CHKDSK or Check Disk is a utility built into Windows operating systems that helps maintain the integrity of the disk connected to a computer. It can be started both via the graphical user interface and via the command line. Many scenarios may warrant the execution of this utility. The main factor is the readability of the disc. Some users have reported that they were receiving Can not open volume for direct access error for the utility when launching via the command line.
When we want to run the Chkdsk command on a partition, it gets the following error messages: –
C: WINDOWS system32> chkdsk / f g:
Can not open the volume for direct access.
C: WINDOWS system32> chkdsk / f f:
The type of file system is NTFS. The volume label is 0529357401.
CHKDSK Can not Open Volume for Direct Access
When you run the chkdsk command with the option / Fhe will find and fix the errors. If anything prevents it from repairing, you will receive this error message. These suggestions will help you solve the problem. But before you continue reading, restart your PC and try once to see if it helps you.
- Run CHKDSK at startup.
- Run the self-test of the primary hard disk.
- Use the free alternative software ChkDsk
- Check the health of the hard drive.
- Disable various restrictions on the hard drive.
- Uninstall / Disable the drive lock feature.
- Disable the application service.
- Use Repair-Volume for Windows Powershell.
Start by reading the entire message, then decide which of these suggestions may apply to you.
1) Run CHKDSK at startup
First, start your computer in safe mode.
Open the Command Prompt command line as the administrator and run the following command:
chkdsk /x /f /r
Restart your computer normally and it will run CHKDSK on startup.
2) Run the automatic test of the main hard disk
Start your computer in the BIOS.
Under the tab of The diagnoses, select the option that says Auto test the main hard drive. On different motherboards from different manufacturers, this could be different but would involve the same thing.
Allow the test to complete and start your computer normally.
This should fix all the errors because any blocking on the disk would already be solved in the BIOS.
3) Use free alternative software ChkDsk
You can use the free alternative software ChkDsk or Puran utilities and check if it helps you.
4) Check the health of the hard drive
Check the health status of the hard drive using the WMIC utility in the Windows command prompt and check to see if your hard drive has problems causing the Can not open volume for direct access Fault.
5) Disable various restrictions on the hard drive
If your hard drive is encrypted or the operations on which it is limited to perform operations, you can try to disable BitLocker encryption, which should solve your problems.
6) Uninstall / Disable Player Lockout Feature
In the software that is causing the problem, look for any features to track disk changes. I suggest that you disable this feature and then run the check disk command.
7) Disable the application service
The second way is to disable the service. This completely disables the software, all it does to protect your system.
- Type services.msc in the RUN prompt and press Enter.
- Scroll to find the service corresponding to the security software or the disk verification software.
- Right-click on this service and select Properties.
- Change the startup type disabled
- Click OK / Apply.
- To restart.
Make sure to enable the service when the disk check is complete.
7) Use Repair-Volume for Windows Powershell
Open Windows PowerShell as an administrator
Type the following command to execute Repair volume then press Enter.
repair-volume -drive letter
Let the process finish and check whether the scanning and repair problem is resolved or not.