Fix "Cannot open Volume for Direct Access" Error

The issue can occur on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008 or any other Windows version. This error message occurs when the chkdsk utility is arranged on a damaged disk. The exact error message might be similar to the following: “Cannot open volume for direct access”. The type of file system is NTFS. IFSUTIL: Can’t open the drive. Status returned = c0000043. Windows has finished checking the disk or Cannot open volume for direct access. chkdsk is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Why cannot open volume for direct access?

1. The disk being checked or fixed by chkdsk command is corrupted or damaged.

2. The storage device is dirty and has to be replaced by a new one.

3. Some third-party software such as antivirus application or disk monitor tool has the disk locked so that it can scan the disk or monitor changes

4. Windows do not install the latest service pack.

How to fix the “Cannot Open Volume For Direct Access” issue?

Solution 1: Disable third-party service that might lock the device

This may be caused by a 3rd party application locking the partition such as a virus checker or disk monitor tool. At this time, you can disable the service or uninstall the software as follows.

Solution 2: Recover data when chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access?

Since some repair operations do harm to data stored on storage devices, you should backup or recover data from the disk which shows “cannot open volume for direct access”. If you can open the disk and access files in it, you can just copy data to another disk; if the disk is no longer accessible, you can try Bitwar Data Recovery software to help you retrieve files.

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