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External Hard Drive Folders Inaccessible; "Access Denied"

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Hi all,

I have a problem with an external drive and am hoping some of you might know how to fix this problem.

I have a 3-year old Seagate 7200 rpm 250 GB ATA-100 3.5” hard drive in a USB 2.0/Firewire enclosure. About a year ago, it started denying me access to certain folders. I’m using a Dell laptop with XP SP2. I’d click on a folder and it would say “<Folder Name > is not accessible. Access denied.” Over time, this has happened with more folders. What makes this more strange is that the drive functions fine mechanically and even indicates from overall drive space that the inaccessible folders are present on the drive. How can I get to them again?

I want to regain access to these folders, save the files I need, and reformat the drive. People warn about not using the MBR tool as it can wipe files or something. I’ve tried SpinRite’s level 2 recovery a few days ago, and it did not recreate the files. How can I regain access to these folders?

Any ideas are welcomed. Thanks in advance!

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Sounds like you need to take ownership of the folders. There is an MS kb on that which will help, if that's the prob.
Couple of things to check. In the properties under the security tab, is full control the only thing checked? If so, check them all except for the special permissions, that's the stuff from the advanced button on that page.
And on the general tab, is there a button to unblock?
Excellent! Glad to hear it, permissions can sure be a pesky thing.
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