6 Solutions - The Drive Where Windows Is Installed Is Locked


"The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
Why our hard drive is locked? Do you know how to unlock a hard drive?
Method One: Rebuild MBR with MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD
MiniTool Partition Wizard, a professional partition magic developed by a famous software development company based in Canada, is recommended here. Since Windows cannot boot because of hard drive locked error, we can click the "Bootable Media" feature to download MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Media Builder.

Method Two: Repair Your Computer with Windows Installation Disc
Step 1. You have to prepare an installation disc or repair disk, either USB or CD/DVD.

Tip: you'd better use the installation disc which is for the same edition of Windows you are trying to repair.

Step 2. Connect the installation disc to your computer and boot from it to get the window below (here we take Windows 8 installation disc for example):

Step 3. Choose a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard, or an input method, and then click Next to continue.

Step 4. Choose Repair your computer rather than Install now.
Step 5. Click on Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Automatic Repair (Windows 8) or Startup Repair (Windows 8.1) → choose Windows 8 to repair. Then, Windows will look for and fix problems.

Method Three: Fix Boot-related Files with Bootrec.exe Tool
Step 1. Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it.
Step 2. Select your language preferences, and click Next.
Step 3. After selecting language, press Shift + F10 to open command prompt.
Step 4. Type bootrec.exe in command prompt and press Enter key to launch the tool.
Step 5. Type the following commands, and each command should end with pressing on Enter key:
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBcd

Method Four: Fix Disk Errors with CHKDSK.exe
Step 1. Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it. Step 2. Click Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.
Step 3. Type the following command and press Enter.
Chkdsk C: /R or chkdsk C: /F
Step 4. Type exit and press Enter to leave command prompt. After that, you should be able to refresh your computer or start Windows.

Method Five: Use System File Checker to Repair Missing or Corrupted System Files
Step 1. Open Command Prompt. (Please see Method Three: Fix Boot-related Files with Bootrec.exe Tool know how to open it.)
Step 2. Type Sfc /scannow and then press Enter key to perform the operation.

Method Six: Restore Windows
Step 1. Boot computer via the installation disc.
Step 2. Select your language preferences, and click Next.
Step 3. Click Repair your computer.
Step 4. Click on Advanced options.
Step 5. Click on System Restore.

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