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DISKCOPY Displays Confusing Message: Cannot Lock the Drive..

Article ID: 101709

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q101709


Because Windows NT is a multi-tasking operating system, the DISKCOPY command locks the destination floppy drive while copying files. If the destination disk is the same as the source disk or if their serial numbers match (a very rare coincidence) then it will not complete the disk copy operation. The following error message is displayed:

"Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use."

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: KB101709