Windows 10: unable to access .CMD and .EXE files from explorer on external drives.

Discus and support unable to access .CMD and .EXE files from explorer on external drives. in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I opened up my system today only to discover that i am unable to access any of my programs i have installed on external drives. the drives themselves... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Cybot, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Cybot Win User

    unable to access .CMD and .EXE files from explorer on external drives.


    I opened up my system today only to discover that i am unable to access any of my programs i have installed on external drives. the drives themselves are being detected and by windows, and are being assigned a drive letter, but if i try and open a program from explorer, I get a misleading error message : "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I spent all day setting, unsetting, and resetting NTFS permissions on the drive to no avail. I found i could open up programs I had installed onto the external drives i

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    Cybot, Jun 10, 2021
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  2. Remon Ont Win User

    External Hard Drive

    Hi John,

    We suggest that you try the troubleshooting steps below:

    • Open your External Hard Drive file in File Explorer.
    • Type the name of the file you want to search on the search box and click Enter.
    The file will show up in Search Results and you will be able to move it to the correct folder.

    Let us know if you need further help.
     
    Remon Ont, Jun 10, 2021
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  3. Eric Ber Win User
    External Drive "not accessible"

    Hi,

    Corrupted USB controller is one of the possible reasons why you are unable to access your external hard drive. We suggest that you follow the troubleshooting steps provided in this

    link
    to resolve the issue.

    Should you need further assistance, don't hesitate to get back to us.
     
    Eric Ber, Jun 10, 2021
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  4. Paolo Mag Win User

    unable to access .CMD and .EXE files from explorer on external drives.

    Unable to access Drives

    Hi Suneel,

    One of the reasons why you're unable to access your hard disk or an external hard drive is that these drives have been corrupted. For us to provide an accurate resolution, kindly elaborate the issue by answering the questions listed below:

    • Are you trying to access external hard drives or just partitioned drives on your PC?
    • Were there any changes on your PC before this happened like software or updates installed?

    Just to make sure, kindly verify if your hard drive is reflected in your Device Manager. Kindly follow the steps listed below to check it:

    • Press the Start button.
    • Type Device Manager.
    • Under Disk drives, kindly check if there's an error on the hard drive listed.

    We'll be waiting for your reply.
     
    Paolo Mag, Jun 10, 2021
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