FIX: CHKDSK Cannot open volume for direct access.

The error "Cannot open volume for direct access" in "chkdsk" command, usually means that the drive that you want to check for errors, is damaged and cannot be accessed. At such case, the only option, is to try to to recover your files from the damaged drive, by following the instructions below.

Fix CHKDSK Cannot open volume for direct access

How to FIX CHKDSK Error: Cannot open volume for direct access.

Method 1. Run CHKDSK command in Safe Mode.

Step 1. Start Windows in Safe Mode.

1. Press the Windows image_thumb8_thumb + R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type msconfig and press Enter to open the 'System Configuration' utility.



3. At Boot tab select the Safe Boot option, then click OK and restart your computer.

safe boot windows

4. In safe mode, try to view the content's on problematic drive. If you can't continue to next step. *

* Note: If you can view the drive's contents in safe mode, then probably a running third-party program (e.g. your Antivirus) prevents the access on it.


Step 2. Run CHKDSK in Safe Mode.

1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator. To do that:

1. Press the Windows image + R keys to open the 'Run' command box
2. Type CMD and then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER.



2. At command prompt give the following command to repair your disk and press Enter. *

  • chkdsk X: /F /R

* Note: In this example the driver letter of the damage drive is the "X". Replace the driver letter according to your case.

3. Wait until the Check Disk process fixes the errors on the drive.
4. When the process in completed, close the command prompt window.
5. Run the 'System Configuration' tool again and at the General tab, check the Normal startup and click OK to exit from Safe Mode.

normal startup windows

6. Restart your computer.


Method 2. Recover your files with PhotoRec.

Step 1. Download Photorec.

1. Navigate to: page.

2. Click at Download TestDisk button.

3. Extract the "" file.


Step 2. Recover the corrupted files with PhotoRec.

1. Explore "testdisk-7.0" folder and open the qphotorec_win application.



2. Select the damaged drive from the list.


3. Then choose the whole disk or the partition to retrieve files. *

* Note: If you want to don't miss anything, select "No partition". The PhotoRec will scan the entire drive. (The scan takes more time)



4. Select: Whole: Extract files from whole partition, if you want to recover corrupted data *

* Note: If you want to recover deleted files, then select: "Free: Scan for file from unallocated space only".



5. Then choose a destination on your disk* to save the recovered files.

* Note: Never save the recovered files, on the corrupted disk.


6. (Optional) Click the File Formats button and choose which type of files you want to recover. (e.g."jpg – JPG Picture").


7. Finally press the Search button.


8. When the scan and recovery process is completed, navigate to the folder you selected (before) to view the recovered files.

9. Don't forget to format the corrupted disk (or memory card) before using it again.

That's all! Did it work for you?

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