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Access Denied after upgrade from win7 to win8

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    Access Denied after upgrade from win7 to win8


    I upgraded my system from windows 7 to windows 8 and now my external WDD 1TB drive is displayed in my computer, but when selecting it I get an 'Access Denied'

    Can anyone help? Please, all my stored data is on that drive

    Thanks!
    -Jeff

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  2. #2


    I take it the external drive was formatted as NTFS? Is this an external USB drive?

    Are you sure you're trying to access the actual drive? Sometimes even after an upgrade the drive letters change.

    You may have to change the permissions to take ownership of the drive, if all else fails. If the drive is not NTFS then there's something else going on, like a driver problem, though I haven't seen that issue before.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    windows 8


    Hi Terry.

    Thanks for the quick post reply! It is NTFS and USB external. I will confirm if the drive letters changed, I will also check permissions, but as I am the adminstrator for that computer, I would have assumed that they would have carried over during the upgrade.
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