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

Updated on Jun 26, 2018 by Jean to Data Recovery


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.

Received "Location is not available" Error Messages on Windows PC

Drive is not accessible access is denied error

"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."

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 to fix "Location is not available" error 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 disk to fix "Location is not available" error in Windows

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

  1. First, try to perform a data recovery.
  2. 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. 3 steps to extract data from "location is not unavailable" error

Step 1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software, select the drive which shows "location is not unavailable" error and click "Scan".

Fix location is not available - select to scan the specific disk

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

Fix location is not available - run quick scan and deep scan

Step 3. After the scan, you can preview certain types of files and choose those you want. Finally, click "Recover" button to retrieve them back. Here, you'd better save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Fix location is not available - selectively retrieve 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.