[Solved] How to fix "Drive it not accessible, access is denied" in Windows 10/8/7/XP?

I cannot access my Western Digital 1TB external hard drive in Explorer. When I open it I get error "Drive is not accessible. Access is denied. How to fix this error and get my data back?

Drive is not accessible, access is denied

Various reasons can cause "Drive not accessible, access is denied".

  • Power failure for powered hard drive
  • Plug out external hard drive or removable device in an improper way
  • Virus attack
  • File system goes wrong, such as DBR, MFT, FAT.
  • The device is physically damaged

This error message clearly indicates that there is some problem with the hard drive, which has made the hard drive inaccessible. In the worst case, it could also lead to data loss, how to fix "Drive is not accessible, access is denied" error?

Solution 1: If the device is physically damaged, you need to contact your device manufacturer for the solution.

Solution 2: If the device is logically corrupted, please using M3 RAW Drive Recovery to fix inaccessible drive or recover data from inaccessible drive. M3 RAW Drive Recovery is a professional RAW drive recovery software which can easily fix inaccessible drive and recover data from inaccessible hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc. or recover data from corrupted drive.

Tutorial to fix "Drive is not accessible" error and recover data from inaccessible drive.

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 RAW Drive Recovery on your computer.

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Select the inaccessible drive and click Next to contiue.

Step 2: Click Next to scan the inaccessible drive.

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Step 3: Check the files in inaccessible drive.

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Step 4: Click "Fix Drive" to fix the inaccessible drive.

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After fixing the inaccessible drive, you would get all you data back.

If the inaccessible drive cannot be fixed, you can also switch to Data Recovery Mode of M3 RAW Drive Recovery at the Step 4 and then recover data from inaccessible drive.

Manual way to fix "Drive is not accessible, access is denied" in Windows 10/8/7/XP

If the inaccessible drive cannot be accessible after fixing with M3 RAW Drive Recovery, what's more, Windows displays it as NTFS/FAT32 file system, please try the following solutions:

1. Run chkdsk /r. If there is not anything wrong with file system after running chkdsk, please follow solution 2.

2. Modify permissions on the inaccessible drive with following method:

Open Windows Explorer.
Right-click on the inaccessible drive and choose Properties.
Select the Security tab.
At Security tab click Edit to change permissions or click Advanced for special permissions or advanced settings.
Click "Apply"
Finally when Windows finishes setting permissions click OK to exit drive's properties
Restart your computer and now you should be able to access the inaccessible drive without problems.

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