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Chkdsk unable to run because disk it locked

I have a 2000 server that crashed with a BSOD. I am trying to run a chkdsk but I keep getting an error saying unable to run bc disk is write protected and another instance of chkdsk has been started. How can I get it unlocked so that I can run the chkdsk /r?
Windows Server 2003

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Paul MacDonald

YOu can try putting the drive in another computer and running it there.

But there is no command that can unlock the write protection?
Paul MacDonald

Might be, but without knowing how or why, you risk doing more damage.  Even running chkdsk may cause an issue, but if you've run out of options it may be your last best choice.  

Have you tried booting to safe mode, last known good, etc?  I would go that route first.
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Krzysztof Pytko

Did you try with this syntax ?

chkdsk <driveLetter>: /x /r

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server/machine reboot might be required and then check disk will start

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