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'chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista' Fixes

Updated on Nov 13, 2018 by Abby Haines to Resource

Summary:
Get chkdsk 'cannot open the volume for direct access' error message while scanning external hard drive, micro SD card or USB drive? This page tells you how to fix the issue in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP with the best chkdsk alternative tool.

Overview of 'chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access' Error

Chkdsk command prompt is a hard drive repair tool that allows you to repair corrupted USB drive, external hard drive or Micro SD card. But sometimes, when you use it to schedule a disk check, you may get 'cannot open the volume for direct access' error message.

chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access

The issue can happen in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008 or any other Windows version and prevent you from fixing the corrupted SD card, USB or external hard drive. If you don't know how to fix it, here is a solution that might help! 

How to Troubleshoot 'chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access' 

Part 1. Disable Any 3rd Party Application or Service that May Lock the Partition

Sometimes, you are not able to run CHKDSK and cannot open volume for direct access because a 3rd party application such as a virus checker or disk monitor tool locking the partition. So, first try to disable any such tools or services that may trigger the error.

Part 2. Recover Data from the Corrupted External Hard Drive/SD Card/USB Drive

If the above method doesn't work, then back up or retrieve your data from the external hard drive, SD card or USB drive. If you can open the device, you can copy the data to your PC or any other storage devices. If not, you can try EaseUS free data recovery software to do the job. 

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost data on an external hard drive, USB or SD card, connect the device to your PC firstly.

Step 2. Run the data recovery software and scan lost data.

1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
2. Select the device where you lost data under "Hard Disk Drives", "External Devices" or "Specify a location".
3. Click "Scan" to start scanning the lost data now.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore data.

1. After the scanning, you can double-click each file to preview them from below tabs:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads found files here.
  • Lost partition: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Guess you recover: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Preview lost data.

After this, you can even use "Filter" or "Search" to quickly find all your lost data.

2. Finally, you can choose those lost data and specify a safe location on your PC to complete the data recovery process by clicking "Recover" now.

Restore lost data.

Part 3. Repair External Hard Drive, SD Card or USB Drive Using chkdsk Alternative Tool

After retrieving all your important files, you can try to fix chkdsk 'cannot open the volume for direct access' error and repair corrupted hard drive, SD card or USB drive using EaseUS free partition software. With powerful disk check and repair feature, it is the best alternative to chkdsk. It works well in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP.

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS free partition software, right-click the external hard drive, USB or SD card and click "Check partition".
Step 2. Choose the way that you want to use to check and repair disk errors or bad sectors: "Check Partition Properties", "Call Windows Chkdsk" or "Surface Test" and Click "OK" to continue.
Step 3. Let the software automatically check and repair disk error or corruption. And finally, click "OK" to finish the process.

Fix chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access error using an alternative software

And if the disk check and repair feature cannot help, you can directly use EaseUS free partition software to repair your corrupted hard drive, SD card or USB drive by formatting. 

Fix chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access error by formatting