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New computer locked out hard drive(s)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lightmuncher, May 14, 2016.

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  1. Lightmuncher

    Lightmuncher Thread Starter

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    Going through a frustrating time. I bought a new better faster system but I had a niggling problem since I had it. It wouldn't auto lock numbers on my key board. Phoned the company up and told me to update BIOS. Simple enough as the Gigabyte Motherboard had a software on the disk. Also I couldn't load Linux on. It was the first time I had come across a computer that didn’t accept .

    After trying for hours to load linux and not winning I gave up. This morning went to start windows up and nothing. Just told me the boot was missing. So put in the disk for windows 10 and tried to repair the boot. Told me the disk was locked and for me to reload the disk. After trying different ways and fixing more with command didn't work. I followed this site info http://www.thewindowsclub.com/the-drive-where-windows-is-installed-is-locked
    No good and then had a brain wave. I have three hard drives. One I had tried to put Linux on so I started to install Windows 10. I had the same message ref windows hard drive locked even though I had just loaded windows. Why would this hard drive be locked too? I had reformatted the drive. So at a loss as to where to go now. Remember I have been going good through all the repairs and command to fix MBR and reload windows. At a loss where to go now. I will have to contact the company Monday morning but if I can resolve this myself it will mean I will not be without a comp.
     
  2. Lightmuncher

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    Okay I guess no ideas on the table here.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    First of all, no one [other than you] has any idea what hardware you have installed. You need to post ALL of your exact system specs; ie exact mb, exact video card, exact pw supply, etc, etc, etc. Do not post "500W" pw supply; post the exact brand and model# Do that for all of your parts.
    BTW the reason you could not install linux is most likely secure boot.
    If by chance this was a ssd that you were attempting multiple installs, I would secure erase the drive. Note secure erase is NOT a format.

    Updating a bios should only be done IF you are sure the update contains a fix you need. Gigabyte boards are pretty safe IF the board has the dual bios. The only way I recommend updating a bios on a gigabyte board is by using QFlash which is part of the bios.
     
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  4. Lightmuncher

    Lightmuncher Thread Starter

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    Thanks I did eventually sort out. I couldn't give anything as I was locked out. But thanks for your directness.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    Glad you were able to get it working. Did you repair the boot files to get it working?
     
  6. Lightmuncher

    Lightmuncher Thread Starter

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    I had a brain wave to take the hard drive and replace it with another. So installed the windows on the empty hard drive. Now I am taking the stuff from the broken windows. But something was a wry and the new installation must have installed new drivers etc. I am though not able to pin point what and how really. Just that its working and I haven't lost anything is great. Thank you
     
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