Top 5 Ways to Fix Destination Folder Access Denied in Windows 10/8/7

Brithny updated on Jun 02, 2020 to Format Recovery | How-to Articles


This page provides reliable solutions to fix Destination Folder Access Denied. You need permission to perform this action error when you have conflicting ownership problems. Follow these 5 ways below and see how to fix the access denied error in Windows 10, 8, 7.

Quick Navigation: How to Solve Destination Folder Access Denied 

Let's see how to fix the destination folder access denied error and regain access.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Change ownership Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click "Properties"....Full steps
Fix 2. Perform clean boot From the Start, search for "msconfig". Select "System Configuration" from the search results...Full steps
Fix 3. Gain permissions Right-click the inaccessible hard drive, USB or file folder, and select "Properties"...Full steps
Fix 4. Format the device Right-click on the inaccessible device - internal/external hard drive, USB or SD card...Full steps
Fix 5. Run CHKDSK Open a Command Prompt and type: chkdsk /f c: (replace c with the drive letter...Full steps

Destination Folder Access Denied in Windows 10

"For some reason, I can't access the files on my WD Elements external Hard drive. Also, the drive is no longer showing up on my network. I received an error message saying: Destination Folder Access Denied. You need permission to perform this action. I clicked "Try Again", but it didn't work. How do I regain access to my files? All was okay, and nothing has changed on either my laptop or desktop, and I am the only user of either computer."

destination folder access denied error

Simply Changing User Account Doesn't Work!

"Destination Folder Access Denied. Need Permissions to Perform this Action" generally occurs when you are trying to copy or move any folder or file to another location. Usually, this problem occurs due to the unavailability of 'Ownership'. The ownership of the folder or file is present with some other user account. Although the folder and files are available in your account, it not available for any modifications. In this case, changing the ownership to your current user account solves the problem.

However, you may soon find that you cannot delete system files, even as administrator. This is because the Trusted Installer service owns windows system files by default, and Windows File Protection will keep them from being overwritten. Therefore you will encounter an 'Access Denied' error.

Fix 1. Grant Full Control to the Folder by Changing the Ownership

To fix destination folder access denied, you should take ownership of the folder:

For Windows 10 users

Step 1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click "Properties" from Context Menu.

Step 2. Click "Security" > "Advanced", and then click the "Owner" tab.

Step 3. Click "Change". on the popped up screen, in the "Enter the object name to select" field, enter Administrators or enter your user name. Then, click the "Check Names". If all goes well, the input will change. Click "OK" to save changes.

Step 4. The owner section will now change. Check "Replace owner on subcontainters and objects" and click "Apply" and "OK" to save changes. Or you can check "Replace all child object permission entries" option. 

destination folder access denied

For Windows 7 users to grant permissions

Step 1. Right-click on the file and select "Properties" from Context Menu.

Step 2. Click on the "Edit" button in Properties windows Click "OK" to confirm the prompt.

Step 3. Select "user/group" from permission windows or click "Add" to add other users or groups.

Step 4. Under "Permission", check "Full Control" under the "Allow" column to assign full access rights control permissions.

Step 5. Click "OK" for changes to take effect and click ok to exit from the "Properties" window.

Once you have taken the ownership of file or folder, check if you have solved your problems.

Fix 2. Perform a Windows 10 Clean Boot to Fix Folder Access Denied

Another way to fix the folder access denied error is by performing a clean boot. Follow these steps to access your folder.

Step 1. From the Start, search for "msconfig".

Step 2. Select "System Configuration" from the search results. On the "Services" tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click to select the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox, and then tap or click "Disable all".

clean boot Windows 10 to fix the denied access

Step 3. On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click "Open Task Manager".

Step 4. On the Startup tab in Task Manager, for each startup item, select the item and then click "Disable". Close Task Manager.

Step 5. On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click "OK", and then restart the computer.

Fix 3. Gain Permissions to the Inaccessible Device

If you still fail to fix Windows 10 destination folder access denied, you can try to gain permission in this way.

Step 1. Right-click the inaccessible hard drive, USB or file folder, and select "Properties".

Step 2. Go to "Security", click "Advanced" and navigate to the Owner tab.

Step 3. Click on Edit, click your username under Group or username.

edit username to gain access permission

Step 4. Check all boxes in the Allow column and click OK, then click Apply to gain permissions to access your inaccessible device.

click ok to save the changes and gain the permission

Fix 4. Format the Device to Fix the Denied Access Error

If these quick fixes cannot help you get out of the trouble, follow the sophisticated methods below.

1 - Recover Data from an Inaccessible Hard Drive

Before taking actions to format the hard drive or other storage devices, export your important data first so as to avoid any data loss trouble.

Powerful data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, will help you to recover deleted/lost files or formatted data on storage devices 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 within three steps.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select location to scan lost folder.

Under the Specify a location section, click "Browse" on Select Folder to choose the location where you lost the folder and click "OK" to scan the lost folder.

Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find and preview found files in the lost folder.

You can find the lost folder in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name. Then open the found folder and double-click to preview lost files.

Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save the lost folder with files.

Last, select the folder and files and click "Recover", browse to choose a new & secure spot on your PC and click "OK" to save it.

Restore lost folder data.

2 - Format and Reset the Inaccessible Hard Drive to Factory Settings

  • Right-click on the inaccessible device - internal/external hard drive, USB or SD card, etc. and select "Format".
  • Reset the file system, label name, etc. on inaccessible devices and click "Start".
  • Click "OK" to reset the inaccessible devices to factory settings and solve the "Access Denied" error.

If you have problems with formatting the device, you also refer to Format Hard Drive in Windows 10.

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Fix 5. Check and Fix Destination Folder Access Denied

The final way to solve destination folder access denied error is by using CHKDSK and changing the drive letter. Here are the details:

1. Run CHKDSK to Repair the Inaccessible Drive

  • Open a Command Prompt and type: chkdsk /f c: (replace c with the drive letter of your inaccessible hard drive);
  • Hit Enter to let the checking process to run;
  • When it's finished, type: exit and hit Enter to complete the process.

The above operation will check and fix file system errors that block you from accessing storage devices.

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

2. Change Drive Letter

Right-click the inaccessible hard drive or devices and select "Rename" > Enter a new drive letter for your inaccessible device to see whether you can open the device or not. If you have problems, you can try free partition software to change the drive letter. And my recommendation is EaseUS partition manager. This partition software helps you create, clone, format, merge and combine partitions. You can follow the steps below to change the drive letter:


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition, and choose "Change Drive Letter".

Change Drive Letter - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, click the down arrow and choose a drive letter for the partition from the drop-down menu, then click "OK".

Change Drive Letter - Step 2

Step 3: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner, check the changes, and click "Apply" to change the drive letter of the selected partition.

Change Drive Letter - Step 3

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