Unable to run CHKDSK

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Article ID: 555484 - View products that this article applies to.
Author: Soumitra Sengupta MVP
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SUMMARY

Whenever one wants to run chkdsk on a partition he or she can not run that command.

SYMPTOMS

When one wants to run the Chkdsk command on a partition,he or she gets the following error messages:-
Cannot lock volume for direct access
Cannot open volume for direct access

CAUSE

Such locking of the drive partition may be due to third party virus checker or disk monitor tool.

RESOLUTION

1]Click Start, go to Run menu and type services.msc and click OK.
2]In the Services(Local) list scroll down to the respective service (i.e. virus checker or the disk monitor tool).
3]Right click on that particular service and select Properties.
4]Change the Startup type to  disabled for any 3rd-party applications which  might be causing the Chkdsk lock problem.
5]Click OK/Apply.
6]Reboot.
 

Properties

Article ID: 555484 - Last Review: October 18, 2005 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002
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