery guide for you to follow, try and get your lost data back.

Step 1. Run Software and select a location

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer.
  • Select the hard drive which becomes inaccessible on your PC.
  • Click Scan to let this program scan and find your hard drive data.
Run hard drive recovery software.

Step 2. Scan to Find Lost Data

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will full scan and find all your data on the inaccessible hard drive.

And, after the scanning, you can preview and check found files on the scanning result window now:

  • Deleted Files: browse to see all deleted files here.
  • Drive (with your drive name): all lost files are listed here.
  • Lost Partition Files: if you once deleted your hard drive partition or formatted it, check and find data here.
  • Extra Files: a quick access to your inaccessible data and raw files.
Scan to find all lost data.

Step 3. Restore Hard Drive Data

  • Finally, select the items you want to get back and click "Recover".
  • Choose a secure location (second hard drive partition on your PC or another external storage device).
  • And then click "OK" to start recovering all lost data from your inaccessible hard drive now.
Restore all lost data.

Second, format not accessible drive with 'location is not available' error

  1. 1. Open Windows File Explorer or This PC, locate and right-click on the hard drive which has 'Location is not available' error.
  2. 2. Select Format and set the file system of the inaccessible drive to NTFS.
  3. 3. Click Start and click OK when the formatting process completes.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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