My hard drive was going bad, so I bought two new drives: SSD for the OS and some apps, and a regular hard drive for data. I pulled the old drive out, threw the new ones in, reinstalled Windows on the SSD, and everything was good! I created some directories on the HHD, downloaded some files into them and then I rebooted to finish some Windows Update stuff.
When I logged back in, I could not open the directory on the HHD containing my downloaded files. "D:\<path> is not accessible. Access is denied." This has been occurring constantly with the second drive.
- Windows 7 Pro 64bit
- C: drive is a NEW SSD drive with OS installed on it
- drive is a NEW HHD for data
- I'm logging in with the user I created on Install. This user is in the Admin group.
- As far as I can tell, I have no issues with permissions on the SSD
- Lots of people have this issue with old drives after they upgrade or reinstall -- This is not the case here! Both of these drives are new.
Things I have tried:
- Granting permissions/access to a group my user is part of
- Granting permissions/access directly to my user
- Granting ownership of the directory to a group my user is part of
- Granting ownership of the directory to my user
- Doing all of the above to various combinations of the root drive entry, parent directories, etc.
- Reformatted the drive multiple times -- this fixes the issue for a while, but it returns after a few reboots
Typically granting permissions or taking ownership results in an "access denied" message. I can perform these functions if I log into safe mode.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I'm completely frustrated and confused at this point. I have full access rights and even own the files, but still receive "access denied" errors.