"When I worked as usual, suddenly the system turns to blue screen that shows locked hard drive error, I have no idea what to do now, is there an easy fix to unlock the hard drive and access its data?"

Have you ever encountered the same issue that the hard drive got locked and you were unable to access or save more files? Well, you鈥檙e not alone; we come across Windows users every day trying to find ways to unlock hard drive and retrieve their data. Therefore, we鈥檝e put together a detailed guide on recovering files from a locked hard drive. Keep reading to know more.

1. How to Unlock Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

To enhance hard drive security, password or encryption is enabled to lock the hard drive, but sometimes we may fail to remove lock from the hard drive normally, which can be unnerving. In this section, we鈥檒l cover 4 methods by which you can solve the hard drive locked error in Windows 10/8/7. Let鈥檚 look at them one by one and you can use the method that best suits your requirement.

1 Run CHKDSK and SFC command

  • Right-click the 鈥淪tart鈥 button and open 鈥淐ommand Prompt.鈥
  • An MS-DOS screen will appear, type the command (without the quotes) 鈥渃hkdsk D:/f/x/r鈥 and hit the the 鈥淓nter鈥 button.
  • Allow the process to complete.
  • Type the command 鈥渟fc/scannow鈥 and hit 鈥淓nter鈥 once again.

This method is aimed at eliminating bad sectors and corrupted files from your hard drive that may lead to the unlocking of the hard drive and allow you to access your saved data.

2 Access Locked Hard Drive without Password

If you have protected the hard drive with password but forgot it, then try to unlock a password protected hard drive with this method.

  • Right-click the locked hard drive and select 鈥淧roperties.鈥
  • Then click 鈥淪ecurity鈥 followed by 鈥淓dit.鈥
  • In the third step, you鈥檒l see the 鈥淕roup, User Names鈥 box. In this box, you鈥檒l see different names such as 鈥淵our Name,鈥 鈥淎dministrator,鈥 etc.
  • Pick the first name, and you鈥檒l see a box with different options such as 鈥淔ull Control, Modify, Read & Execute, etc.鈥
  • Uncheck all the 鈥淒eny鈥 boxes in front of each of these options and repeat the process for other usernames.
  • Then click 鈥淎pply鈥 and 鈥淥K.鈥

Once you鈥檝e completed the steps, you will be able to access all the files on the hard drive without any passwords and use them all over again.

3 Refresh your PC

If you are still unable to unlock hard drive with the above two methods, then it's time to refresh your computer and troubleshoot the hidden problems.

  • Restart your computer from a DVD installation media or USB drive.
  • Choose Repair your computer>Troubleshoot>Refresh your PC.
  • Follow every step in the wizard instruction manual to finish the process.
  • Wait and allow the system to restart.

After the restart process, you鈥檒l be able to access the locked hard drive without any issues.

2. Recover Files from the Hard Drive after Unlock

If you鈥檙e spending sleepless nights trying to find ways to recover critical data stuck in a locked hard drive, but didn't yield the expected result, we have some good news. You can now recover and access the contents from locked hard drive easily with a third-party professional software - iMyFone AnyRecover.

AnyRecover powered by iMyFone is an intelligent data recovery solution that allows you to recover data lost due to deletion, formatted hard drive, system crash or other reasons. It drills deep into corners of your system to perform locked hard drive recovery. What's better, this software is 100% secure and simple to use, you don鈥檛 need to be a data recovery specialist.

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  • Recover lost files from hard drive safely without touching any other data.
  • AnyRecover supports data recovery from a variety of storage devices, such as hard drive, USB drive, SD card, etc.
  • It is able to recover more than 1000 file types, including PDF files, word documents, videos, images, audio, and more.
  • Enjoy free scan and preview before recovering your data, only recover what you want and save time.
  • Fully compatible with Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP, both 32 bit and 64 bit are supported.

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Recover files from Hard Drive Easily after Unlock

Step 1 - Choose the hard drive: Start the process by choosing the hard drive where you have lost files, press the 鈥淣ext鈥 button once confirmed.

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Step 2 - Begin the scanning process: At this point, AnyRecover is scanning the hard drive for lost files. All files wil be listed on the left pane in its original file name.

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Step 3 - Preview and recover your files: You can also preview your files before recovering them. Once you鈥檝e found your files, hit the 鈥淩ecover鈥 button to restore them.

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Final Words

Now you have got the methods to unlock hard drive, however, regular maintenance is required to prevent a locked hard drive again. If such problem happens, though, you can still perform hard drive recovery with iMyFone AnyRecover after unlocking the hard drive in simple steps.