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[Solved] Access Denied When Copying Files Windows 10/8/7

Updated on Oct 17, 2018 by Brithny to Data Recovery

Summary

Cannot copy folder and files because the access is denied! If you get the access denied error while copying files, try changing its ownership or get the proper permissions, or you can recover your data from that folder. Follow the try-and-true solutions to fix 'access denied' error when copying files now.

Can't Copy Files! File Access Denied Windows 10/8/7

"When I try to copy or open the files from my C drive Windows 10, I get an access denied error message: error copying file or folder, access denied. Is there any way to deal with this situation?" 

If you are faced with an access denied file or folder error on your Windows system, you are not alone. Many Windows users have got it. This usually occurs when they are accessing or making changes to a file or folder. Sometimes the error appears when copying files or upgrading from a previous version of Windows. 

access denied when copying files

How to Fix Access Denied Error When Copying Files

This annoying issue stops you from opening or copying the file or folder. And there may be some important data in that folder but you can’t access them now. But not to worry. Here are two solutions that can help you fix this error or save your data:

Solution 1. Recover Your Data from the Inaccessible Folder

In order to avoid any data loss trouble on the inaccessible files or folder, it’s a wise choice for you to restore data from the inaccessible folder first. 
Powerful data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, will help you to restore deleted, lost or formatted data with a few simple clicks. You can directly download and apply this software to retrieve data from an inaccessible hard drive, USB or other devices with the steps below:

Step 1. Run folder recovery software.

  • Launch EaseUS folder recovery software on your PC.
  • Connect the device to your computer if the lost folder is saved on an external storage device.
  • Click "Specify a location" to choose the exact location where you lost the folder.
  • Click "Scan" to begin scanning lost folder with files.
Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost folder.

  • You can use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name.
  • Or you can check and find them from "Deleted Files", "Drive (with your device name)".
Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover the lost folder.

Last, select the folder and choose to save it to a new & secure spot on your PC by clicking "Recover".

Restore lost folder data.

The access denied error when copying files may occur if you don’t have the ownership of the file or folder or the ownership has changed. You can try taking the ownership and see if this resolves the problem.

Solution 2. Take the Ownership of the File or Folder 

Notice
You should log on your operating system as an administrator before you go on.

For Windows 10/8 users to take the ownership

  • Right-click the problem file or folder. Then select Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, and then the Advanced button. This will open Advanced Security Settings for this file or folder.
  • Click Change to change the owner.
  • Type the account name to the box under Enter the object name to select. Then click the Check Names button (and the computer will complete the object name for you). After that, click OK.
  • If you want to take the ownership of all the files and subfolders in this folder, select the check box of Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object. Then click OK. 
  • Click OK to save the changes and close the Properties dialog.
  • Try opening or making changes to the file or folder and see if the access denied error disappears.

For Windows 7 users to take the ownership 

  • Right-click the problem file or folder. Then select Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, and then the Advanced button. This will open the Advanced Security Settings for this file or folder.
  • Click the Owner tab. Then click the Edit button to change the owner.
  • Click the Other users or groups button to choose the user manually.
  • Type the account name to the box under Enter the object name to select. Then click the Check Names button (to let the computer to enter the complete object name for you). After that, click OK.
  • Check Replace owner on the sub-containers and objects If you want to take the ownership of all the files and subfolders. Then click OK.
  • Click OK to apply the changes. Check and see if the error disappears.