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Access Denied on hard drive

By micstatic
Jan 10, 2009
  1. Hello folks,
    I am running Vista Home premium 32. I recently reinstalled my vista operating system and now my 2nd internal hard drive reads Access Denied. If I turn off UAC I can get access to the files, but when I turn it back on it goes back to saying access denied. Does anybody know how to make this problem go away? At worst case, would reformatting the drive restore to normal? Thanks so much if you can help.
     
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Its about security and taking ownership of the drive contents, as by default all files are assigned the rights of the previous install, this means your current install has no rights to read the files on the 2nd drive.

    Im sure there was a thread somewhere on it, i did do a quick guide for XP but im not sure if the same procedure applies to Vista, here's the link anyway http://homepage.ntlworld.com/judslat/rights/

    regards
     
  3. micstatic

    micstatic TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply. I've tried that already to no avail.
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Information you need can be found with a search for "Access Denied" on the Microsoft website... and are heavily represented with Gurgle searches as well... too much to post here, but generally an easy fix.
     
  5. micstatic

    micstatic TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I had already tried those steps to take ownership to no avail. Will reformatting remove this problem?
     
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Reformatting it will work, if you can reformat. But how can you do that if Access is Denied.
    Worth a try.
     
  7. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    AS raybay mentionned reformatting is the best solution for that. As when it ask you that Access Denied then you can't do anything except that, even a program won't be able to do nothing.
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    may I suggest Once Administrators is the owner, Add yourself with <Full Control> to avoid necessity of Safe Reboot (for XP/Home) or login as Admin (XP/Pro)
     
  9. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Thanks for that Jo i must add that to the link.
     
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    :wave:

    Here's another if you want to enhance the info;

    Instead of using the <Everyone> group (which includes remote accessors),
    replace it with the <Users> group to allow only users with accounts on your system.
    Managing the members of <Users> then manages all accessors :)
     
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