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Help!! I have locked myself out of my USB hard drive. 

Windows 7 PC with current patches.  The USB drive has been in use for over a year.  I was logged on with full rights and was attempting to restrict access to a local USB drive on my Windows 7 PC.  Bad mistake. 


Now the drive gives an access denied message and I am unable to change permissions, even if I am logged in as Administrator.  I also tried enabling the Administrator account but this did not help.  I also tried powering down the USB drive and when I brought it back on line a message said I needed to reformat the drive (I cancelled that message box).


How do I get access back to this drive?


Big Big thanks in advance .... hoping...



Hi Benjimincanada,

Let’s take the ownership of the drive and then try changing the permissions.

To take ownership of a folder, follow the steps below:

1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

2. Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

3. Click Edit.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

4. Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.

5. If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this folder, select the’ Replace owner on subcontainers and objects’ check box.

6. Click OK.  

Access the below link for more information on taking the Ownership of a folder:

Access the below link for detailed information on permissions:

Hope this helps you. Get back to us with results.

Manasa P – Microsoft Support.

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Last updated February 1, 2021 Views 26,670 Applies to: