Quick fix - Drive is not accessible access is denied in Windows 10/8/7

Abby Haines updated on Jul 19, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


Did you get the "drive is not accessible access is denied error" in Windows 10/8/7? Here are two easy solutions to help you fix an inaccessible hard drive. In case of a data loss disaster that might have happened during the repairing process, you can download and try EaseUS recovery software to rescue your data.

How do I fix access denied error on an external hard drive

"For some unknown reason, my Seagate external hard drive stopped working last week. Every time when I plug it into my laptop and try to open it, I get a popup box that says "Location not available: G:\ is not accessible. Access is denied". How do I fix the error? I am using Windows 10."


Now, external hard drives are widely used by people to store personal data like text, pictures, audios, videos, etc. But sometimes, the disk shows a Location is not available window showing "Drive is not accessible. Access is denied" error message and prevent users from accessing any of their files. Users have reported this issue in many different situations as well as on different versions of operating systems like Windows 10/8/7.

Drive is not accessible access is denied error

Have you ever been caught in such a situation and tried to access a hard drive partition that is inaccessible? If yes, here, you can read how to fix the drive is not accessible error without losing data. 


Usually, when your external hard drive shows the "Drive is not accessible. Access is denied" error message, it suggests that you don't have the privilege of accessing to the disk partition. So, to fix the issue, you have to take ownership to get permission. 

To fix "Drive is not accessible. Access is denied" error in Windows Explorer:

Right-click on the inaccessible hard drive, select Properties. Go to the Security tab, hit Advanced, then click the Edit button. On the Owner tab, modify the ownership of the specified account.

Fix 'Drive is not accessible. Access is denied' error in Windows Explorer

To recover data and format disk to fix "Drive is not accessible. Access is denied" error:

If Windows Explorer cannot help, you can move to recover data from the inaccessible hard drive and format the disk for repair. Download and launch EaseUS data recovery software.

Keep Noted: Please don't format or reset the hard drive once it becomes inaccessible. To restore important data from inaccessible hard drive should be your first mission. Here below is a detail hard drive data recovery guide for you to follow, try and get your lost data back.

Step 1. Run Software and select a location

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer.
  • Select the hard drive which becomes inaccessible on your PC.
  • Click Scan to let this program scan and find your hard drive data.
Run hard drive recovery software.

Step 2. Scan to Find Lost Data

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will full scan and find all your data on the inaccessible hard drive.

And, after the scanning, you can preview and check found files on the scanning result window now:

  • Deleted Files: browse to see all deleted files here.
  • Drive (with your drive name): all lost files are listed here.
  • Lost Partition Files: if you once deleted your hard drive partition or formatted it, check and find data here.
  • Extra Files: a quick access to your inaccessible data and raw files.
Scan to find all lost data.

Step 3. Restore Hard Drive Data

  • Finally, select the items you want to get back and click "Recover".
  • Choose a secure location (second hard drive partition on your PC or another external storage device).
  • And then click "OK" to start recovering all lost data from your inaccessible hard drive now.
Restore all lost data.

After the data recovery has finished, go to My Computer or This PC, right-click the disk you need to repair and then choose Format. In the pop-up window, you can set file system and cluster size and then click the OK button.


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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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