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

Updated on May 21, 2018 by Jean to Storage Media Recovery

Summary

Altogether, 4 methods are provided here to help fix 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 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 point me one way to unlock hard drive? Should I worry that refreshing computer will erase my data on the drive?"

the drive where windows is installed is locked

This error may occur due to any malware or third-party software conflicts that corrupted the system files, or maybe it's just an internal hardware failure like the SSD hard drive you have connected to the Windows computer. 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.

How to fix the drive where Windows is installed is locked error in Windows 10

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 chkdsk to unlock hard drive

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 to unlock hard drive

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 again and check if you have the same error message.

Method Three - Running bootrec to unlock hard drive

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 to unlock hard drive

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 hard drive

Refreshing Windows or unlocking the hard drive, are helpful methods are definitely helpful to keep you away from the drive where Windows is installed and has the locked error. But there's a lot of risks that you probably lost precious data on the hard drive. So we feel responsible for offering some extra help if data loss really happens. By chance Windows data, system files, personal files, and other information are erased by performing the command line, refreshing, system restoring, methods, try EaseUS data recovery software to perform a hard disk recovery and get your data back! Other issues such as recover deleted 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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