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Flash Drive Infection/Removable drive disabled: Access denied

Question: Flash Drive Infection/Removable drive disabled: Access denied


I have an issue, I have not have before. I am running XP pro SP3 with all updates installed. I use AVG free for everyday protection, with a router configured as a firewall, as well as the standard Win firewall. I also use Windows Defender, Windows malicious software removal too, I was using LiveOne Care, but it no longer exists. I also use Malwarebytes free version regularly and RUBotted.

So here is the issue. I was at a work conference and took my flash drive to transfer my presentation to the laptop that is used for the projector in auditorium. Got it back, threw it in my purse and never thought anything more about it. Today I started to transfer another presentation to the flash drive and wala, AVG pops up with "threat detected, move files to virus vault?" The message initially said: Recycler.exe. So of course I click yes to transfer to virus vault. It appears the file is in my virus vault. I then ran AVG on the flash drive and it came up with another virus CNN and sent it to the virus vault as well. I then ran malwarebytes, AVG, Windows Defender, as well as BitDefender online. I tried to use Kapersky as well, but it appears it is being updated and not available. All came up clean.

So, I am thinking the problem is taken care of. So I set up AVG to run on the flashdrive again on and it says "no infection found". But when I try to access the flash drive as usual, it said K:access denied (that is my USB drive). HMMMM now what? So I check the drives from My Computer and the K drive has a file folder picture, instead of the drive picture. When I right click to explore, it says K:access denied. So I went to Windows Explorer to see what files were on the flash drive and it shows my usual files. In checking this I looked at the hidden files and found these entries in gray: Trojan horse Agent2.TRI K: \Recycler\helper.exe and Trojan horse Dropper.Generic.AXHE K:\CNN\A\Lic.exe and autorun inf. So I guess the flashdrive is still infected, but what is up with the K removable drive issue?

My computer seems to run okay, not slow, doesn't redirect to any sites when on the internet either with Firefox or IE 8. I can access the other drives okay. My programs seem to run okay. Task manager works and my CPU is not showing unusually high demands. So what is with the flash drive folder and do you think I am infected or just the flash drive is infected?

Thanks for your consideration and help,

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Preferred Solution: Flash Drive Infection/Removable drive disabled: Access denied

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Hey, i'm new here, and I need some help. I hope I can get it!Recently, I had to insert a friend's Flash Drive (FD) into my computer as I needed to transfer files. However, as I put it in, Kaspersky detected a virus and something got deleted (i'm not sure what, but I think it was deleted). So whenever I put in an FD into the computer now, under 'My Computer' I can still access the folder via right clicking and 'autoplay' but I can't access it by double clicking, and instead by double clicking, an 'Open With' dialogue box pops up...I have got some reports, and they are shown below:Main.txtLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:04:39, on 12/04/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exec:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXEC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exeC:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0\avp.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05&#... Read more

Answer:Hijackthis Log - Can't Access My Removable Flash Drive (fd)!

HIPlease run this Flash_Disinfector tool by sUBs ... Just download the exe file and double click on it to run it...then follow instructions A box will pop up telling you to plug in your flash drive and click OK to start the disinfection ... by the way if you try to cross the box of with the X in the corner ... it will run anyway ... after a few seconds a box will pop up saying "done" -When you have done that ... please download "Mountpoints" by Mosaic1 it & Double click to run it. It will create a report named Diagnostic.txt. When finished, upload Diagnostic.txt in your next post ...steam

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Hello everyone!

I've been trying to format a 32GB flash drive. I'm using DiskPart to format it, but still have no success. I've been trying and trying, but I always encounter the same error. "DiskPart has encountered an error: Access is denied. See the System Event Log for more information". I tried different commands to format it, but I still arrive at the same error. I am the admin, so I don't think that's the problem.

(I did try FAT and FAT32, none of those worked)

Help me please!
Thank you and have a nice day!

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I realize there are other posts regarding flash drives and access denied; but this is a little different.

At the community college, they use Flash Drives to hold the excel files with data on students. The computer (which is a Dell Precision 370; running WinXP) recognizes the Kingston 512 MB USB Mass Storage Device, but when I click (from My Computer) it says F:\ Access Denied. It also says Access Denied if I right-click and select Explore or Open.

The only time it allows me to access the USB is when I right-click Auto-Play -> View Files and Folders.

I realize, that since there is a solution, there really isn't any need to post. But not everyone is computer savvy, and therefore wouldn't know to do the Auto-Run if they closed the Auto-Run dialog and later had to access it.

The computer is ran through a Network, if I'm not mistaken. But since I'm just a workstudy, it's not like they tell me everything about the system specs and things of any nature similar.

Answer:Kingston Flash Drive F:/ Access Denied

perhaps its just an 'ownership' issue and you have to 'Take Ownership'
and HERE

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I'm in the process of building a new system for my sister who lives a hundred miles away. To transfer all her saved documents, pictures, etc I wanted to put them on a USB flash drive which she could send to me.
When plugging in any new USB drive it is recognised as a mass storage device but the driver installation fails with an 'Access denied' message. A previously used flash drive with files on it is recognised and can be read. Unfortunately, it isn't big enough to save all the required files.
I've checked the permissions in the registry, using Remote Access', which all seem to be in order, i.e. the same as my old XP system which is almost identical and has the same motherboard and which has no problem with any USB drives.
Any suggestions, other than re-installing XP, most welcome !

Answer:USB flash drive access denied error

What format did you use on the USB flash drive?
Why not go to the MSN web site CLICK HERE create/open a Microsoft account and upload all files to Onedrive you can then download them to the new computer.

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I recently purchased a 32 GB San Disk Flash Drive. The security files pre-installed on the drive were junk, and I could not delete them so I formatted the drive to remove them. This cleaned the disk, and it holds data, but I'm not sure if this is part of my problem. I am trying to load my copy of windows 7 onto this disk, and using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, I can select my ISO file, but when I go to select my USB drive, my computer does not recognize the flash drive as a flash drive. Is there a way to change the Flash Drive so Windows will recognize my Flash Drive as removable media? Smaller USB drives still work on my computer, so its not the computer. Anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive

Hello masonta. Welcome to the forum.

Let's start with this: can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window, expanded so we can read everything, with the USB stick installed?

You also might check in Device Manager to see if the stick shows up as a USB device, or a hard disk.

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Dear All hi.
I've got a 512MB Verbatim flash removable drive and when I plug it in Windows Explorer opens, it displays the name and the drive letter, but momentarily it closes and then the removable drive does not show on WExplorer.
Throw it away or is there a way of remedy and recovery of the data on it?

Answer:Flash removable drive

Does it show in Disk Management?

Start> Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Computer Management> Disk Management

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When I insert any of my flash drives, and then try to "open folder to view files," or in any way try to open the drives- I get the message "Access is denied." I can right click- explore, and get into the drive that way.

Can someone tell me why this is happening? It's been going on for about a month now...happens on ANY flash drive I use.


Answer:"Access is denied" message when I use flash drive

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The operating system is Windows ME

I got a Memorex Traveldrive 128 MB flash drive and stuck it in. The computer said it was finding the software for the new hardware, and when it was found, I copied a lot of graphic files onto it.

All the graphics are there. I can see a little preview picture, by highlighting a filename. By clicking on it, I can open it in the graphics program.

So far so good. The pie chart shows that there is still plenty of room left, out of the 128 MB.

In my computer, I choose a folder and say copy, paste.

The Memorex Traveldrive says, “Unable to create the folder “Pix”. Access is denied.”

Just for grins, I open the folder and say select all, copy, paste.

The Memorex Traveldrive says, “Error copying file or folder. Cannot create or replace m01.jpg (the first file on that list). The directory or file cannot be created.”

I haven’t done anything to any of the files in my computer telling it not to let them be copied.

What is going on here, please?

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I have a client running XP SP3 I think. When one inserts any USB Flash Drive, it only gives out an error message: "F: Access denied".

It does seem to pick up the drive, but no access allowed onto it.

What I've tried:

1. Did try and access it from Windows Explorer in the left hand panel, doesn't even "explore" or "open" on the right-click options.

2. Accessed the "All Users" folder to see if it wasn't listed there to try and access it, but it wasn't.

3. Looked in Device Manager to see if it wasn't something to do with the drive letters clashing, but no other drives are present.

Please help!

Answer:USB Flash Drive: "Access Denied"

The flash drive probably needs replacing, they don't stay reliable for long. That's why it's never wise to put files on them for long-term backup purposes. They are only fit for transferring files between computers.

Just buy another one, they don't cost enough to spend hours of hassle trying to get it to work.

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Hello,Im sorry if this is in the wrong section.  I am wondering if there is any way to put a password protect on my UBS 2.0 Mobile SwingDrive so that it will deny access unless this password is put in.  Any help would be appriciated.  Thank you.

Answer:Password on Removable Flash Drive

Usually the manufacturer will give you an installation CD for this type of thing. Check your owner's manual as well.Flame

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  I recently purchased my first USB "Flash Drive" (Removable Disk) and have been using it to store digital photos. Everything was going smoothly for a couple of weeks, until tonight. It is a "MICRO 2.0" 256mb , Actual storage capacity is 247mb with 11.8mb used and 236 mb free.  At this point it started refusing to accept any new photo's. It tells me  "This Directory of Drive G is full. Select a new directory or use a different disk" . What exactly is a  "Directory" and how do I access a NEW one within this unit (removable disk or Flash Drive) Thanks for any help

Answer:Flash drive (removable storage disk)

Format it.

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The other day I got multiple warnings:

I would've just reformatted if it wasn't for the important files on the system. My question is, what steps do I take from here to secure my computer and make it safe to transfer files to my portable HDD without it getting infected, I wanted to reformat either way but this just makes it more difficult due to me being paranoid about the possible infection of my HDD.


Answer:Removable Drive Infection or false alarm?

Looks like a false positive. But do run JRT>

Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Seven, right-mouse click it and select Run as Administrator.
The tool will open and start scanning your system.
Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
Attach JRT.txt to your next message.


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I hope that someone can assist me with this!:

Outlook is installed on C and D. Outlook was a bit unresponsive so I did detect and repair. That caused additional problems: When I attempt to delete email in the inbox, change a calendar snooze or date/time, edit a contact's information, or send/receive email (will not pull down email into the inbox from the server), it gives an error message:

The file C:\WINDOWS\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.pst could not be accessed. Access is denied.

I have attempted reinstall and repair from cd twice. I have attempted detect and repair from OL help twice. I have run the scanpst.exe and it comes back with an error after about half way through.

I cannot afford to lose my data, contacts, reminders, email in the inbox, sent box, etc.

If anyone out there knows what I can do, please advise.

With sincere appreciation in advance,

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Hello once more,

I've recently dedicated one of my USB flash drives to use as a drive with all the basic, necessary programs (N++, Unlocker, etc.) which I install on my computers after a fresh OS installation. So, to speed up the process of doing so, instead of having to download all the programs, I keep them on my USB flash drive.

I'm a rather organized person, and here's what my problemes are, using an example.
There's a removable flash drive with letter F:
On it, there is a folder called "Recuva".
Inside that folder, there is the installer, an icon, desktop.ini file and a shortcut (.url) to recuva's download page.

My initial issue was that when I changed the icon for the folder "Recuva", and plugged the drive in on another computer, the icon wasn't there. It's desktop.ini that causes it to not show, because it provides full path to the icon, with the drive letter that can be different on other computers. I have managed to overcome that issue by using "IconResource=\Recuva\recuva.ico" instead of "IconResource=F:\Recuva\recuva.ico" but it's a very time consuming process to have to change it manually for 60 folders. Is there any other solution to this?

I'm also having the same issue with my shortcuts (.url) files. Because of the same reason. I tried opening them with notepad (which surprisingly worked) but removing the drive letter only caused them to show a blank or default icon rather than the custom one.

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Answer:Folders & Shortcuts Losing Custom Icons On Removable Flash Drive

Do you keep normal installers to install on your desktop/laptop or portables so you can just run it from the USB stick. Either way if you customize the icons using icons on your desktop computer then as soon as you unplug the USB the icons will not work on another computer. Rather then have the desktop.ini if you already have the customized icon you need in each folder just right click the folder and choose Properties then Customize, Change Icon and point it to the icon in that folder and you can do the same for your URL shortcuts. As long as you have the icons you want on the USB drive itself it should stay the same. You can probably delete the Desktop.ini all together. Not sure if there's a way to do it all at once but maybe one of the gurus here will have a better ideas

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 I have encountered a couple of Edge E530 laptops on our company's domain recently that are suddenly unable to access removable media.  There is no domain-wide group policy governing storage access and the storage related policies on each computer have been disabled.  No setting in the antivirus is set to deny access (I even uninstalled the antivirus to be sure).  I cannot access usb drives or the CD-ROM drive in Windows explorer or any 3rd party exlporer replacements I've tried, but can burn discs and create disc images using Iso-burn.  I can access all devices perfectly in safe mode, but even the diagnostic startup option from MSConfig will not let me access them outside of safe mode.  The only services that seem to run in diagnostic mode are Group Policy Client, RPC Endpoint Mapper, and Task Scheduler.  I have also tried leaving the domain and booting locally into the system with the Administrator account, but to no avail.  These systems were wiped and reloaded before their initial deployment, so they don't have Lenovo Security or port locker, which was the only related item I could find in the forums so far.  Any ideas of what can be done?  I would rather avoid re-imaging the systems, if possible, as this problem seems to be occurring more frequently lately.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am running on windows 10 and recently upgraded from windows 7. After having alot of problems with my files being read-only after the upgrade I decided to look at the security permissions and somehow accidentally removed myself as an owner to C:\ (I am the admin user) Clicking on C:\ results in access denied, going into advanced properties of the drive and trying to change any security setting results in the window freezing up for a while then saying access denied, no editor control.
I have tried going through command prompt in safe mode and entering NET USER Administrator /active:yes, NET STOP ProfSvc, access is still denied even in the command prompt on the new administrator user.
I have no idea what to do anymore, I've searched the internet for solutions and found nothing.

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alright, I don't know alot about computers, but attached is a picture of what I'm seeing. I've tried changing permissions, Sharing and anything else I could but I just can't access anything at all. I have admin rights, and I'm logged in as admin, but Still nothing.

does anyone have any ideas? I really don;t want to have to call Nerds o.s.

Answer:access denied to removable storage

Lets first see if its a permissions issue
Try this adminsistrator
Administrator Account

Did you ever have access?
If yes what did you do that may have changed the situation.

If a new problem, you can try a system restore.
System Restore - How to

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Hi everyone,

Before stating my issue, i'm not 100% sure it's related to Windows 7 or Windows Server. Please let me know if i'm wrong.

A few weeks ago, I had to block access to all removable storage classes to a group of 5 users or so in the enterprise. So I used the "Computer Configuration" GPO (Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Removable Storage Access>All
Removable Storage classes: Deny all access "Active". I applied it to the users and it worked fine. From there, they could'nt use USB stick, CD, etc... After a while, it was decided by the administration they could get that access back. So I removed
the GPO from these users. After a while, users were complaining the access was still denied. From there, here is my troubleshoot path

I did a GPRESULT and I could see the GPO was not appliedI've looked up local computer policy (gpedit.msc) and this setting is not configuredI have looked up in the events viewer in both the computers and domain controller, nothing interesting foundI tried to do a GPUPDATE /force and restartI tried to remove the computer from the Active Directory and join it back to the domainSince the GPO still exists, but not applied to users having the problem, I have tried with 2 third party computers to reproduce the problem. I applied the GPO, access was denied to all removable storage classes. I unapplied the GPO and access to
all removable storage classes was restore.
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This has been an issue since I purchased this computer.. I am trying to send files to a removable USB and everything is working properly you also hear the chimes that the USB is on. But I keep getting with a pop up window saying location not available E:/ is not accessible.

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Hello, We have purchased a Lenovo G40 Notebook with Windows 8.1. I have successfully made a Recovery Drive to a USB flash drive, and it does run when accessed from Windows.By this I refer to the procedure which commences with:Pointing your mouse upper right side corner, or lower right side, and accessing the USB device from the:?Use a device? dialog box, by clicking: ?EFI USB Device?.Then the: ?Choose the language? dialog box, is displayed.(If the device is not connected, an error message is instead here displayed!) What I would like to know please, is how I can boot from this USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it (through the above method) using Windows. I know how to access the "UEFI" (formerly called the BIOS) in order to see the boot order, but can find no method for changing the boot order. When I turn on the notebook with the Recovery Drive attached, the machine ignores it and boots to Windows. How I can boot from the USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it using Windows? Regards. Robert333 

Answer:How to access Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive if Windows 8.1 should not be accessible?

Hello and welcome,
Are you using the novo button to get to the boot menu?  If you don't see the recovery drive there try turning off secure boot.
If it is shown in the menu can you arrow up or down and select it?

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removable storage device is access denied

Answer:removable storage device is access denied

Hi, and welcome to TSF.

Take a look a this: [How to] Disable access to removable storage devices in Windows 7

But instaid of disabling it, you should enable it.

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I booted up my computer today and found to my surprise, that my devices with removable storage no longer work. My dvd-rom icon has a nice circle with a slash over it. My usb stick drive gives me a "G: is not accessible access denied" error when I try to open it.

I'm guessing what caused this. Yesterday, I enabled the "Stereo Mix" option on my sound card. (Vista disables this feature to make the recording industry happy, I suppose.) That's the only change I've made to my computer. Sadly, disabling the feature doesn't help. Perhaps Vista blocks access to your removable media if you enable your computer to record it? Wouldn't surprise me.

Checking the security properties tab informs me that I "do not have permission to view or edit this object's permission settings." It is also unable to display the device's "owner."

I don't have a backup point I can restore to.

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi...

Answer:Please help - access denied on removable storage (permissions?)

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I booted up my computer today and found to my surprise, that my devices with removable storage no longer work. My dvd-rom icon has a nice circle with a slash over it. My usb stick drive gives me a "G: is not accessible access denied" error when I try to open it.

I'm guessing what caused this. Yesterday, I enabled the "Stereo Mix" option on my sound card. (Vista disables this feature to make the recording industry happy, I suppose.) That's the only change I've made to my computer. Sadly, disabling the feature doesn't help. Perhaps Vista blocks access to your removable media if you enable your computer to record it? Wouldn't surprise me.

Checking the security properties tab informs me that I "do not have permission to view or edit this object's permission settings." It is also unable to display the device's "owner."

I don't have a backup point I can restore to.

Help me

Answer:Please Help - Access Denied On Removable Storage (permissions?)

I'd suggest a few, free, online malware scans to see if you've picked up a bug. I saw two of these at work today.Here's a list:http://housecall.trendmicro.com<links compiled on 02/14/2008>

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I have windows 7 , I cannot download files to a USB disk. It tells me acess is denied . my computer model is 1066
Moderator comment: Subject edited. Model name added based on "model is 1066'.

Answer:[V570] access denied for removable disk

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
Can you download files to the disk on another computer?  Can you access files already on the disk?  Can you see the disk in Windows Explorer or My Computer.  If so, try doing a scan for Error Checking and the disk. 

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I have same problem like  PCuser32
When when I try open DVD drive from My computer I have message Please insert a disk into drive
despite I have DVD in the drive
When when I try open USB flash drive I have message like this:The disk is not formatted Do you want to format it now? Yes No
despite USB flash drive working on other compute
here is a log
Sorry becouse of my bad english
thx a lot
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16686  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.25.2
Run by Dusko at 17:48:47 on 2013-09-20
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.2038.831 [GMT 2:00]
AV: AVG Internet Security 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {0E9420C4-06B3-7FA0-3AB1-6E49CB52ECD9}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *Disabled/Outdated* {9BC38DF1-3CCA-732D-A930-C1CA5F20A4B0}
SP: AVG Internet Security 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {B5F5C120-2089-702E-0001-553BB0D5A664}
FW: AVG Internet Security 2014 *Enabled* {36AFA1E1-4CDC-7EF8-11EE-C77C3581ABA2}
============== Running Processes ================
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
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Answer:Virus or something else block access to DVD drive and USB flash drive.


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Virus block access to DVD drive and USB flash driveXP PRO SP2 updated to SP3HP desktop computercpu intel e2140When when I try open DVD drive from My computer I have message Please insert a disk into drive despite I have DVD in the driveWhen when I try open USB flash drive I have message like this: The disk is not formatted Do you want to format it now? Yes Nodespite USB flash drive working on other computerWhen I boot from cd-rom Windows PE the DVD drive and usb flash drive working fine no problemsSo far I run rkill, ComboFix found many items, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware full scan found 8 items, Microsoft Security Essentials full scan found 1 item, after all cleaning same problem I try run XP in Diagnostic Startup from Msconfig but still no access to DVD drive and USB flash drive.I appreciate any help

Answer:Virus block access to DVD drive and USB flash drive

Hello,You will need to Download and Run DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log..If for some reason you cannot perform a step, move on to the next.Please follow this guide. go and do steps 6 thru 8 ,, Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help . Then go here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post that complete log.Let me know if it went OK.

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When when I try open DVD drive from My computer I have message Please insert a disk into drive
despite I have DVD in the drive
When when I try open USB flash drive I have message like this:The disk is not formatted Do you want to format it now? Yes No
and then windows 7 show me error ''windows was unable to complete the format''
despite USB flash drive working on other computer same problem is with the Sd cards.
Previous MRL topic:
:Please help, I do not know what to do anymore.
Sorry because of my bad english.

Answer:Blocked Access, DVD drive and USB flash drive

Please download Minitollbox from here. And save to your desktop.
Run it and select following options:
List last 10 event viewer errors
List Installed programs
List Devices >>> Problem only
List Users, partitions and memory size
List Minidump files
List Restore points
Then click GO and wait, the logfile will open, copy all its contents and paste in your next reply.
Thank you.

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hi frnds i m new on this place as it is my first post..

i m compelled to post because i m facing a serious problem..that is
i m unable to access my new hitacihi portable drive..
as first i connected my drive...
pc showed that... found a new mass storage device..
--found a disk drive..etc etc..
and then showed a symbol to remove drive(or to stop removable drive) in right side of the task bar..
but this drive is not showed in my computer..(as should be like always )
means it is not accessed
i don't no why...
plz help can i access my portable disk
i have tried some more things to make it read like...checking driver property..or the driver cd came with drive(actually this cd contain drivers for win 98. and as for xp.. it says xp automatically recognize it's driver)

and the same thing is with my mobile..( for mobile there is a message dat..device may not working properly, this message comes only in the case of mobile)
i can access my mobile and PDD as storage device through other system but in my system i can't..

my pc's configuration is ...
256 mb ram
845 intel cipset
1.70 Ghz (celron)
OS win xp s2

so plz help me...i m in trouble..

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i am not able to open my c drive.. even if i log in as admin i am not able to access c drive. i changed permissions for c drive yesterday so that the guests cant access the drive.. but now even i am not able to access it.i have tried to change the permissions but whenever i click the advanced permissions tab it also shows the same thing.. access is denied. i have tried system restore but that too doesn't work... i even tried cmd. but that too doesnt work

Answer:C drive access denied

Restart in Safe mode.Log in as administrator.

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Double clicking the C drive produces a message "Windows cannot find RECYCLER/" and denies access to the defragmentation utility. Any suggestions? C drive contents can be accessed by using the right click "explore" feature if that helps.Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:C drive - access denied

Download and install Autorun Eater. click here

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Just started - upon clicking dvd drive, message says "may not have permission."

I can right click and open and play the movie, so drive is operable.

I went into registry and followed directions to delete lower filter. - no change.

I checked permissions and that is OK as well.

I also uninstalled drive and rebooted.

Also did a System Restore.

Also ran scan -- SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

It seems to be caused by message "files ready to be written, but I can't seem to delete it.
Since I can play dvds, it's not a big problem, but I would like to know why this has suddenly happened and how to correct it.



Answer:Access denied on dvd drive

PSCO have a look at this as I had a similar problem for ages and it drove me nuts
How do I get rid of "You have files ready to be written to your - Microsoft Community

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while manipulating properties of c drive ,i accidentally denied all permissions to Authenticated users .error: couldn't access control editor,i didn't getting access to change them even i logged as an administrator .how do i change those properties and get access to them.please help me to get out of this.....

Answer:Access denied to C drive


You may try doing a System Restore of your system to restore point before you made those changes.

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Suddenly I am finding that if I left click my E-Drive-DVD writer/reader to play a music DVD I get a messgae that acces to the drive is denied. If I right click to open/explore it does this and I can then play the music content.
If I write a data DVD this writes and then opens with the left click open command as normal

This is with fully up to date vista SP2 and explorer 8. The Musicd should have played with Windows Media Player

Help Please

Answer:Access to E-Drive Denied

I think one of the latest updates did something with auto play, check the control panel>auto play, pick a default program there... if you don't want auto play opening every time you put media in the tray, take the check out of the box (top left)....

good luck

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Hello there

I hope somebody can help, I am having problems with my computer, when I turn it on i get this message


then it also says

"The parameter is incorrect McAfee Secutity Center"

"Application resources could not be loades succesfully please reinstall McAfee Security Center"

I have Windows Vista, and the access to my C: Drive is denied, I try running it on safe mode and run an anitvirus but it does not allowed me to do anything, I also try to change the Security but still does not let me do anything. If i go into explore to see my C: drive, it has a box looking type and it says "Access Denied"

What can I do besides reformate it?? I have documents that I dont want to loose and I cannot save them since the access is denied. I try to run McAfee but it just does not load...

any suggestions

Answer:C: drive Access Denied

Something to try is make to make sure that you are logged on as a user with administrative rights. If you are the only user on the computer then you have these rights when logging on. See if you can change the permissions on your drive.

Right click the C:\ drive and select properties. Go to the Security tab.

There should be a list of groups and user names in the first box. Select Administrators. Make sure that it is given full control. There should be a lot of check marks in the second box. If it is not selected then click on the edit button.

Select the administrators again and select the full control check box. Click ok. Click ok on the C:\ drives properties.

Let me know if that helps you.

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i wanted to modify the permissions settings for the Drive C: , then i got errors when i tried to apply , and now i cant even have access to drive C: or even modify anything at the pc , not even system recovery , cuz it is located in drive C: thx for help

Answer:Access Denied to Drive C:

Are you logged in as administrator?You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Hi guys
I am using windows 7 and whenever trying to access drive c getting error message "access to drive c denied". I tried to see the owner of the drive and there a message "the owner name can not be displayed", it seems that someone has hacked my computer and has taken over the ownership of the drive. How can I get the ownership back?

Answer:drive c access denied?

post a screenshot of disk management

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when i try to copy or paste on my H: drive it says access denied please help me.I don't care if my data is lost i just want my drive back and it's type is NTFS

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Hello guys!

i cant open my drive C: and D:. when i double click either C: or D: i get the message "Access denied". but when i right click the drive and choose explore, it opens correctly. a little help pls?

I would appreciate any help..

Answer:Help Pls.. Access Denied on my Drive C: & D:

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i was using windows 7 and access to a local drive was denied to all other users of the pc except me, i changed my os to windows 8 and i cant access that drive..plz do help asap..thnks...

Answer:drive access denied

Hello Shibu, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You should be able to take ownership of the drive with your administrator account, then set permissions to "Allow" "Full control" to your account and any other users you want to be able to access it.

Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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when i click the cd drive didnot open access denied.pls help.picture was attached .

Answer:cd drive access denied

Hi and welcome to TSF.

Open disk management, right click on the CD/DVD drive and open Properties, click on the Hardware tab, click the properties command button, click on the driver tab, and uninstall the driver.
Then click on the Disk Management Action menu, click on Rescan Disks, it re-adds the drive and the error should be gone!

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Hello, I was messing around trying to share my local disk on my home network and in an attempt to give everyone access I deleted some Users from the Groups or User Names box and added "Everyone" with full permissions. Now when I click on the c: drive I get a message saying "Access Denied" Has anyone encountered this before?

Answer:Access Denied To C: Drive

What exactly did you delete...?


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Hi! On startup, I receive a message in a box with a boing! sound that reads: (first line)Norton Protection: ATTENTION
(next line) Big Red X following by: Access denied: drive C:
(last line) is a button that says "OK".

I press OK and it goes away and does not seem to interfer with any other software or programs, but what does it all mean?

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Seems i ****** up my permission settings pretty badly thistime.

cmd is run as admin, and uac is off.


C:\>net user H?kon
User name H?kon
Full Name H?kon
User's comment
Country code 000 (System Default)
Account active Yes
Account expires Never

Password last set 18.8.2009 12:42:43
Password expires Never
Password changeable 18.8.2009 12:42:43
Password required No
User may change password Yes

Workstations allowed All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon 19.10.2009 01:39:46

Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships *Administrators
Global Group memberships *None
The command completed successfully.

C:\>takeown /f "D:" /r /d y
ERROR: Access is denied.

C:\>icacls "D:" /grant administrators:F /t
D:: Access is denied.
Successfully processed 0 files; Failed processing 1 files


Answer:Denied Access to D:\ drive

Quote: Originally Posted by Hakon

Seems i ****** up my permission settings pretty badly thistime.

and how did you manage to do that?

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I have a stop error on my computer were I get a blue screen and the computer does nothing but consistantly reboot. I load the computer from the installation CD (windows XP) and go to repair. the file that i need to replace the the user32.dll file, Iam able to rename (i read online and make it user32.bak)it but when i try to expand a new user32.dll from the cd-rom to get a new copy of it I get "access denied" when im in the D drive. please Help! Im in process of purchasing a new computer because i know that this hard drive is old but i really want to get all of my pictures off on it. help!help!

Answer:access denied to D drive

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major

I think the reason you're getting the Access Denied error is because you aren't specifying where to extract the DLL file to, so it's automatically trying to extract it to D: which is the CD drive, and obviously it can't extract to the CD drive. I'm not sure of the exact command, but I think it's close to this:
extract_/c_D:\%path and filename on CD%_C:\%destination path and filename%
The "/c" tells the system to copy and extract the specified file. Where you see a "_" is a space so do not actually type an underline. More info about the extract command can be found here.

You can save your data in other ways. If you have an external hard drive, a 2nd hard drive, or 2 CD drives and one is a burner, you can boot to a "live CD" like the UBCD4Win or a bootable Linux CD like Knoppix. You can then copy your data to the external or 2nd hard drive, or burn your data to a CD/DVD using the 2nd CD/DVD drive. The UBCD4Win loads to an environment that runs just like Windows, so it won't be foreign and weird, plus it has tons of useful applications built-in (like burning software and file copying software and data recovery software). Knoppix is a Linux OS that runs exclusively from CD. It's visually and functionally similar to Windows, but is also different in many ways too. Personally, I recommend the UBCD4Win for most people as it is easier to navigate due to the familiar Windows i... Read more

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I can right click and open and play the movie, so drive is operable.

Just started - upon clicking dvd drive, message says "may not have permission."

I went into registry and followed directions to delete lower filter. - no change.

I checked permissions and that is OK as well.

I also uninstalled drive and rebooted.

Also did a System Restore.

Also ran scan -- SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

It seems to be caused by message "files ready to be written, but I can't seem to delete it.

Since I can play dvds, it's not a big problem, but I would like to know why this has suddenly happened and how to correct it.



Answer:Access denied on dvd drive

Have you check if you don't have some temporary files waiting to be written to DVD disk on that DVD drive?

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My hard disk have two partition DRIVE C: and DRIVE D:

But now DRIVE D: is not accessible, i cannot open or explore

D:\ is not accessible
Access denied

Answer:Access Denied in Drive D:

Did you do anything prior to this problem occurring? When did you create the D: partition?

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somehow I deleted the users in the properties of drive c under the security tab, now it denies me access to drive c and wont let me delete any files or folders or let me do a system restore, I don't know what to do I have tried all I know, I am using windows 7

Answer:access denied to drive c

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The problem is on a laptop belonging to a relative.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista? Home Basic, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-62, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2813 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: D: 9 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Wistron, 303C
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

I've been installing stuff like Avast antivirus, Superantispyware, Advanced System Care. All was OK until foolishly I decided to use Permissions Time Machine Lite in an effort to avoid so many Access Denied messages. The program ran for about 15 hours and then, foolishly again, I decided to shut down the computer. On rebooting it I'm faced with access denied to drive C. I can't copy anything off it. I've tried rebooting in safe mode to last good config but the problem still exists. The problem, as you may imagine, lies in getting the stuff off the machine, photos etc. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
I notice that on the Sysinfo file it doesn't show drive C. It's about 400GB with half of it occupied. I have emailed the publisher of Permissions Time Machine Lite but as yet have not received any reply.

Answer:Access denied to drive C:

In windows explorer I can see all the photos, documents etc but cannot do anything with them, if I double click on a photo or try to copy it to an external drive I just get an access denied message.

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Whenever I start upmy computer I get a warning which tells me that Norton AV is denied access to the c drive. I can do virus sweeps on the drive and it seems to be working ok. Nortons website is next to useless for troubleshooting or help. I'm using Norton AV 2002.Anybody got ideads on what is causing this or how I can stop it.

Answer:c drive access denied

what os are you using

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I am suudenly denied access to my E Drive-DVD writer/player if I left double click to play. I get message that access is denied and that I do not have permission. If I right click to open or explore then the files contained on the DVD are made visible and I can then access/play themThis is with up to date Vista SP2 and explorer 8.

Answer:Access to E drive denied

click here

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Here is a screen shot of the problem- cannot access the D Drive for some reason, after editing some partition. What can I do?

Answer:Access is denied to the D Drive?

Why and How did you edit a partition.Perhaps we don't understand what you did.Never do t"partition editing" hat in Vista unless you are an expert.And seven some experts decline partition editing in Vista.

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Hey there! Thanks for having me everyone... My first question about Vista (many more to come I'm sure) is how come my access to the C: drive is denied? I get the following message when I attempt to create a new project in my audio program (Cubase LE):

"C:\ is not accessible.

Access is denied."

Earlier today I was unable to unzip an installer I downloaded to the C: drive. How do I gain access to it?

Thanks a LOT for your time!

Answer:Access Denied to C drive?

Hello FattMusieK,
The first thing you need to do is to make sure all your permissions are up to date.
Open Computer and go to properties.
Open the security tab.
Click the edit permissions tab and make sure you have full control.
Give this a go and post your results, good luck.

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Okay so I'm trying to back up all of the images from the slave drive which used to be a primary drive from another computer but it had a virus and I couldn't deal with the virus without the proper tools so I took it home and cleaned it up. The only problem now is that Windows is asking for it to activate and won't allow to log on to the computer if I try to back it up with that as a primary. So now I have a as a secondary and trying to access the administrator account which is the only account that's protected.

Is there a way to bruteforce my way into the folder?

trying to back up secondary
secondary used to be primary on another system
i'm able to access drive except for the administrators folders which is vital
if i set up as primary with only that drive windows asks to activate can't get passed that
can't log into it
when i try to activate can't, so not bothering with that

Answer:Access Denied on slave drive

You need to take ownership of the folder, for instructions see this link.

assuming you're using xp btw

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Okay, here's the story (sorry its kinda long) and I havn't found anyone that can help me. I have been running XP Pro on my system for a while now. It recently started screwing up royally, so I decided to format my main drive and reinstall the operating system. Well, naturally that fixed all the problems and left me with a new and bigger one.

The way I had my system set up is I have 3 hard drives, 1 40 GB for the main drive with the OS on it and 2 13's that the system recognizes as 1 drive. When I reinstalled windows I only formatted the 40 gig partition, I didn't touch the other partition.

Now, when I try to access my D: (the two 13s), it says access denied. I right click and properties it says file system RAW, Used space 0 bytes, free space 0 bytes. However, when I go to disk management, it shows up as a Simple layout, Dynamic type, NTFS file system, Healthy Status, and the correct capacity and free space! HELP! Is there any way I can get my data back. Thanks in advance for any suggestions that don't include formatting this drive.

Answer:Hard drive access denied

Data recovery software can work. Basically, when xp created a new boot record, it wiped out the boot record that held the softlinks to the dynamic drive. MS explains it this way,
Pure dynamic disks (those not containing any hard-linked partitions) only have a single partition table entry (type 42) to define the entire disk. Volumes contained on a pure dynamic disk are called soft-linked, and do not display drive letters for them until Setup is complete. Windows 2000 Setup displays a single drive letter for the whole drive (usually the drive letter assigned to the first soft-linked partition) even if it had multiple volumes configured. You cannot perform a new installation to this type of dynamic disk without destroying underlying volumes.
I know it's 2k, but it applies. I've seen the data recovered with ontrack easy recovery.

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When I try to remove a CD Drive (CDFS), it tells me access denied. It's frustrating because I've tried deleting it with a command prompt, but no luck. It says that it is a removable storage, but it was a download gone wrong. I finally managed to delete the file it came from, but the thing won't go away. I'm worried it might be a virus or something. Can anyone help?

Answer:Access denied when trying to remove a CD Drive

Hi SabrinaM. Welcome to the forum.

CDFS is a special file system used to store data on CDs that can be used by multiple platforms (operating systems).
CDFS (Compact Disc File System) Definition

Can you tell us anything about what you were doing (downloading) when this first happened? It might help in figuring out how to uninstall it.

I assume that you mean that this is a phantom drive that shows up in Windows Explorer? Does it also show up in My Computer? In Devices & Printers?

Can you post a screenshot showing the problem?

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I just joined and need help with accessing my c drive in Vista. I created UACs for 5 users and changed permission for all to the c drive. Now no one can access the c-drive including the admin. Seem as though the trusted intaller has taken control. I have tried everything to get controll back to the admin or my user in safe mode and normal mode but was not successful. Keep getting "control editor access denied". I can't access any program installed on the c-drive from any user. I tried using the command prompt also but still no luck. I can log in and see the info on the c drive using other entries but cant run any programs. Can you help me?
Thanks so much,

Answer:c-drive access in vista denied

I found this answer on the internet posted by a Microsoft moderator. Maybe it does the trick.

1. Go into safe mode and log into an Admin account

2. At the command prompt, type - NET USER Administrator /active:yes

The key is to be able to login as administrator.

Don’t worry if you get an error message, you might have to do some of the following steps.

3. Try NET STOP ProfSvc

This should stop the User profile service and bring you back to the login page - and if you are lucky you will have an Administrator login there.

It might not have a password if you did not set up a password when you configured the system.

3. Control Alt Delete, start task manager, Applications, New Task, explorer - this should bring up the start menu etc

4. Disable UAC [User Account Control] which might give access to your C: Drive.

Follow the steps below in order to disable UAC.
A. Open Control Panel.
B.Under User Account and Family settings click on the "Add or remove user account".

C.Click on one of the user accounts, for example you can use the Guest account.

D.Under the user account click on the "Go to the main User Account page" link.

E. Under “Make changes to your user account" click on the "Change security settings" link.
F. In the "Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure” click to unselect the "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer".

G. Cl... Read more

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Please can someone help... i don't know much about computers, i've tried to use other threads to get my answer but it hasn't helped!!!!

my problem is i tried to restrict the C drive access on my laptop by using the properties > security tab... but now i can't even look in the C drive is says "C: access denied"

i rang up ASUS tech support and told them my situation and that i haven't backed up anything on my laptop and what a waste of time they were!!! Becuase i listened to them i've lost everything on my computer (they said to put the recovery disc is and choose option 1 as option 2 and 3 you'd lose the data in the C: Drive, but they didn't take in to account all the data i've saved on my Vista drive and everywhere else that i have now lost !!!!)

all i want is to gain access again to the C Drive, there is only one user in me....

please can some one help,

Answer:Locked myself out of C Drive - Access Denied Please Help

you may need to take ownership of the C: drive again.
for step by step on taking ownership of folders and files etc. Same procedure can be used on C: drive.

basically just means
right click C: and goto properties,
Security tab,
advanced button,
owner tab
tick replace owner for all subordinate folders and files
click your username and OK out of everything

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I have an HP Netbook with Win 7 Starter and have been able to map access to my desktop (Running XP Media Center) hard disks and can access the files with no problem.

I have also mapped to the two Optical Drives (DVD & DVD-R DL). But when I try to access the CD or DVD in that drive, I get this error:

V:\ is not accessible
Access is Denied.

Please help. Totally Confused.

Answer:Access Denied - Optical Drive -

Just go to My Computer, highlight the D drive then right click, choose "share with" then choose advanced sharing, then choose advance sharing again. The picture shows how to share the drive then on the right you can choose who to share with.

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Following a successful upgrade from my PC running Windows 7 pro 64bit I had a short while running OK. I then had a Notepad window appear on startup together with a sub window saying 'access denied'. Clearing these was no problem but I asked on another forum how to get rid of these messages. I was told to change the access rights on my C: drive and that was when my problems really started.

Now I can't access my C: drive at all and most of my programs transferred from W7 are not working. Whatever I do I get a message saying 'access denied'! My D: drive (partitioned) is fully OK.

I have tried to change the access rights in C: ---- Denied
I have tried to recovery/reset on my W10 ----Failed
I have tried to revert back to W7. It got 1% into making the change and stopped ---- Failed
I even tried option 4 in this link Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums but I got as far as putting REM_SAM into the Load Hive and it said it was already in use ----Failed

Although I have a backup of all my personal folders and files I do not have a backup of my W10 set up. I think I have a backup of my Windows 7 but it is not up to date and I am not really sure how to use it.
I really need help on this one. I have over 20 programs that were successfully transferred over to W10 most of which I need but am not sure how to reload them if they are lost. Most are not now working!

Answer:Access denied to C: drive serious issues

IMO, as it sounds like you've done everything else, including the attempted 'recovery/reset' - have you tried reinstalling 10 from a USB media?

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HI all,

been a very long time since here.

Have a slight problem.
Desktop machine running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, won't access USB drives, they appear in windows explorer and disk management, but I cannot open them, I get the error "g: cannot be opened Access Denied"
When they do appear, they are 0 of 0 bytes and it shows the file system (FAT32) but thats it.
I can open them in Safemode
I can open them on other computers running same OS.
tried uninstalling AV

updated all hardware Drivers, MB chipset and BIOS

Attempted to take ownership, can't so because access is denied, so the usual fix of changing permission to 'Everyone' will not work, as I get the same error.
I have gone into the group policy setting and checked the deny access to external drives.
Done the Reg fix of taking ownership, but won't work for a whole drive just a folder.

One thing I have noticed, with the right click and properties, the computer denying access has the security tab, where as the computer where I can access it doesn't have the security tab option. but again this is just a local group policy option??

All accounts are administrator.

I'm kind of at wits end here, I even did a clean install of windows last night to see if that fixed anything, and it worked...until start up this morning where it all just stopped again

Please Help


Answer:Solved: Access Denied to USB Drive(s)

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Following a successful upgrade from my PC running Windows 7 pro 64bit I had a short while running OK. I then had a Notepad window appear on startup together with a sub window saying 'access denied'. Clearing these was no problem but I asked on another forum how to get rid of these messages. I was told to change the access rights on my C: drive and that was when my problems really started.

Now I can't access my C: drive at all and most of my programs transferred from W7 are not working. Whatever I do I get a message saying 'access denied'! My D: drive (partitioned) is fully OK.

I have tried to change the access rights in C: ---- Denied
I have tried to recovery/reset on my W10 ----Failed
I have tried to revert back to W7. It got 1% into making the change and stopped ---- Failed
I even tried option 4 in this link Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums but I got as far as putting REM_SAM into the Load Hive and it said it was already in use ----Failed

Although I have a backup of all my personal folders and files I do not have a backup of my W10 set up. I think I have a backup of my Windows 7 but it is not up to date and I am not really sure how to use it.
I really need help on this one. I have over 20 programs that were successfully transferred over to W10 most of which I need but am not sure how to reload them if they are lost. Most are not now working!

Answer:Access denied to C: drive serious issues

IMO, as it sounds like you've done everything else, including the attempted 'recovery/reset' - have you tried reinstalling 10 from a USB media?

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Hi thereI woz wondering if anyone could help me. I am currently evaluating Windows Vista Final and did an upgrade install (which took about 3 hours :-( )On first boot up beside the relatively small amount of software that was incompatible everything seems fine, except for one thing. I have two hard disks. (C) & (D) and the D drive that worked fine under XP is installed and reports to be working properly but is totally iaccessable giving the message:- D: is not accessable. Access is denied. Any ideas please? its driving me mad.Thanks in advanceGuybrush1

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Hi guys, let me first introduce myself as Canowyrms. Im of course new to the community, but not so new to the computer world. I have been working with computers for about five or so years now. I am quite experienced, but there is always something new to learn with technology now-a-days.

I am having a problem with accessing one of my hard drives. Now I know that this has been posted on the forum before, but this is the second installation of Win7 that I have done. I installed an RC version and this issue occurred, which is why I switched back to XP. Now that Win7 has actually been released, I decided to give the full release a try and see how that worked.

Well, the issue has happened again. Every time I try to access my 500GB Seagate (yeah, seagate...) drive, I get an error saying Access is Denied. The funny thing about that, is the fact that in Windows XP, a Slax LiveCD, a Backtrack 3 LiveCD, and any other operating system in general, I can access the drive with absolutely NO problems, without even having to take ownership. That brings me to my next point. I have gone into Administrator tools and looked in the Disk Management section. The drive is listed as operating, healthy, active, etc. If I right click that drive, I can view its properties perfectly fine (whereas if I right click and go into properties in the "Computer" screen, I get NO data.). I have even gone as far as to changing the "Owner" of the drive to my user account, with full access privel... Read more

Answer:Access to Hard Drive is Denied

Hello and welcome to the forums.

I'm not sure, seing as your experienced with computers, but have you had a look at the jumpers on the drives to make sure they are set correctly?

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I opened a stupid guest account for someone and right clicked on the hard drive. I'm not too computer savvy with permissions. Somehow i thought deny all would work out for the best. Big mistake. Now im locked out as well. Can't access my drive. Please help. I have windows 7 home primo 64 bit.

Answer:Locked myself out of C drive. Access denied everything. Help

System Restore to before you made the changes using System Recovery Options.

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I had to do a clean install on a PC. Got a new hard drive and all went well.

The old configuration had a second disc that was the data drive. After getting XP Pro up and running on the "new" box, I attached the slave from the old box to the machine. The drive did not show up. I went to Disk Management, and it was there, but it said it was "FORIEGN". I right clicked and selected "Import Foriegn Disk". It then showed up in Disk Management.

However, in "My Computer", I can see it, but when I click or right click and OPEN, I get an instant ACCESS DENIED error. If I right click, there is no choice for "Sharing and Security", so I cannot take ownership.

I do have the PC set so the "simple file sharing" is UNCHECKED.

For some reason, I cannot get to the point where I can get to "Sharing and Security" for this drive.

Anyone have a clue? I know the data is still there, because in Disk Management, it correctly states the size of the drive used and the free space, but if I right click in My Computer and go to properties, it shows a full pie chart.



PS- Both the old and new boxes had WinXP Pro SP2 installed.

Answer:Foriegn Drive - ACCESS DENIED! [HELP!]


The most common error we see is jumper conflicts and incorrect ribbon cable placement.

When one gets a new drive from the factory, it is set to Cable Select. Then, when you take the old drive to use as a slave, it is set to slave....won't work that way. You need to (if on the ribbon cable with another drive) make sure your master is set with the jumpers to master before you add the second drive. Then, you need to set the slave jumpers to slave. The master always goes on the end of the ribbon cable and the slave in the middle of the ribbon cable.

Hope this helps and if your setup is different, then post back with clarifications.

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I've got a simple home network, with one Windows 7 Ultimate x64 desktop (wired), one Windows XP Pro desktop (wired), and two Windows 7 Home Premium notebooks (wireless). The motherboard failed on one of the notebooks that belongs to my stepdaughter, so I removed the hard drive and installed it in the Windows 7 desktop. My intent is to mark it shared so that the new notebook she is buying can access it and she can copy her data files.

I currently have two other shared folders and a shared USB flash drive on the Windows 7 computer. There is no problem accessing these other shared folders and drive from any of the computers on the network.

However, when I marked the new hard drive as shared and gave full rights to Everyone, exactly the same way I shared the USB flash drive, the other computers on the network can see the shared drive, but they get an "access denied" message indicating they do not have rights to it. I have no problems accessing the drive from the Win 7 computer.

What is it that I need to do to give the other computers access to this drive? As I said, it is shared in exactly the same way as the USB flash drive they have no problems accessing.

Answer:Access denied for shared drive

I'm thinking you may not have set the correct permissions. On the computer it's connected to, right click on "Computer" and select "Manage". Now, under "System Tools" -> "Shared Folders" -> "Shares" double-click on the name of this share and go to the "Share Permissions" tab. Make sure that this is where you set "Everyone" to full control, otherwise you were just setting the local permissions

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I recently assembled a new system. Since I do not have Internet access at home, I initially set up the machine at work in order to download Windows updates and other stuff. While doing this, the computer was a member of the work domain. When I took the machine home I changed it from the work domain to my home workgroup. Everything seemed to be fine, with the exception of being able to access my second hard drive. When I click on the drive letter inside of Windows Explorer I am told that access is denied. Properties for the drive list RAW as the file format. The drive shows up is Disk Management and is listed as healthy. All options such as Reactivate are grayed out. The only option that isn't is the Format Drive. I hestiate to do this as I have about 20 GB of data I don't want to lose. Disk Management let me change the drive letter designation but nothing else. I am confused as to why this would happen when I did nothing more than change from a domain to a workgroup. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Access denied to hard drive

Hey Van RAW files are relevant to digital photographs. According to this article you can set your digital camera to save your images as "raw" or "jpeg" files. don't know if the article will help, but maybe you should check it out.

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I was hoping that this take ownership feature would give me access to files I have on an external drive formatted with NTFS.

I am still receiving the following error when I try to copy a file from the external drive to anywhere on my local drive or if I try to play an mp3 song or open any office documents. I receive a message from these apps that the program cannot access this file.

I am prompted to provide permission but still get file access denied. I am currently logged in with an administrator account JCLATOP\Joe

Answer:Access Denied on External Drive

I'm no expert on such matters but I think it would help if we had more information.

1. What brand is the external drive and specs?
2. Was the troubled drive data installed from this computer?
3. Was the external drive encrypted?
4. Have you tied to enter this drive using Admin permission?

I'm new to Windows 10 so I might not be able to help but others will need the information.


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in the morning i could access my hard disk. then i unticked all control for CREATOR OWNER and now i cant access it. the system keep saying "access denied". how to undo it and allow myself to access the disk

Answer:Access Denied on hard drive

log in with an admin account and "take ownership of the files" under the security tab, allow it to be inherited by child objects in said folder.

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Hi thereI woz wondering if anyone could help me. I am currently evaluating Windows Vista Final and did an upgrade install (which took about 3 hours :-( )On first boot up beside the relatively small amount of software that was incompatible everything seems fine, except for one thing. I have two hard disks. (C) & (D) and the D drive that worked fine under XP is installed and reports to be working properly but is totally iaccessable giving the message:- D: is not accessable. Access is denied. Any ideas please? its driving me mad.Thanks in advanceGuybrush1

Answer:'Access denied' to second hard drive ;-(

You probably need to take ownership of the files.I have no idea how it is done in Vista but in XP:-If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro. Try ?taking ownership? of the file/folder before it can be accessed. First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick ?Use simple file sharing?, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file?s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.To take ownership of the file (it?s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it. click here

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All my system Drives except C: is showing Access Denied while double clicking on the drive icon. I can Right click and select to open to open a drive. But Double Clicking is Not working. I am not sure is it a problem with any virus or not. I used all antivirus to check it, But didnt get any. I tried to format the drive also, then also it continues. Once after partitining the drive the problem got solved. but again the same continues.
Any other method to sollve this issue

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Hi ;0)

I used to have a computer that had windows xp on it. It took a dump and I bought another pc that has windows vista on it. The old puter died before I could get anything off the hard drive.

So I've taken the hard drive out of the old puter with xp and bought one of those thingies that you put it in and now its connected to my new computer with a usb plug.

You would think I could access the files on it right? Wrong lol it won't let me open them. Well it lets me open like the my document file and I can see all those other files inside that I need desperatly but when I try to open them it says I don't have permission to access them. I been fiddling around with permissions and stuff but I just can't find anything that works. Please help :) All my web page files are on that old drive and need them before I can update.

I hope I'm in the right thread this is a tricky one to figure out.

Oh one more thing you should know. On the old computer I set a password to access the desktop because I have 4 year old who likes to click click when I'm not around.
So I would turn on puter and the page would open asking for password then I would type password in and the desktop would appear like magic lol Is that why I can't access my files now? I have the same set up on the new puter for the same 4 year old reason grrrrrr.

Answer:File Access Denied on G: drive

try taking ownership of the files

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My external dvd/cd drive (Sony DRX S7OU W) previously worked from this computer running on Windows 7 but I now receive the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access them." The same dvd/cd drive continues to work on other computers. All other devices that I link to this port (camera, ipod) continue to function. I tried new firmware downloaded from Sony but this did not help. Suggestions?

Answer:Access denied to external dvd/cd drive

Hi Purplemartin,
connect to another USB port, if it does'nt work, go to Device Manager & uninstall it. Power of your pc, plug it into another port, power on your PC. If still not ok try another cable.

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I have a few Windows XP laptops that are getting the same error. When you put a USB drive in you get "E:\ is not accessible. Access is Denied" I only get this if the laptop is not loged into the doamin, when they are home. When they are in the office the everything works fine. The admin beofree me had a very involved GPO with I have disabled and I also ran the dcgpofix to restore the domain GPO to default. What else should I look at?

Answer:USB drive is not accessible. Access is Denied

are the usb drives formatted in ntfs, could be a permission error. you could look at the permissions and see if only the username thats is logged into the domain is the only person with read/write access.

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i had windows 7 operating system before..and as i installed windows 7 ...D was not accesible i had to take the ownership of D drive to access i have installed WINDOWS XP operating system...and now i m not able to access my D drive ...please help me to access it..HERE IS THE SCREENSHOT WHEN I M TRYING TO ACCESS MY DRIVE

Answer:D drive not accesible (access denied)

You may need to take ownership of the files/ folders on that partition/drive. Read the MS link below to learn how.

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Why cant i open my C;\ drive it wont let me double click on it or rigth click on it?,
I cant download anything why?

Answer:C:\ Drive not accessible/Access is denied

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Finally in version 10565 you are able to move/install Apps to other location than C:\Program Files\WindowsApps
To change permissions for C:\Program Files\WindowsApps to be able to see what was inside the folder was easy however to do the same on D:\WindowsApps seems to be impossible.
Tried to change permission / ownership but still no luck.
Have hooked up the HDD to another PC and deleted the folder.
After restarting Windows 10 the folder is gone, however when I try to make a new folder WindowsApps I am told that it can not be created as it already exists!!!???. But how?

Any comment appreciated

Answer:WindowsApps on D:\ Drive - Access Denied

Having the same problem. When I try to change owner of directory it does not work. "Can not establish owner..."
After deleting the directory (Only possible with USB/WinPE) Rebooting into Windows 10 and trying to make new
directory fails. Folder already exist! However can't be found even when hidden folders are shown.

Why make all these things so difficult! Soon I will give up on Windows 10 and stay with my Windows 7 (and MAC)

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Hello friends,
when I try to open drives in my computer , I get a message "access denied". Then I try to open by right clicking it and click open, then also the same message. The drives are only opened by clicking on the address bar and choosing the drive.
Please help me.

Answer:Drive Opening - Access denied

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I am the only user of this computer. Originally, I had no problems. About a month ago this big red circle appeared on the disk drive and I am denied access, and am told I do not have permission to view or edit. I can't even format a disk, not anything.

Answer:Denied access to my disk drive

Have you or someone else enabled BitLocker Drive Encryption? You can find this in Control Panel.A bit from the Help Section regarding BitLocker..'During computer startup, if BitLocker detects a system condition that could represent a security risk (for example, disk errors, a change to the BIOS , or changes to any startup files), it will lock the drive and require a special BitLocker recovery password to unlock it. Make sure that you create this recovery password when you turn on BitLocker for the first time; otherwise, you could permanently lose access to your files.'

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I have a new laptop that is pre-loaded with windows 7 OS. When trying to open folders and
files, it states "access denied." And what I found out when trying to expand C:\drive to access the Root Directory. It states, "access denied." I can't even download the program, "Adobe PDF," and place it in programs ??? Need some words of wisdom.............. Windows 7 OS

Answer:Windows 7---- C:\ drive access denied

Are there multiple users on the computer?

Some of the manufactors make it like that, so that it's completely failproof... Maybe there's an administrator login?

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Dear all,

I'm running Windows XP on a high specced desktop pc, 200 gb total partitioned hdds, 512 RAM, 3.3 processor.

A friend gave me an internal DVD RW drive, but because I have a desktop, no stack, I bought a safecome 5.25 susb2-525acf portable adapter box, so the internal drive can run externally, and sits in the box, plugged into the power.

The problem is, when I try to install the DVD RW Drive, it shows up as a 'Pioneer dvd rw' rather than a Teac DV-W50D, and tells me 'access is denied' 'cannot install hardware'.

The Portable adapter box seems to be installed ok.

What do I do to gain access and install my DVD RW Drive after plugging it into it's portable box?

Thanks for reading

Answer:Access is denied, cannot install dvd rw drive


Originally Posted by keira

...but because I have a desktop, no stack...

I'm not sure what you mean by ^this^, Keira.

What is the reason that you haven't installed the new drive into the case of your desktop machine? Is there a drive already installed, or is there simply no 5?" drive bay for it to go into? That's probably going to be the best way to install the drive.

The fact that it's showing up as an entirely different model is a sign that the installation has failed in some way, so you're going to have to carry that out again. I'd suggest fitting the drive inside the case (if that's possible) rather than in the external case; sometimes external drive bays can be a little flaky, plus I'd be looking to eliminate that from the troubleshooting steps.

Also, in order to install the drive correctly, you're going to need to be logged in with an account that has 'Load and Unload Device Drivers' allowed on it; usually (but not exclusively), this would need to be a member of the local administrators group; can you confirm that you're logged in with such an account whilst attempting the install?

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Hi everyone, newcomer here. been searching the web for days trying to get my C drive unlocked again. me being an idiot wanted to mess with the groups (admin, system etc) permissions by deleting them, thinking it would default like most things do. it did not. so i am in a world of frustration. i have tried system restores, CMD as admin, takeown, safemodes, you name it. when i tried the above step in desktop, it says its not valid, and will not open. i try saving and opening in a removable drive and it says there is an error in the x86 filepath. i cannot access ANYTHING that is on my c drive and i am running on windows 7 ultimate. i have also tried an upgrade repair, but alas, it cannot upgrade. please help, i cannot backup and all my restore points are now from after the incident, and I'd rather not have to do a clean install to get everything back.

Answer:locked out/access denied on C drive

Hello castleofanime and to Bleeping Computer
It is recommended to type bump into a post so it goes up in the forum views than create new topics, but anyways:
Windows Repair AIO - Default
Windows Repair All-In-One
NOTE: Before following to step below, please disable your Antivirus software or any other real-time security software that you have enabled.
Boot in Safe Mode with Networking;
Download the portable version of Windows Repair All-In-One;
Move the file (archive) on your Desktop, and extract it there;
Go in the tweaking.com_windows_repair_aio folder, then - Windows Repair folder, right-click on Repair_Windows.exe and select Run as Administrator;
From there, click on the Next button until you are presented with an Open Repairs button and click on it;
Let the Registry back up complete, and move on to the check-list window;
Leave all the items checked by default;
Click on the Start Repairs button and let the scan execute;
If you are being prompted with a Security Warning, allow it to go through;
Once the repair is complete, it'll ask you to restart your computer, please do it;
Can you access your C drive now? 

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Can any one help please? I run a home net work, 2 mcs linked by a cross over cable. Both PCs have XP home. On the main mc I have Norton Antivirus and Zonealarm Pro Firewall. On boot up I get the message "Norton Protection: access to Drive C: denied" this is stopping my network from working. I believe it is a conflict between ZA and Norton but I cannot fathom how to solve the problem.

Answer:c drive access denied by norton

Just disable Norton and ZA and restart. Re-apply ZA and see what happens.

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I am attempting to retrieve files from a Sandisk Cruzer flash drive, but I get a message saying "G not accessible, access is denied."

I went to change the permissions to take ownership of the drive but there was no security tab.

I searched thru the forums and first tried the recommendation to download this:
Add-Restore_Security_Tab.reg But nothing changed.

Then I tried to add the tab in Group Policy Editor, but I couldn't find a group policy editor.( I have Windows 7 Home Premium)
I am not very well-versed in computers so I don't want to go any further on my own. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!!

Answer:Access denied message on G drive

Hi there. Just to check with you, does this happen to all USB drives or just this particular flash drive? Might need to check on the format; NTFS, or FAT32.

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Access Denied
Hi ,
I want to delete some files/folders from a local network shared external drive.
These files/folders are copies of the "C" drive of a discontinued Vista machine.
The external drive is accessible to a Vista Laptop on the same network.
On that laptop I created a user account with administrator privileges where the user name is equal to the owner of the difficult files.
I turned off user account control and ran RMDIR /S from a elevated cmd prompt in safe mode.
I still get access denied.
I need a way to access these files to delete them.
Frank C

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When I try to access my floppy A drive I get the message A:\is not accessible. The device is not ready. I have installed a brand new drive. Also when I run a scan it says no drives are detected.
Any suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:Floppy A Drive-Access Denied

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Win XP Pro. NTFS. Double clicking on drive icon shows ACCESS DENIED error for drive D. All other drives works fine. This error started appearing after i tried some steps with folder security, but have restore all the previous settings. Tried ownership settings and registry settings. No virus. Right click -> Explore works fine. Your opinion!!

Answer:Hard Drive Access Denied

there cud be somik rong wiv ur hdd"There could be something wrong with your hard disk drive"From the forum rules:When posting, please use proper grammar. Refrain from 'text-message' style substitutions of words like 'u' for 'you', and 'ur' for 'your'. This is a multi-national forum, and some of our non-english speaking members must use translation software which is confused by abbreviations. Most of our volunteer members are very busy helping as many people as they can, and a post that is hard to read will often be overlooked.

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I have been having all kinds of problems with my computer lately. The newest one is making me crazy. I want to install the coupon program for my printer but it tells me I don't have enough room. So when I go to delete programs I don't need or use, it tells me access denied drive c://
I have tried everything I can think of but nothing has worked. Earlier I had to use the pc recovery disks that came with my computer just to reinstall my printer, could that have something to do with it?
Please someone help! Thanks.

Answer:Disk drive c:/ Access denied

Your post has a lot going on there.

First, the coupon program is adware. It will clutter your browser, slow down your system, and probably cause you problems and grief later on. Is that worth the 50 cents off a box of cereal?

Second, you should never delete anything from your hard drive that you didn't create yourself like Word documents, videos, pictures, etc. If you want to uninstall programs, you go to Add/Remove Programs. Do not delete a program's files manually.

Third, if you used the recovery disks that came with your computer, then you must have rolled the whole thing back to the way it was when you bought it. That means anything that happened before you ran the restore has nothing at all to do with what's happening now. That seems like a pretty extreme step to take to install a printer, so I'm wondering what other problems are going on with that system.

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Tonight out of the blue in attempting to access a floppy in Word which I've used quite a fewtimes before I received the message "You do not have access to the folder A:\. See your administrator for access to this folder". This is my home computer and I have no administrator so I don't quite understand what's going on. Can anyone help, please?

Answer:Denied access to A:\ drive in Word

It's either a faulty/damaged floppy or, if not, try System Restore

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Hi Guys,

I have a dell laptop running Windows 7 Pro (x64). I have few systems in the network with some running Win 7 and others Win XP.

I wanted to share the C and D drives of my laptop. So I selected D Drive and chose advanced sharing, (Everyone) and shared it. This way my network systems are able to access/modify the D drive.

The same I did for C drive. But in this case though we can see the C Drive shared in network but when we tried to access it we get message access is denied. The settings in network sharing center is fine (password sharing is off and access to public folder sharing is on).

What should I do to fix this ? I just want a read only access to C drive. (I also tried sharing a folder in C drive but the same error comes.)



Answer:Shared C Drive but access denied

The C drive is a protected drive and sharing this will expose operating system files to external clients on the network. Do this at your own risk

When you set the sharing permission to allow everyone to view that particular drive or folder then this will apply to the local users on that machine. In order to apply this to a LAN you need to make sure that all the clients are in the same workgroup and that they have the exact same username and password as a user on the machine that is sharing the drive or folder.

Unless you have changed the workgroup settings these will all be the same. If you have then simply make sure that they are all the same.

Next you will need to create a user on a machine with the same username and password as a user on the host machine.

For example if machine A is sharing a folder and is logged on as 'Shadow' with the password of 'Pa55word', then in order to access that folder on machine B I will need to create a user with the username of 'Shadow' and a password of 'Pa55word' for the authentication to work.

I understand that this is a pain but since this is the C drive windows tries to protect unauthorised access. You should not need to complete this for any other shared folder that is not on the C drive with the Everyone permission applied.

Hope this Helps,

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