How to Repair “Location Not Available” Error on Windows PC

When accessing a hard drive or external drive on a Windows pc, you may encounter the “Location Unavailable” problem, which means that the hard drive is unavailable. You can’t read or change a file or folder on it. But don’t panic! In this “How To” article, you’ll learn how to solve the “Location Unreachable, Access Denied” error in Windows 10.

What causes the “Location Unavailable” problem on Windows 10?

  • This problem can be caused by various factors, including corrupt registry, overloaded hard drive, failed program installation, misconfigured files, etc.
  • Another possible cause is the RAW file system, which is not recognized by Windows. Therefore, users cannot access it. And it usually happens when the records that define the file system type or its location on the hard disk, usually the partition table or the boot sector, are damaged or corrupted.

How do I fix the “Location Not Available” issue in Windows?

Use system restore

  1. In Windows search, type “Create a restore point” and press Enter.
  2. Click the System Protection tab.
  3. Select System Restore, then Next.
  4. Select the Show other restore points check box.
  5. Select a restore point, then click Next.

Run the disk check on the command line

  1. Open a command prompt as administrator.
  2. Enter the following command and then press Enter:
    chkdsk c: /f /r /x
  3. If you see an error message, type Y and press Enter.
  4. Reboot the device and be patient until the hard drive check completes.

Accessing Safe Mode when using the network

  1. Restart Windows until the login screen appears.
  2. While holding down the Shift key on your keyboard, press the power button.
  3. Press Restart while holding down the Shift key.
  4. After your PC restarts, select the following options: Advanced Options -> Startup Options and select Restart.
  5. In the boot options, select option 5 or press F5 to enter Safe Mode with Network Connection.

Resume responsibility for the problem folder

  1. Open the properties of the problem folder.
  2. Switch back to the Security tab.
  3. Click the Advanced button at the bottom of the window.
  4. In the Owner section, click Edit.
  5. Enter your user name and click Check Name.
  6. Select the username and click OK.
  7. Select the Replace all permission records for child objects with permission records that can be inherited from this object check box.
  8. Click Apply and click OK.

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