Windows 10: Write access denied on External HDD

Discus and support Write access denied on External HDD in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; When I try to copy anything to my WD passport external HDD, it says "You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file" and when I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by SmitKiri, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. SmitKiri Win User

    Write access denied on External HDD


    When I try to copy anything to my WD passport external HDD, it says "You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file" and when I click continue, it just asks me to try again. But this does not happen when I boot in safe mode.


    Here's what I've tried so far:

    • Formatting drive with NTFS and exFAT file systems
    • Deleting partition and creating a new one with NTFS/ext3/exFAT file systems
    • Formatting the drive on a MacBook with exFAT file system, I'm able to write on the HDD using the MacBook though.
    • Check for errors from the properties menu, earlier it said "There is some problem with this drive, click repair drive" but there was no repair option. After formatting, it says not error found.
    • Checked for errors using chkdsk F: /F /R /X, still no errors found


    None of these things work. Any help would be appreciated.

    :)
     
    SmitKiri, Apr 21, 2020
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  2. vamainiac Win User

    Access denied to external hdd since updates installed

    My issue is basically the same as some old posts and I have tried all suggestions with no luck.

    I am running Win 10 recently updated with a Western Digital external T2 hdd. My explorer view sees the drive on my network, however access is denied telling me to see my administrator. WD Quick View identifies the external drive as well as data contained on it with no luck to access. I have tried different cables, connections, etc with no luck. I tried adding line in regedit to take control of hdd and sub folders with no luck. This denial is recent, probably within the past 5 days following updates installed.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks much --
     
    vamainiac, Apr 21, 2020
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  3. David_440 Win User
    Permissions: External HDD Access Denied

    Ok I managed to do both steps successfully, but this problem has returned.

    I had access to the drive and while copying my files over, it eventually said the drive copying from, does not exist. When I went back to "This PC" I saw my harddrive has reverted back and since then had no access.

    I have disconnected the HDD, and on occasion Windows cannot disconnect "due to being in use by other programs" , when all windows/programs relating to the harddrive is closed.

    Going back to Command Prompt and re-doing these steps yields: "Error: Access denied".

    Is this some kind of virus?

    And will it be sorted out if I eventually format the harddrive?
     
    David_440, Apr 21, 2020
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  4. Ken 1948 Win User

    Write access denied on External HDD

    backup cant access external hdd after creators update

    after upgrading to creators update backup software is denied access to external wd hdd. I can access files on the external hdd using explorer
     
    Ken 1948, Apr 21, 2020
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