"cannot open volume for direct access" - error message re chkdsk

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Conley, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. Conley

    Conley Guest

    As noted in my longer post above, my problems were attributable to a program
    called Haute Secure. Do you have that on your computer?
    Conley, Aug 13, 2007
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    Luc Guest

    I have been running into the same problem but, unfortunately, in my case
    there must be another cause as Haute Secure is not installed on my PC. It has
    become a pretty annoying problem: besides getting the error message when
    booting up, it turns out that Diskeeper can no longer do a boot-time
    defragmentation because it doesn't have direct access, no doubt because of
    the same reason. To make matters worse, when trying to do a backup using
    Vista's backup module, I get a message there's a problem with my C-drive
    (brand-new, by the way, although that doesn't exclude a problem of course),
    kindly requesting to run chkdsk... that doesn't work.

    There are a few suggestions on the Microsoft sites to solve the problem but
    most apply to OSs prior to Vista. The only one that sounds most plausible for
    Vista is that a 3rd party virus checker or disk monitor tool are blocking
    access to the volume. Disabling an antivirus program doesn't sound like a
    healthy decision, though, except to test if this is the cause of the problem.
    But then, I have been using Norton AV (Corporate Edition 10.2) before, on
    Vista, without running into this problem. Possibly, just possibly, it could
    be that after installing and un-installing ZoneAlarm firewall (free version,
    v7.1, Vista-ready) and a trial version of Norton Internet Security as
    possible alternatives to Vista's built-in firewall, there are still some
    leftovers in the registry (although I searched through the registry and
    deleted the one ZoneAlarm leftover that I could find).

    Prior to doing a clean install and hope for the best, I was wondering if
    anyone has had similar problems after having installed ZoneAlarm or Norton IS?
    Luc, Aug 22, 2007
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    uvbogden Guest

    I would try a system restore first. If you can't go back far enough to
    fix the problem, try running System File Check. If sfc detects corrupt
    system files and cannot repair them, at least it will identify the
    corrupt files in CBS.log. You can then access good system files from
    your Vista Install DVD (see tutorial on this website) to copy to your OS
    to replace the corrupt files. I have had Vista Updates corrupt my
    autochk.exe system file and my McAfee Security Center.
    uvbogden, Aug 25, 2007
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    Luc Guest

    Thanks, uvbogden, for your feedback. The System File Check did find some
    errors, that we successfully repaired and got rid of the error message in the
    Backup and Restore Center. It did not, however, resolve the problem with
    chkdsk itself, or the fact that Diskeeper 2007 can no longer do a boot-time

    I guess I have no other alternative but to do a clean re-install of Vista
    and hope for the best. Should I learn anything during that process or find
    out at what precise point in time the problem starts to occur, I'll post it
    Luc, Aug 27, 2007
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    suej196 Guest

    I had this same problem with my Maxtor One Touch external drive, and
    tried everything mentioned here. Eventually, I just unplugged the
    drive, and plugged it back in (while computer still up), and windows
    re-adjusted itself to recognize the drive correctly. I have no idea,
    either, what is causing the problem. This isn't the first time I've had
    to do this.
    suej196, Aug 8, 2009
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