The Drive Where Windows is Installed is Locked | How to Fix – Step by Step Guide

The Drive Where Windows is Installed is Locked

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For Windows 10, 8, 8.1 users “The drive where Windows is installed is locked” is a very common but annoying error. Generally, this error happens when you reset your PC to restore it to a normal condition.If you receive this type of error message, it means you are locked out of your Windows operating system.Therefore solving this error is a bit tricky. However, there is nothing to worry about as there are few proven methods available to solve this problem. Moreover, you don’t have to be a computer genius or expert to apply these methods and solve the problem. Before we dig into the solutions let’s see why this problem occurs:

  • Malfunction of Windows Bitlocker boot agent
  • DamagedBoot Configuration Data(BCD) file
  • Malware or 3rd party software corrupting the System Files
  • Any internal hardware failure or malfunction
  • Windows system files are damaged

How to Fix “The Drive Where Windows is Installed is Locked” Error

Method 1: Rebuild MBR with MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD

  • First, open the MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro in another computer
  • Now click Bootable Media from the toolbar
  • Then click WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in
  • Now create a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD drive
  • Connect the MiniTool bootable hard drive to your PC with locked hard drive
  • Once the connection is complete boot from the MiniTool bootable hard drive
  • MiniTool Partition Wizard will launch and you will see themain interface of the app
  • Now select the system disk which is facing MBR damage
  • Then click Rebuild MBR from the left menu panel
  • Now click the Apply button to fix the error

Method 2: Repair the Computer with Windows Installation Disc

You can fix this error easily with the “Repair your computer” feature from the Windows installation disc. Follow these steps carefully:

  • In this process, you will require a Windows installation disc or repair disk
  • Now connect the installation disc to your computer
  • Then boot the computer from the installation disc
  • Now choose the language, time, currency, keyboard, an input method, and then click next to continue
  • Then choose “Repair your computer” from the available options
  • Now click on Troubleshoot and then Advanced Option
  • Then click on the Startup Repair to fix the problem

Method 3: Fix Boot-related Files with Bootrec.exe Tool

  • First, insert the Windows bootable drive on your computer
  • Now boot the computer from the bootable drive
  • Then select your language preferences, and click Next
  • Now, press Shift + F10 to open Command Prompt
  • Type bootrec.exe in command prompt and press Enter key to launch the tool
  • Once the tool opens, type the following commands, and each command should end with pressing on Enter key:
    • bootrec /FixMbr
    • bootrec /FixBoot
    • bootrec /RebuildBcd

It will take a few times to repair the PC and solve the problem. If you are still facing the error then move to the next method.

Method 4: Fix Disk Errors with CHKDSK.exe

  • First, insert the Windows bootable drive on your computer
  • Now boot the computer from the bootable drive
  • Then choose “Repair your computer” from the available options
  • Now click on Troubleshoot and then select Advanced Option
  • From the available option choose “Command Prompt”
  • Now type: Chkdsk C: /R or chkdsk C: /F and press enter
  • Finally, type exit and press Enter to leave the command prompt

Method 5: Use System File Checker to Repair Corrupted System Files

  • First, insert the Windows bootable drive on your computer
  • Now boot the computer from the bootable drive  
  • Then choose “Repair your computer” from the available options
  • Now click on Troubleshoot and then select Advanced Option
  • From the available option choose “Command Prompt”
  • Type sfc /scannow and then press the Enter button from the keyboard
  • It will take a few times to scan system file and repair the corrupted files
  • Finally, type exit and press Enter to leave the command prompt

Now try rebooting the computer or refreshing the computer to see whether the hard drive locked error has fixed or not. If you are still facing the problem then move to the next method.

Method 6: Restore Windows

  • First, insert the Windows bootable drive on your computer
  • Now boot the computer from the bootable drive
  • Then select your language preferences, and click Next
  • Then choose “Repair your computer” from the available options
  • Now click on Troubleshoot and then select Advanced Option
  • From the available option choose “System Restore”
  • When the system restore interface appears, click on Next
  • Now you will go through detailed operating prompts for System Restore
  • Follow the instructions and Restore your System

Final Thoughts

The above methods are tested by our experts and they are 100 percent working. Pick any of the above methods and apply it to solve the “The Drive Where Windows is Installed is Locked” error. If you are facing any trouble while applying the methods then leave your question/problem in the comment section. Our experts will provide the solution.

Thomas C. Bell

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