Windows 10: Access denied to external drive

Discus and support Access denied to external drive in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I have a high capacity NTFS formatted external drive that gives me Access denied error. I previously had it permanently plugged into one of these,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Rendt.Gorter, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. Access denied to external drive


    I have a high capacity NTFS formatted external drive that gives me Access denied error.


    I previously had it permanently plugged into one of these, although infrequently used, and recently encountered this problem.

    I have attempted all remedies I could find, on this and similar forums:

    • I tried on a different Windows 10 Pro PC
    • chkdsk /f
    • sfc /scannow
    • reset owner of all contents

    I am working with Administrator privileges.

    All these process executed successfully but did not enable access.

    When I run CMD with administrator priviliges I do get read/write access.

    I can see that I have effective ownership.

    But I cannot gain access from within Windows even with Admin privileges.

    It is not practical to backup the contents and reformat. I dont have a similar sized drive. 2000GB
    What else can I try?

    Thanks

    :)
     
    Rendt.Gorter, Jun 20, 2020
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  2. External drive access denied

    i have an external drive, its working fine, and at one day i cant copy anything to my external drive, adn a few days later i cant access the external drive

    it said access denied. ive browse a solution in internet but none of those work, so can i get the solution?
     
    RendiRetnandito, Jun 20, 2020
    #2
  3. Access Denied to any external drive

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    I understand that you are facing issues with accessing external drives on your PC, as it gives access denied error. I certainly appreciate your efforts in trying to resolve the issue by following certain troubleshooting steps.



    Let’s try a couple of troubleshooting steps and see if that helps.



    Method 1:



    Try resetting the permissions using icacls command and see if that helps.



    1. Press Windows +
      S
      key together to open Search.
    2. Now type CMD and select Run as administrator.
    3. Accept the UAC prompts.
    4. Type in the following command and hit Enter:

      ICACLS * /reset /t /c /q
    5. Restart the PC


    Method 2:



    Enable built-in administrator and check if you are able to access the external drives. Kindly follow the steps mentioned below:



    1. Now press Windows +
      S key together to open Search.
    2. Now type CMD and select Run as administrator.
    3. Accept the UAC prompts.
    4. Type in the following commands one by one and hit
      Enter
      :

      net user administrator /active:yes


    If you are able to access the drives in built-in administrator, then create a new user account using built-in administrator and check if you are still able to access the drives. Refer the article

    Create a local user or administrator account in Windows 10




    Let us know how it goes.



    Regards,

    Prakhar Khare

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Prakhar_Khare, Jun 20, 2020
    #3
  4. Access denied to external drive

    Access denied in external hard drive

    Access denied in external hard drive in windows 10
     
    MANIDEEPAPAL, Jun 20, 2020
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