Microsoft DOS lock and unlock command
Lock allows a user to lock a drive, enabling direct disk access for an application.
Unlock allows a users to unlock a drive, disabling direct disk access for an application
The lock command is an internal command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.
|drive:||Specifies the drive that needs to be locked.|
|drive:||Specifies the drive that needs to be unlocked.|
Lock the C: drive
When typing the above command you will receive the below prompt.
WARNING: The LOCK command enables direct access by programs that can CORRUPT file names and DESTROY disk data, resulting in the loss of files on your disk.
Are you sure (Y/N)?
Unlock the C: drive
It is important to know that if errors occur indicating that a process, such as fdisk or a setup of a new program or operating system, cannot continue because the hard drive is locked, that using the unlock command will resolve this issue.