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 Post subject: Windows 8 Hard Drive Locked can't get into bios
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:04 pm 
Klamath
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I want to access my BIOS to make sure my boot drive is correct but I am running a Windows 8 system and I can't seem to do it.

I installed Windows 8 on my computer on Tuesday. The past two days it was working fine. I noted the system said there were two updates that would be installed after a restart so I did that. The computer seemed to hang for 10 minutes so I hit the reset button. Now the system says it doesn't know where the boot drive is.

I tried re-installing W8 using my DVD drive and it says the hard drive is Locked.

I am thinking I need to access the BIOS to make sure I have the boot drive is correct. Unfortunately I can't access the BIOS.

I am running:

Intel 2500k
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
8G Ram
Western Digital 1000GB Black
Nvidia 460

Thank you for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8 Hard Drive Locked can't get into bios
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:39 pm 
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UPDATE:

I plugged a new keyboard in and I was able to get into the BIOS. The boot order is set up correctly and I still cant access the Hard Drive.

I have also reset the BIOS and still get the same error.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8 Hard Drive Locked can't get into bios
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8 Hard Drive Locked can't get into bios
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:28 pm 
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I plugged in a new keyboard and was able to access the BIOS screen and the boot order was correct.

I even used Command Prompt to try to get access to my disk but that didn't work.

I resorted to using the Command Prompt to reformat my drive and start over. The problem now is Windows won't let me activate because I am using the disc as a fresh install not an upgrade. I am going to try to get around that.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8 Hard Drive Locked can't get into bios
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:14 pm 
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kibbled wrote:
....I resorted to using the Command Prompt to reformat my drive and start over. The problem now is Windows won't let me activate because I am using the disc as a fresh install not an upgrade. I am going to try to get around that.


Yes, I heard the old faithful boot up and kill the install of an upgrade version at the product key and then reinstall no longer works.

Try this.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8 Hard Drive Locked can't get into bios
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:49 pm 
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I just re installed W7 made sure it activated and then I installed W8. PITA.


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