Nowadays when using a computer, it is possible that your PC is unbootable due to some system issues. If you use Windows 8/8.1, or Windows 10, when there is something wrong with the computer, you may try to choose to refresh the PC to fix OS issue. In most cases, this operation can be done successfully. However, sometimes, you will fail to do this work, and receive the following error message “The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try gain”.
You get very confused and don’t know how to fix this error. Once you encounter such a problem, the important thing should be to take action to fix it. In this article, I will offer you some detailed information about such an issue.
Before taking measures to unlock the drive, you had better learn the possible causes of the drive where Windows is installed is locked error. In general, Windows prompts you the drive is locked due to four reasons, such as damaged Master Boot Record, corrupted Windows system files, damaged boot configuration data and faulty disk. Now let’s read on the main solutions.
First of all, once disk is locked error happens, you should repair damaged MBR to fix the error. How to do the work? Here MiniTool Partition Wizard enables you to repair MBR. This tool is popular with many users, and it can be used to manage your disk and partition well. Here the Bootable CD is available when there is something wrong with operating system. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD, build free bootable Partition Manager with the .iso file, connect it to your PC and boot from the disk.
Step 1:Select the system disk, and click “Rebuild MBR” feature.
Step 2: Click “Apply” to make MBR repair performed.
Connect Windows 8/10 installation disc to your PC, and then boot from the disc, click “Repair Your Computer”. Choose Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Automatic Repair or Startup Repair.
If there are some disk errors, you may fail to refresh your PC. In this case, please use CHKDSK to fix the errors. In WinRE, launch Command Prompt, type “chkdsk C: /R” or “chkdsk C: /F” to find and fix errors.
In addition, you also can use System File Checker to repair missing or corrupted system files. Just try to type “Sfc /scannow” command to perform the operation.
In this post, I introduce your four ways to unlock the hard drive. If you want to learn more detailed information, please click this post Fix “The Drive Where Windows Is Installed Is Locked” Error in Few Steps for help.