Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: 'access is denied' when saving a file

16 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600) English
'access is denied' when saving a file

Hi, I have an external HDD that contains data originaly created with a windows XP PC. When plugged into my Windows 7 PC, I cant seem to be able to save changes. E.g. if I dbl click on a .txt file to open it in notepad, make changes and then try to save it, notepad says 'access is denied'. Similarly for ultraEdit. If I launch UltraEdit selecting 'run as administrator' this solves the problem. But that doesnt help when opening files by dbl clicking on them.

Under file properties, I have checked the files does not have a read-only attribute, and the Administrators group has full-control. I have changed the file-ownership to me. I am configured as an Administrator rather than a Standard-user.

If I create a new file on this drive with the Windows 7 PC, I can save changes no bother.
I have compared the file properties for the 2 files and the only difference I can spot is that the newly created file has me listed under the Security tab; whereas the old file only has group names listed.

What have I missed please (other than turning off the UAC)?
(Or does anyone know how to launch a program 'as administrator' by right-mouse clicking over the file in Windows Explorer?)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Aug 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Is the external hdd formatted as NTFS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Use your user name not your group for permissions.
Or use the "Everyone" account.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600) English

Lemur, Yes it NTFS. I've also tried it with another HDD (also formatted NTFS) and it has the same problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Aug 2010   #5

MAC OS X v10.4.10

one of the following might be the issue:

you don't have ownership of the file (Security Policy) or you don't have permission to write to removeable storage (Group Policy) . . .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600) English

Thanks logicearth that worked. I selected the entire drive and ticked the 'full-control' box for the 'everyone' account. I can now edit and save files on the drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 'access is denied' when saving a file

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
SYstem File Checker Result - CBS.Log file says Access Denied
I have just completed a System File Check and some repairs were done I was told that the relevant report could be seen at C:\WINDOWS\LOGS\CBS\CBS.LOG. When I Clicked on that I got Access Denied How can I Open that log file? I am the Administrator
Performance & Maintenance
File - Access Denied
So, it's like this: I used to have some files on a laptop with windows xp. In that computer, the files only had permissions for admins, I think. I never had problems accessing those files in the laptop. Later that laptop died, but I managed to get those files in my new computer. Problem is, I...
Network & Sharing
Access Denied when saving Dreamweaver CS3 files locally
I've only been using Win 7 for a week and this particular issue is already making me lose the will to live. Having copied the entire website from a machine running XP Pro - where the site was in the root directory ie C:\name_of_website into the root directory of Win 7 and have now run into...
General Discussion
FSX CFG File Access Denied
Ok im new to forums so im just gona say my problem :p I have had FSX for vista and i could easily save repaints into their aircraft.cfg files. But now with windows 7 when i try to save a message box says *access denied*. Someone then suggested to make me the admin but i have done this and still...
Folder / File access denied
This there any way to have this weird access denied glitch on Windows 7 fixed ? I never had this issue with Vista 64, I have my windows 7 always updated to the latest.. heck this even happens on a system that has just been formatted. I have no special access restrictions placed on my system. ...
General Discussion
Put file on desktop -> open file -> access denied?
Hello there. Whenever i take a file and put it onto the my desktop, all the permissions to the file is completely stripped. Leaving none able to open the file. I am able to go into access control and add myself again, but it makes no sense at all.. Why does windows do this and do anyone know...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:32.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App