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

Updated on Aug 20, 2018 by Abby Haines to Resource

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." 

Symptom

Chkdsk is a built-in Check Disk utility for Windows PC to help 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'.

windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected

Solution

If you happened to be caught in such a situation where you are unable to run CHKDSK because 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 applicable to the same error prompt on SD card, USB drive or other external memory devices. 

To fix unable to run CHKDSK due to the hard drive write protection:

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 unmount the disk, SD card or USB drive and remove 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 the CHKDSK on the hard drive if bad sectors are found on the hard drive, CHKDSK  will try to repair that sector. If any data is available on that sector, it might be lost. So, when you are 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:

First, choose a location to scan
Second, quickly display the deleted data
Third, preview data and then recover

Let's learn the detailed steps:

Step 1. Choose a location

Just make it clear where the data was deleted. Choose this drive and click the Scan button.

select a location

Step 2. Check the quick scan result

It takes several minutes for the software to find deleted contents, and it will put the result in "Deleted files". You can recover the deleted data as soon as it appears in the result.

select data and click recover

Step 3. Preview data and recover

A double-click on a file allows you to preview. Select the wanted data and click "Recover".

scan deleted data