Microsoft DOS lock and unlock command
About lock and unlock
Lock allows a user to lock a drive, enabling direct disk access for an application.
Unlock allows a user 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.
Lock and unlock syntax
|drive:||Specifies the drive that needs to be locked.|
|drive:||Specifies the drive that needs to be unlocked.|
Lock and unlock examples
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
Note: If an error is indicating that a process cannot continue because the hard drive is locked the unlock command cannot resolve these error messages.
- See our lock definition for further information and related links on this term.