Folder Is Not Accessible Access Is Denied

Jean updated on Sep 19, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Here a 3-step guide is offered to help fix Windows error - folder is not accessible access is denied in Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista. Whenever your attempt to open a folder or access a specified file failed due to folder access denied error, feel free to download EaseUS file recovery software to retrieve inaccessible data files with the least effort.

"Lately I frequently get an error while trying to open any folder in File Explorer, it says folder is not accessible access is denied. Kind of driving me nuts. How do I get rid of the folder access denied error? I'm so worried about losing my folder contents."

What should you do when access to a folder/file is denied

It seems that a majority of Windows users have at least once encountered the exact problem when trying to click on a folder or even a specified document, image or video file. "XXX folder is not accessible. Access is denied" appearing on a dialogue box usually occurs in two situations, one of which suggests that your computer files have been mysteriously encrypted by virus, and the other is apparent to see that you don't have the required permission, mostly on the PC with multiple user accounts.

In addition, which is also very likely to happen, "the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" accounts for another commonly accepted failure to get into some computer files.

At this moment, you should take immediate actions to work the problem out, to reduce the worry of losing your stuff.

How to fix folder access denied error in Windows 10/8.1/7/XP/Vista

With those discussed factors in mind, it's no longer difficult to find solutions for the folder cannot be opened and accessed due to access denied error. Altogether, we gave 3 suggestions here, simply follow the suggested fixes step by step, and do your best to avoid data loss.

Tip 1. Gain file/folder read permissions

  • Right-click the file or folder, and then click "Properties".
  • Click the "Security" tab.
  • Under "Group" or "usernames", click your name to see the permissions that you have.
  • Click "Edit", click your name, select the check boxes for the permissions that you must have, and then click "OK".

Tip 2. Cancel the encryption protection

  • Right-click the file or folder, and then click "Properties".
  • Click the "General" tab, then click "Advanced".
  • If the "Encrypted contents to secure data" check box is selected, you must use the certificate to decrypt the file or folder to be able to open it.

Tip 3. Use data recovery software to get back inaccessible files and folders

Take the last resort in case of either taking ownership or decrypting files and folders didn't help. EaseUS data recovery software can search through a hard disk or partition for all lost, deleted, hidden and inaccessible files with simple 3 clicks. It's ideal file recovery software especially when you're not given the proper access to an unreadable or inaccessible data file on Windows.


1. If you deleted or lost folders on an external device, stop using the device and connect it to your computer.
2. If you deleted a folder on your PC, check the recycle bin firstly to see if the folder is there.
3. If not, relax. Refer to professional file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for help right now:

Step 1. Run EaseUS file recovery software.

1. Select a hard drive, external device or click "Specify a location" to choose the exact location where you lost folder on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard window.
2. Click "Scan" to let this tool scan lost folder.

Run data recovery software.

Step 2. Preview found folder file.

1. Check found files in "Deleted Files", "Drive (with your device name)" or you can use "Search" to quickly find your lost folder by searching the folder name.
2. Double click found files to preview them.

Preview lost folder data.

Step 3. Restore the found folder and data.

Last, you can choose the folder file and navigate to save them to a secure location on your PC or on an external storage device by clicking "Recover".

Recover lost folder data.

You should be able to open and access the recovered items without getting the error "folder is not accessible, access is denied".


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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