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repairing laptop wont boot says drive locked


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#1 tlssio

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 08:44 PM

I have tried restoring but I get a message that the HDD is locked. booted from windows 8 disk tried using bootrec to repair but I screwed up and skipped the last step now it can not find an os.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 09:09 AM

Using the Install Disk, go to a command prompt and type:

bcdboot c:\Windows /s

Then Reboot.




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Posted 24 January 2015 - 12:10 PM

I tried that and I got a description of bcdboot commands. when I rebooted I got the same blank screen with a cursor I could control but no other response from the computer

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:27 PM

Go here. Go down the page to the Booting to Recovery Environment with Windows 8/8.1 installation media or Recovery Drive/System Repair Disc heading.  You want to select Repair Computer. Under the Advanced Options select Automatic Repair. It may take 3 times in order to fix all problems.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:49 PM

got the message auto repair unable to repair my computer



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:17 PM

What was the last step that you missed when using BCDedit?

 

What was the original problem you were attempting to remedy?


Have you tried turning it off and on again?


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 05:35 PM

Locked? That sounds similar to a problem I recently encountered where the HDD had to be replaced.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/557855/windows-81-asus-laptop-not-booting-correctly-problems-everywhere/?p=3551570



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:50 PM

I originally tried a post from the Microsoft community forum. it recommended Bootrec from a command prompt. the sequence was, 

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /rebuildcd.

I ran all the steps with success except after the last step it asks if you want to add the drive discovered and I missed that and just rebooted with out adding the drive.I then found another post that said to restore the bcd use bcdedit. the sequence was

bcdedit /export c:\BCD_backup

c:

cd boot

attrib bcd -s -h -r

ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

bootrec /rebuildbcd

I never got that to work when I got to the third step(cd boot) I got a message that it could not find the path. I did a dir command and the only boot directory I can find is in the windows directory. I think the string should have read cd \windows\boot. sorry for not including this info earlier but I am learning as I go. the original and current problem is that when you try to boot the machine it goes directly to auto repair and stops at a blank screen I have left it for over an hour and nothing changes.


Edited by tlssio, 24 January 2015 - 06:53 PM.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:58 PM

From the recovery environment command prompt, run 'diskpart' then 'list disk'. Usually there will only be one disk, so type 'select disk 0' then type 'list part'.

Let me know what you get at that point.


Have you tried turning it off and on again?


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:25 PM

as expected it only listed one disk, disk 0.it indicated disk 0 is online size 456GB. free 0GB GPT had an *
it discovered 6 partitions 3 recovery 1 system 1 reserved I wrote down the sizes and offsets if you need them.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:29 PM

Which partition is the largest?


Have you tried turning it off and on again?


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:36 PM

partition1 recovery 450MB
partition2 system 260MB
partition3 reserved 128MB
partition4 primary 455GB
partition5 recovery 350MB
partition6 recovery 9GB

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:53 PM

type 'select part 4', press enter, then type 'active' and press enter again.

type 'exit' then press enter, then type 'exit' and press enter again.

Reboot and run startup repair.


Have you tried turning it off and on again?


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:23 PM

no change if I try to start it goes into startup repair if I try to restore it says HDD is locked

Edited by tlssio, 24 January 2015 - 08:25 PM.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 09:22 PM

Try running the bcdedit /rebuildbcd again, let me know what you get.

 

What shows up if you check the contents of C:? Does it appear to be the 455GB partition with Windows, User, Program Files, etc directories?

 

Note: I think the correct syntax for that BCDBoot command should have been "bcdboot C:\windows /s C:"


Edited by zcomputerwiz, 24 January 2015 - 09:23 PM.

Have you tried turning it off and on again?





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