Fix You Don't Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder

Abby Haines updated on Dec 28, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Here are three solutions for 'You don't currently have permission to access this folder' issue: clicking the security tab to gain access or change the ownership, or recovering data with EaseUS data recovery software. You can try them one by one to view and recover your files from PC, USB flash drive or external hard drive in Windows 10/8/7.

About "You Don't Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder" Error

"I'm having trouble in accessing my files on my USB flash drive. Whenever I try to open the folder, it gives me an error message that 'You don't currently have permission to access this folder'. Is there any way to fix the issue. I just want to view my files."

You don't currently have permission to access this folder error

The error can be caused for various reasons. Have you ever gone through trouble with a painful problem and find yourself completely puzzled on how to solve it? Let's figure out the reasons first.

Solution 1. Gain Access by Allowing Everyone
Solution 2. Change the Ownership of the File/Folder
Solution 3. Access and Recover Data with Data Recovery Software

Reasons "You Don't Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder" Error

While attempting to save a file in a folder or while accessing a folder on a Windows 10 PC, you might get "You don’t currently have permission to access this folder, click Continue to permanently get access this folder" error. Several factors will lead to this error:

1. Remove a user or group from "Group or user names" on the folder’s "Security" tab.

2. Application of an explicit "Deny" to the user or group.

3. The conflict between the share permissions and the New Technology File System (NTFS) permissions.

Solutions for "You Don't Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder" Error 

After figuring out the reason of the error, we will show you a step by step guideline on how to deal with the 'You don't currently have permission to access this folder' problem in just three easy ways. You can try them all to view or recover all the inaccessible data in Windows 10/8/7. 

Solution 1. Gain Access by Allowing Everyone

1. Right-click on the folder that you're unable to access and select Properties.
2. Click on Security tab and under Group or user names click on Edit.
3. Click on Add and type everyone.
4. Click on Check names and then click OK.
5. Select everyone and under Allow, select Full control and click on Apply and Click Ok.

allow everyone to fix the error

Solution 2. Change the Ownership of the File/Folder

You can also try to change the ownership of the file or folder to troubleshoot "You Don't Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder" issue on Windows 10/8/7.

1. Right-click on the folder to navigate to "Properties".
2. Go to the "group or username" section on the "Security" tab.
3. Click on "Advanced", and then "Change".
4. Type your account name. Click on "Check names" > "OK".
5. Check "Replace owner on sub containers and objects" > "OK".

change the ownership

Solution 3. Access and Recover Data with Data Recovery Software

If all solutions above are not helpful, third-party data recovery software can be taken into consideration in order to recover your data from the folder in Windows 10/8/7. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is a capable performer, which can recover and access data on your hard drive, USB drives, memory cards, and other storage devices!

After you have recovered the data, save them to another place and try to access them again.

Step 1. Select a location to start finding data

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, please select a location where you lose your data and start to scan, like Desktop, Libraries, hard drive, external storage devices or lost partitions.

select the device

Step 2. Scan your partition

Click the "Scan" button and the software begins to scan your partition to find as much lost data as possible.

the software will scan the drive to find all of your data

Tips for finding wanted data

  • Extra Files: find files that lost names or paths
  • Filter: a quick way to your wanted files
  • Search: e.g. file name/file extension

Step 3. Preview and recover lost files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to preview specific recoverable files. After the preview or file filtering, you can target the tracked files and press the "Recover" button to get everything you want back. 

recover wanted data from your devices

After you have recovered the data, save them to another place and try to access them again.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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