7 situations of location is not available in Windows 10/8/7

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery on September 11th, 2018

Summary: This post will discuss 7 common situations of "Location is not available" in Windows 10/8/7 and offer you different solutions. Since the questioned device is not accessible, if you didn't back up before, you can try iBoysoft Data Recovery to recover data from corrupted/RAW/inaccessible drive quickly and easily.

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Case 1: Location is not available - access is denied
Case 2: Location is not available - the volume does not contain a recognized file system
Case 3: Location is not available - the parameter is incorrect
Case 4: Location is not available - the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable
Case 5: Location is not available - CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check)
Case 6: Location is not available - desktop blank and apps deleted
Case 7: Location is not available - the specified network name is no longer available

Have you ever encountered "location is not available" errors in Windows 10/8/7? Well, you are not the only one. These errors are quite many and they occur to every Windows users. These errors mean the questioned drive gets corrupted or becomes RAW, so the operating system can't find specific locations of all files.

In general, there are various reasons for "location is not available" errors, including virus attack, power failure, mistaken operation and so on. No matter what lead to these errors, these errors prevent you from accessing files stored on the questioned drive. If you care about files on the drive, the first thing is to back up data from corrupted/RAW drive. In this case, professional data recovery software is really needed.

First of all: Back up data with professional data recovery software

iBoysoft Data Recovery is a best free data recovery tool to recover data from corrupted drive, recover data from RAW drive, recover data from inaccessible drive, recover data from formatted drive, recover data from deleted/lost partition in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003. Moreover, it supports to recover critical documents, photos, videos, music, etc. deleted/lost from NTFS, exFAT and FAT hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, pen drive, etc.

Tutorial to recover data from corrupted drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Free download & install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, choose the corrupted drive and click "Next". The program will start to scan for lost files on the corrupted hard drive.

Recover data from corrupted hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 3: After the scanning process finishes, you can preview the scanning results and select the files you want to recover.

Step 4: Click the "Recover" button to recover data from corrupted drive.

Step 5: Have a check to ensure all lost data have been recovered.

Case 1: Location is not available - access is denied

When tying to open a drive, you may receive the error message: "Location is not available. Drive is not accessible. Access is denied."

Drive is not accessible. Access is denied

Solution: You can refer to the article mentioned above to get more details.

Case 2: Location is not available - the volume does not contain a recognized file system

When you access an external device, such as external hard drive, USB, SD card, memory card, etc., you will get the warning: "Drive is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted." Usually, the error is caused by the damaged partition table or boot sector.

The volume does not contain a recognized file system

Solution: Please tick to see the solution to "the volume does not contain a recognized file system" error.

Case 3: Location is not available - the parameter is incorrect

Last week, I tried to access my precious photos stored on my external hard drive, but I failed and got a warning message that saying "M:\ is not accessible, the parameter is incorrect".

the parameter is incorrect

Solution 1: Run chkdsk to repair file system errors

Step 1: Go to the start menu, type in cmd in a search bar.

Step 2: Right click cmd. exe and choose Run as administrator.

Step 3: Type in chkdsk *: /f /r /x, replace * with the drive letter you wish to repair. For example, you want to repair G drive, you need to type in chkdsk G: /f /r /x.

Solution 2: Reformat the corrupted drive

Warning: Reformatting will erase all data on the drive, please back up or recover data from corrupted drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery at first.

Case 4: Location is not available - the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

When you connect your external drive on PC, this error message will pop out: "Drive is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable." If the MFT (Master File Table) or FAT (File Allocation Table) of the drive gets damaged due to certain reasons, this error will appear.

the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

Solution: Please go back to Case 3 and follow the steps to repair the corrupted drive with chkdsk /f/r command or directly format the dive for reuse.

Case 5: Location is not available - CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check)

Sometimes, when you open a drive, Windows may suggest you to format it. If you click cancel, you may get the error message "Drive is Not Accessible. Data Error (Cyclic Redundancy Check)". This error results from unsuccessful program installation, registry corruption, a cluttered hard disk, or misconfigured files.

CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check)

Solution: Refer to the solution of how to fix data error cyclic redundancy check?

Case 6: Location is not available - desktop blank and apps deleted

After I log in this morning in my account, the computerct act like it was for the first time started and after that I discover that all the apps and my desktop was deleted. When I try to pop up my desktop i got erorr. "C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable." Please help me.

desktop blank and apps deleted

Solution: Copy the Desktop folder path under Users to the target location

Step 1. Launch File Explorer in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7, directly go to C drive, click into Users folder and then your username. Find the Desktop folder there.

Step 2. Copy the Desktop folder using Ctrl+C or whatever method you get used to. Go and navigate to C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile, under systemprofile paste the Desktop folder there.

Step 3. Restart your system and check if your problem is fixed.

Case 7: Location is not available - the specified network name is no longer available

The specified network name is no longer available error happens when you try to access a shared folder. It is because the Server Message Block (SMB) session is deleted on the server-side.

Solution: Please see how to solve location is not available error when you access a mapped network drive.

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