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Windows 7: my HDD "LOCKED"

05 Jan 2011   #1

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1

This event is strange and may not even be related to Windows 7.
Last week I installed Windows 7 onto a new 60GB SSD, (fresh install) this is how my rig looked when finished

Disc (0) C: SSD Windows 7 (primary)
Disc (1) D: HDD storage (logical)
Disc (2) E: HDD storage (logical)
Disc (3) F: HDD storage (logical)

Everything was running OK on all 4 drives for a week, then yesterday after booting up, I noticed my (F): Drive had disappeard from Windows 7. It didn't show up under Computer, and it didn't show up in Windows 7 Disc Management. I checked the cables and booted into to BIOS and the disc WAS seen in the BIOS. Now I was stuck, I couldn't run any recovery programs because the disc wasn't showing up in Windows 7, I messed around for hours and came to the conclusion that the drive was just dead ... but I was WRONG!

When I installed Windows 7 earlier in the week, I also installed these chipset drivers, Intel Rapid Store Technology and they placed a small icon in my system tray, when I opened it it showed my missing (F) Drive was not dead, it was LOCKED and needed a PASSWORD ... WTF I didn't lock it or password protected it.


The next thing I tried was to restore Windows 7 from a backup image I had made, the restore went OK but the drive was still locked asking for a password. In desperation I booted from a Linux live CD and erased all data on the drive by writing zeros to it, and that fixed it, the disc was now showing in Windows 7 and was unlocked, I created a new partition on it, formatted it and everything is now back to normal, apart from losing all data on the drive.

I have no idea how this happend


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