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Issue How to lock / unlock the hard disk drive.

A hard disk drive may be come locked or unlocked allowing or not allowing for software to have direct disk access. You may encounter an error indicating to unlock the hard disk drive in any of the below circumstances.

  1. Attempting to install another operating system.
  2. Attempting to fdisk the hard drive.
  3. Installing software.

To unlock the hard disk drive

unlock x:

The x represents the letter of the hard disk drive that you wish to unlock. For example, if you needed to unlock the C: drive, type c in the place of x.

Additional information about the lock and unlock command can be found on our Lock / Unlock page.

To lock the hard disk drive

lock x:

The x represents the letter of the hard disk drive that you wish to lock. For example, if you needed to lock the C: drive, type c in the place of x.

Additional information about the lock and unlock command can be found on our Lock / Unlock page.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011


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