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Drive C Being Denied Access in Windows 10

Reasons for denying access to drive C in Windows 10

When you try to access drive C in Windows, you may receive an "Access Denied" error message or similar messages. When you are denied access to drive C, you will not be able to access, change, save or delete files and folders. Why is access to C drive denied in Windows 10?

Generally speaking, there are two main reasons why the C drive cannot be accessed. The first is that you do not have permission to access the partition. The second is that there may be bad sectors on drive C.


How to fix drive C being denied access in Windows 10?

If your C drive is inaccessible and access is denied, you can fix it as follows.

Method 1: Obtain ownership of the partition

No partition ownership is yours The main reason for access denied in Windows 10/7. To obtain ownership of a partition, please follow the steps below:

Step 1. Right-click on the partition you want to own, and then click "Properties" .

Step 2. Click the "Security" tab, and then select "Advanced". The Advanced Security Settings window will appear.

Step 3. Click the change link next to the owner label. Then the "Select User or Group" window will appear.

Step 4. Enter your user account in the It field "Enter the name of the object you want to select", and then click "OK".

Step 5. After taking ownership, you now need to provide full access to the account partition. Right-click the partition again, click "Properties", and select the "Security" tab.

Step 6. Click the Add button, then click the selection principle and select your account. Set permissions to full control. Then click OK.


Method 2. Convert the current user profile to an administrator user profile

You can also try to follow the steps below to convert the current user profile to an administrator user profile, and check whether the problem has been resolved.

Steps 1. Press the Windows logo key on the keyboard, type control panel, and then click Control Panel in the search results.

Step 2. In the window, select Change account type and click on your user account name.

Step 3. Select an administrator and click Change account type.

Step 4. Close the window and check if the problem is resolved.


Method 3. Repair bad sectors

If there are bad sectors, it may be in Access to C diving in Windows 10 is denied. You can use System File Checker to scan and repair bad sectors.

To use this tool, open a command prompt and type the following commands at the command prompt, and then press Enter after each command.

  * sfc / scannow

  * chkdsk c:/f/r

  * bootrec / fixmbr

  * bootrec / fixboot

  * bootrec / scanos

  * bootrec /rebuildbcd


Method 4. Copy the old disk and replace it with a new one

If you have tried all the above methods, but still cannot solve the problem, you may need to consider replacing the old disk with a new one. To copy a disk, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant. It is a professional disk copy tool specially designed for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Visa.

Because drive C is inaccessible, access is denied in Windows 10, and you cannot copy normal startup disks. You can create a bootable USB through AOMEI Partition Assistant, and then enter WinPE to copy the disk.

To copy a disc, please follow the steps below.

Step 1. download AOMEI Partition Assistant and open the software. Then create bootable and bootable USB from bootable media and enter WinPE. It will take you to the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step 2. Right-click the disk to be copied and select Clone Disk.

Step 3. On the next page, select Quick Clone Disk and Click Next.

Step 4. Select the target disk to copy the disk source and click Click Next.

Step 5. Click Apply to submit the changes.

After copying the disk successfully, you can boot from the new disk, and the data on the new disk is exactly the same as the old disk. This method can also be used to resolve access denied in Windows 7.

If you still cannot solve your problem, you have no choice but to reinstall Windows. To reinstall Windows 10, you need to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and use it to create a Windows 10 installer on a USB drive. Then change the boot sequence to boot from USB and follow the instructions to reinstall Windows 10.


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