How to fix external hard drive not accessible access denied error and get lost data back?

Posted by Juno to RAW Drive Data Recovery on July 17th, 2017

My WD external hard drive fails to work recently and I don't know why. When I connect it to my PC, I receive the error message "H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied." Is there any method to fix external hard drive not accessible access denied error and restore data inside it? Those files are really important for me.

Nowadays, external hard drive has been widely used to store and transfer data, such as photos, working documents, video, music, email. But sometimes, your drive may get damaged and become inaccessible. Such inaccessibility often emerges with various error messages, like "The drive is not accessible. Access is denied".

When you encounter such error, you may get very upset for having no idea of how to fix it and is tortured by losing significant files. Don't panic. This passage will tell you the possible causes of external hard drive not accessible access denied error, and offer you a simple solution to fix this error without data loss.

Possible causes of external hard drive not accessible access denied error

The inaccessibility of external hard drive can be caused by damaged file system, bad sectors, virus attack, sudden power outage, unsafe ejection, hardware problem or some unknown reasons. But in general, those reasons can be divided into file system error and hardware problem. As long as your external hard drive doesn't have hardware problem, only a data recovery software can help you to recover data from inaccessible external hard drive.

Tips for recovering data from inaccessible external hard drive

Before performing data recovery, you should know that: once your external hard drive becomes inaccessible, you shouldn't format it as the format operation may damage the drive as well as files inside it. If those lost files are damaged, you cannot open or use them even after they have been successfully restored. So you should avoid formatting the drive, or making any further operation on it and perform data recovery as soon as possible.

Two steps to fix external hard drive not accessible access denied error

If you have any data that you don't want to lose on the inaccessible external hard drive, you can perform data recovery at the first step, and then fix external hard drive not accessible access denied error.

Step 1: Recover data from inaccessible external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

At this step, the only assisting tool you need is iBoysoft Data Recovery, a reliable data recovery software that can recover data from inaccessible external hard drive, RAW external hard drive, formatted external hard drive, corrupted external hard drive, not formatted external hard drive, recover files deleted or lost from external hard drive, recover data from deleted or lost partition, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

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Follow the steps below to recover data from inaccessible external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery:

1. Download & install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your PC, and connect the inaccessible external hard drive to your PC.

2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery and then select the inaccessible external hard drive.

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3. Click "Next" to start scanning for all lost files on the inaccessible external hard drive.

4. Preview the listed recoverable files, choose those you want, and click "Recover" to get them back.

5. Check to ensure you have recovered all lost data.

iBoysoft Data Recovery also supports to recover data from inaccessible hard drive, recover data from inaccessible USB flash drive, inaccessible SD card, inaccessible pen drive, etc.

Step 2: Fix external hard drive not accessible access denied error by formatting

After data recovery from inaccessible external hard drive is successfully done, it's time to format the inaccessible drive. You can format the drive by using disk management tool, windows built-in format tool or any third party format tool. The external hard drive not accessible access denied error will be fixed after format.

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