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Hard Drive is not accessible.

How to Fix Hard Drive is not accessible. “Access is denied”

'The "Hard Drive is not accessible.". 'Access is denied' is one of the most prevalent errors that renders hard drives inaccessible and, in the worst-case scenario, results in data loss. This blog will provide you with solutions to the problem.

One of the most crucial storage components of a computer is the hard disc. It can store text, photographs, audio, movies, and other forms of data. Any problem with these hard discs could render the data saved on them inaccessible. Such inaccessibility is typically supported by various error messages. One of the most common error messages that renders hard drives inaccessible is "the hard disc is not accessible." "You have been denied access."

What does the error “Access is Denied” mean?

The error message is displayed. When a hard drive is not accessible, it means that there is a problem with it that has rendered it unusable. Data could be lost in the worst-case situation.

How do I fix access denied external hard drive?

The issues listed above can arise in a number of scenarios and on different operating systems. According to the error notice, the hard disc has gone corrupt.

To get out of the dilemma, you can use one of the two alternatives stated below:


How Can I Manually Fix This Error?

  1. a) If you’re using Windows 10,

If you're running Windows 10, the instructions below will help you access your inaccessible drive:

  • Select Properties from the right-click menu on the unavailable drive.

  • Now navigate to the 'Properties' page.

  • Click the 'Edit' button after selecting 'Security' from the drop-down menu.

  • The "Permissions for New Volume (E:)" dialogue box appears, as shown in the image below. Click the 'Add' button to proceed.

  • To create a new user named 'Authenticated User,' click OK.

  • In the permissions area, give the newly added user "full control" and click "OK."

  • The dialogue box will have two options: 'Continue' or 'Cancel.'

  • Finally, after pressing Continue, press Cancel...

  • You've completed your task.


b) If you’re using Windows 7,

You can see this problem if you're using Windows 7, and you're using Homegroup, and you've shared a root drive E: and then left the Homegroup. This condition will prevent you from accessing the shared drive and will result in the error message below.

To fix this problem, open Windows Explorer and perform the following steps:

  • With a right-click, choose the inaccessible hard disc.

  • After that, select Properties.

  • Select Advanced from the drop-down option on the Security tab.

  • Select ‘Edit' from the Owner tab.

  • It is possible to change who owns the desired account.

If you are unable to access any file or folder on a Windows 7 drive, you can also attempt the following option.

  • With a right-click, select the inaccessible file or folder.

  • After that, select Properties.

  • Select the Security tab from the drop-down menu.

  • Click your name under "group or username." This will show you the file and folder access rights you have.


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