Fix it Now! Destination Folder Access Denied in Windows 10/8/7

Brithny updated on Aug 27, 2019 to Format Recovery | How-to Articles


This page provides reliable solutions to fix 'Destination Folder Access Denied. You need permissions to perform this action' error when you have conflicting ownership problem. Follow this page and see how to fix the access denied error in Windows 10/8/7.

Part 1. Quick Fixes to Solve the Error
Part 2. Advanced Methods to Fix the Access Denied 

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.

Now, let's see how to fix the destination folder access denied error and regain access.

Part 1. Quick Fixes to Solve Destination Folder Access Denied 

Fix 1. Take Ownership of the Folders and Files

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

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

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.

4. 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

Fix 2. Perform Windows 10 Clean Boot

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

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 check box, and then tap or click "Disable all".

clean boot Windows 10 to fix the denied access

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

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

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

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

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

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

edit username to gain access permission

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

Part 2. Advanced Methods to Fix the Denied Access Error

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

Solution 1. Format the Access Denied Device

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 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.

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 "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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Solution 2. Manually Check and Fix the Error

Step 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.

Step 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.


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