How to fix ‘E:\ is not accessible, access denied’ error message

Sean Jeffries avatar. By: Sean Jeffries
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Hard Drive is one of the most important components of a computer. Hardware is not just any peripheral that lets users store their data on and is more than just that. Most of the times when the hard drive crashes it also brings down the entire operating system since the system files are all stored on a hard drive. Well with the advent of the SSD the problems on the hardware end might have been subdued but still, error messages are not something uncommon. In this segment lets have a look at one of the most common problems plaguing the system, “E: is not accessible, access denied .”

I have been greeted with this message quite a few times and while sometimes a simple reboot will do the trick most often it needs some thorough troubleshooting. Also, if the error message is displayed for an external drive one can simply reconnect the same. However it the same occurs for an internal drive things start getting sloppy.

Reason behind the “E: is not accessible, access denied”

It’s very tough to single in the reason. The error message could have been displayed due to many reasons, for one the hard drive might not be able to communicate with the operating system. Also, the hardware might be suffering from an actual damage to its innards and in cases like this one might also loose data. I have listed some of the common reasons for the error message,

  • Power failure to the hard drive
  • If you haven’t used the ‘Safely Unplug’ option while removing external drives
  • Virus/Malware attack
  • Corrupt File system
  • The hard drive has been physically damaged

When do we get the “E: is not accessible, access denied error”?

Whenever one wants to make changes to a file/folder on a damaged hard disk the error message is displayed. The same message will also be flashed if one tries to access a file on the drive. In all likelihood, the hard drive is blocked and one needs to follow some steps to recover the same.

Considering that you are running the Windows 10

  • Right click and select the drive that’s inaccessible
  • Select “Properties” and head over to “Securities”
  • Click the “Edit” button, yes the one with the small Shield icon
  • A new Window will be open. Select ‘Add’ button
  • Hover your mouse on the “Authenticated User” and Click “OK”
  • Head over to the permission section and select, give ‘full control’ against the newly added user and then finally click ‘OK’
  • Press ‘Apply’ and you will be done.

How to solve E: is not accessible, access denied on Windows 7

If you are running Windows 7 the course of action changes slightly, here is what you need to do,

  • Right click and select the drive that’s inaccessible
  • Select “Properties” and then click “Owner tab”
  • Select ‘Owner tab’ and click on edit.
  • Head over to the permission section and select, give ‘full control’ against the newly added user and then finally click ‘OK’

That being said I would still advise users to keep a copy of their important files backed up on the Cloud. This way whatever happens with your system the data will still be safe on the Cloud Drive. The aforementioned methods should help you resolve the ‘e is not accessible access is denied’ error for once and forever.

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