Windows 10: When I plug in an external drive I cannot rename any folder

Discus and support When I plug in an external drive I cannot rename any folder in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; When I plug in an external drive, e.g. a WD 8 TB, I cannot rename any folder there. Creating, copying folders work. What could I do to rename a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Enter, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Enter Win User

    When I plug in an external drive I cannot rename any folder


    When I plug in an external drive, e.g. a WD 8 TB, I cannot rename any folder there. Creating, copying folders work.

    What could I do to rename a folder?

    :)
     
    Enter, Jan 7, 2019
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  2. nate_995 Win User

    unable to rename external hard drive

    I tried what you said, but it still says "you need permission to perform this action". I have access to everything on the drive. It is only the autorun.inf that i no longer have access to and because of that when i rename the drive it shows the new name
    in disk management but it stays the same in my computer. I am using windows 10 pro.
     
    nate_995, Jan 7, 2019
    #2
  3. External drive

    Hi Richard,

    There are several factors that can cause your external drive to not read DVDs even though the system is recognizing the device. This could be caused by a driver that needs to updated or corrupted files. For us to resolve your concern, kindly answer the questions
    below:

    • Just to confirm, the device that is not working properly is a external DVD optical drive?
    • Were there any recent changes or updates installed on your computer?
    • Have you tried to plug the external drive to a different port on your computer?

    As a initial recommendation, we suggest that your run the built in troubleshooter in Windows 10. Kindly refer to the steps below:

    • Type “Troubleshooting” in the Search bar and press Enter.
    • Click on “View All” in the top left corner.
    • This will display the list of troubleshooters which are built-in in the computer. You can click on
      Hardware and Devices from the list and you can run the troubleshooter.

    This will check for common errors that affect hardware on your computer and attempts to correct them.

    We look forward to your response after completing the steps.
     
    Jordan Dom, Jan 7, 2019
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  4. When I plug in an external drive I cannot rename any folder

    Computer freezes and Explorer doen't respond when I plug an external Hard drive

    Hello jobkakule,

    The issue is possibly caused by corrupted data or bad sectors on your external hard drive or could be a sign of a failing hard drive.

    To better assist you with your concern, I'd like to know the following:

    • Confirm which build is currently installed on your device. To check, follow the steps below:
    1. Press Windows key + R, then type in winver.
    2. Click OK.
    • Have you tried plugging your external hard drive to a different USB port? Also, check if you can access the drive by plugging it to a different computer.
    • What is the make and model of your computer?

    Meanwhile, I'd suggest to repair the bad sectors on your external hard drive. Kindly refer to the steps below:

    (Let's just assume that the drive letter for your external hard drive is E. If not, please do change it to the correct drive letter)

    1. Plug in your external hard drive. Click on Start, search for
    Command Prompt, right-click on it and select Run as administrator.

    2. Type in the following command below and press Enter after each command:

    Chkdsk /f E:

    Chkdsk /r E:

    3. Reboot your computer after the scan is completed.

    Looking forward to your response.

    Regards.
     
    Melchizedek Qui, Jan 7, 2019
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