Cannot access file(s)

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by oreverb, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. oreverb

    oreverb OSNN Junior Addict

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    Why is it that I can't access a few files on my HD? There are a few video files, executables and archives like this. I have downloaded them just like any other file, but I can't do anything with them, not open, move, rename, copy, change attributes etc. The only thing I can do is look at the files' properties.

    Windows (XP Pro SP2) just basically gives the error "Access is denied", depending on the operation I'm trying.

    Could it be some malfunction with the drive (an external Lacie 160 GB)? I've done a CHKDSK on it (with a boot), but it made no difference. The drive has also been defragmented multiple times. And I've applied some registry fixes that are supposed to help access big AVI files. Could it be a virus? Data execution prevention? I'm a bit out of ideas.

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    do you have or use multiple accounts? Is there any way you might need to "take ownership" of these files? Might be worth a try, you should have no trouble finding the instructions for this if you search on the forums - it comes up regularly
     
  3. oreverb

    oreverb OSNN Junior Addict

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    I have just one account which has the type of Computer administrator. (Which I use all the time.)
     
  4. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    OK - probly won't work - my idea was just to try it... and see... also you say acces is denied "depending on the operation" - maybe if you elaborate on that or tie things down further (any chance you can check PHYSICAL location of files on your disk?) then a pattern might emerge...)...

    PS do you have any other disk or media you can try copying these files to? Is copy workable? And after can you access the copies?
     
  5. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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  6. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    That's the one Hipster - TY!
     
  7. oreverb

    oreverb OSNN Junior Addict

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    I can't copy the files. With that depending-phrase I meant that the same Access is denied message comes up but just in different form.

    I don't know how to check a physical location for files, but a few defrag programs I have tell that the whole disk is contiguous.
     
  8. oreverb

    oreverb OSNN Junior Addict

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    When I normally boot the OS, there is no such Security tab in File Properties. In Safe Mode there is, but in that mode my external FW drive is not visible.
     
  9. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    See how you go here to get the security tab. Might be able to figure out why it is missing from your system.