Quick FIX to Windows Unable to access external hard drive

Did you tried to do the following –

  1. Use a different USB
  2. Give the drive more power
  3. Try using a different USB port
  4. Disconnected all other USB devices being used
  5. Copied the driver or downloaded it via. Internet
  6. Formatted the external hard drive using other system that is able to give you access to it.

Then the only thing left is to check the system you are running and using to get access to the external hard drive.


{Compatible with Windows 8, 7, XP, ME, Vista, 98, 2000 (32/64)
File Size: 4.9MB Download Time: <(dsl, 2sec, dialup 2min)>}

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Follow these steps to get rid of your trouble; Windows Unable to access external hard drives, Access denied to external hard drive.

Symptoms –

  • The symptoms have already been discussed.

Causes –

  • You don’t have permission to access the drive.
  • The file you are trying to access is corrupt.
  • If you are using any third party security software, they may be blocking the file.

Solutions –

Method 1. Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

  • Press ‘Windows key on the keyboard.
  • Type ‘Troubleshooting’, and press enter.
  • Click on ‘Hardware and Sound’ and select ‘Hardware and Devices’.
  • Then click on next to run the troubleshooter.

Method 2. Change the Ownership Rights

  • Right-click the Drive whose ownership you want to take and then Click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, Click Advanced, and then Click the Owner tab.
  • Click Edit. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.
  • If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this folder, select the Replace owner on sub containers and objects check box.
  • Click OK.

Method 3. Disk Check Up

  • Open elevated Command Prompt
  • Type e: and press Enter
    (e: only when you haven’t changed the name/letter of the external hard drive, if you have then use that with ‘:’ in the end without spaces.)
  • Type chkdsk/r and press Enter
  • When prompted to dismount and schedule chkdsk on next restart, type “Y” (without quotes) and then press enter.
  • Restart the computer.


{Compatible with Windows 8, 7, XP, ME, Vista, 98, 2000 (32/64)
File Size: 4.9MB Download Time: <(dsl, 2sec, dialup 2min)>}

If the above steps didn’t worked out for you problem; Windows Unable to access external hard drive, Access denied to external hard drive, then try using Advanced System Repair Tool. This tool will help you scan and clean your system. It also repairs the damages caused by them and acts as a data controller and optimizer for your system.


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