Partition Magic and Chkdsk: Cannot Lock Drive or Cannot Lock Volume for Direct Access

fuzzybabybunny

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I'm trying to run both chkdsk and create a new partition on my primary HDD.

When I do chkdsk with the fix command in windows, it says that I have to reboot. So I do, and after the Windows loading bar I get to the white text on blue background screen, and the error message "Cannot Lock Volume for Direct Access."

Judging from the MS knowledge base, this seems to be a problem that MS fixed in their SP2 update, but I have SP2...

When I try to create a partition on my primary, Partition Magic requires a reboot, so I do. After the windows loading bar I get to the white text on blue background screen and Partition Magic now gives me "Error 27: Cannot Lock Drive"

So I thought that some startup program was probably locking the drive. I go into msconfig and select diagnostic startup, so only necessary system services are started on startup. The same thing happens.

Anyone else have any other ideas?
 

Smilin

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boot to recovery console and run chkdsk from there.

If something is locking the drive before smss.exe can kick off chkdsk then you have loaded some really badly written software/driver on your box.


If MSConfig does not list it then it is likely a filesystem/mass storage driver or filter driver.

regardless of the cause, recovery console will be the fix. Be aware that you are already in "/f" mode when you run chkdsk in recovery console so that switch does nothing. Instead use the "/p" switch which will force chkdsk to do the scan. Otherwise chkdsk when run from recovery console will only do a true scan if the dirty bit is set on the drive.


Show me a tech that knows how to edit a disk by hand and I'll show you a tech that hates partition havok. That software is bad news.
 

fuzzybabybunny

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I found out the culprit, and it was the BitDefender AntiVirus software that was constantly locking the drive at startup. I guess I have to go back to Kaspersky or something.
 

flexy

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daemon-tools ????

oh..yeah..bitdefender locks it too. Had the same problem with PerfectDisk and it was the demontools driver.
 

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