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  • For the live of me, I cannot find an appropriate forum.

    Moderator: please move this question to an appropriate forum.

    I have a PC running Vista ( Win7 has same issue )

    I have A USB to IDE converter.

    I place a Solid State Disk on the IDE converter.

    I have a utility that writes to the SSD boot block.  It is a DOS 6.2 application that runs in a command window.

    I swear this worked last week, so there must have been some auto-update that changed things.

    Now when I run the app to write to the SSD boot block I get

    "Unable to lock for exclusive access.  Another application may be using the drive."

    Well, no there is no other application using the drive.

    Even when I choose "ignore" the application claims success at writing to the SSD boot block, but it did not.

    This worked last week.

    Now what?

    How do I "LOCK" a device for exclusive use?  LOCK is a DOS command available in DOS, Win95, Win98, WinME  but not in WinVista, Win7.


    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10:39 PM


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  • Hi Boyd1,

    I’m afraid that it is not the correct forum for this issue, since this forum is to discuss:

    Visual Studio WPF/SL Designer, Visual Studio Guidance Automation Toolkit, Developer Documentation and Help System, and Visual Studio Editor.

    I am moving your question to the moderator forum ("Where is the forum for..?"). The owner of the forum will direct you to a right forum. Thanks for your understanding,

    Best Regards

    Jack Zhai [MSFT]
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    Friday, March 8, 2013 6:40 AM
  • Hello Boyd1.

    I suggest you to ask your question in the Microsoft Community Forum for Windows at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows.


    Luigi Bruno

    Friday, March 8, 2013 8:30 AM
  • I the feed above, "

    I have a utility that writes to the SSD boot block.  It is a DOS 6.2 application that runs in a command window."

    What utility do you utilize to write to the SSD boot block.  I have a similar setup on Windows 7 but am unable to make the DOM bootable.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:58 PM