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Access Denied on USB Hard Drive After Reinstalling Vista


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#1 skuddle

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:43 PM

After reinstalling Vista SP1 I cannot access the files in my USB hard drive. I can change permissions for the volumes on them and back up those volumes (right click and select Properties), but when I click on them I get an "Access Denied" message.

 

When I reinstalled Vista I had forgotten to disconnect that USB hard drive. What do I need to do to be able to access their files? They contain several years of backups.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 08:49 AM

See if taking ownership of the drive works.

 


Edited by JohnC_21, 10 December 2015 - 08:49 AM.


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 05:55 PM

I tried that. Didn't work. Do you have any other suggestions?

 

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:08 PM

Try the following. On an elevated command prompt. Type CMD in the search box and Right Click > Run as Administrator. Login to an admin account. 

 

Type the following commands where X is your external drive letter.. Make sure you are typing the correct drive letter for your external drive. 

takeown /F X:\ /r /d y      
icacls "X:\" /reset /t





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