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Unlock Hard Drive | Fix Drive Where Windows Installed Is Locked in Windows 10

Updated on Sep 19, 2018 by Jean to Storage Media Recovery

Summary

Altogether 4 methods are provided here to help fix the Windows error "the drive where Windows 10/8/7 is installed is locked, unlock the hard drive and try again". Don't forget EaseUS data recovery software in the end, which is able to recover lost data after unlocking hard drive.

The drive where Windows is installed is locked Windows 10

"My Windows 10 PC is stuck at a blue screen of death. I cannot log into it until I 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 give me a way to unlock hard drive? Should I worry that refreshing computer will erase all my data?"

the drive where windows is installed is locked

This error may occur due to any malware or third-party software conflict that has corrupted the system files, or maybe it's just an internal hardware failure. Actually, we can't tell you 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 to all common cases.

Troubleshooting

Following are the 4 widely used methods to unlock hard drive so that you can refresh your PC and completely get rid of "the drive where Windows is installed is locked" problem. 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.

Method One - Running the CHKDSK utility

1. Boot the computer via the Windows installation media either a USB stick or a DVD, and go to "Next".

2. Click "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 C: /f /x /r" (C: is where your Windows is 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 

Method Two - Using the SFC command

1. Open the command prompt window as you did in the first method.

2. Type 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 and check if you have the same error message.

Method Three - Performing the bootrec command

1. Go to the "Troubleshoot" feature in Windows as you did in the first method.

2. Type "Advanced options" > "Automatic repair" > "Command prompt".

3. Type the command line: "bootrec /RebuildBcd", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.

4. Type the command line: "bootrec /fixMbr", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.

5. Type the command line: "bootrec /fixboot", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.

6. Type the command line: "Exit", and press "Enter" on the keyboard.

7. Reboot your Windows computer and see if you still get the error message.

Method Four - Refreshing the PC

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 instructions to complete the process.

Extra help: how to recover data after unlocking the hard drive

Refreshing Windows or unlocking the hard drive, are helpful methods to deter the 'drive where Windows is installed is locked' error. But there's a big risk that you lost some precious data on the hard drive in the process. So we feel responsible for offering some extra help if data loss really happens. If, by chance, Windows data, system files, personal files, and other information are erased by performing the command line, refreshing, system restoring, methods, use EaseUS data recovery software to perform a hard disk recovery and get your data back! Other issues such as recovering deleted in files Windows 8 can also be easily fixed. It's user-friendly, safe, and efficient; feel free to download it whenever you are in need.

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