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

Roxanne updated on Jan 21, 2021 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you happen to meet "You don't currently have permission to access this folder" issue when you are opening a folder, do not worry. You can fix the problem with the three effective methods here. And a professional and reliable file recovery tool is introduced to help you recover files from the inaccessible folder to keep data safe.

When you can't access files saved in a folder, try any one of the 3 fixes listed below to bring your files back:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Gain Access Right-click inaccessible folder > "Properties" > "Security" > "Edit"...Full steps
Fix 2. Change Ownership Right-click inaccessible folder > "Properties" > "Security" > "Advanced"...Full steps
Fix 3. Use File Recovery Software Run a professional data recovery software > Scan folder > Recover files...Full steps

"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 saying that 'You don't currently have permission to access this folder'. Is there any way to fix the issue. I need to view the files in that folder."

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

Quickly access the best solution to remove the folder access error:

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

While attempting to save a file in a folder or access 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 as listed below. 

  • Remove a user or group from "Group or user names" on the folder’s "Security" tab.
  • Application of an explicit "Deny" to the user or group.
  • The conflict between the share permissions and the New Technology File System (NTFS) permissions.

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

After figuring out the causes of the error, we will show you step-by-step guidelines on how to deal with 'You don't currently have permission to access this folder' problem in Windows 10, 8, or 7 in three easy ways. 

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. Click on "Check names" and then click "OK".

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

4. Select "Everyone". Under "Allow", select "Full control" and click on "Apply" and click "Ok".

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

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. Recover Files in Inaccessible Folder with a Peofessional Data Recovery Tool

If solutions above are not helpful, and you need to read the files in the inaccessible folder urgently, you can use data recovery software to recover data from a specific folder in Windows 10/8/7. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is capable of restoring files on HDD/SSD, USB flash drive, memory card, external hard drive, and other storage devices with a very high recovery rate. 

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and follow the steps below to recover data from the inaccessible folder easily. 

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files.

Wait until the scanning completes. If you need to double-click the item to preview the file, then select the data you attempt to recover.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover", choose a location to save the recovered data, then click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

Recover lost data

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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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, so 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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