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Windows 7: Cant browse WD elements external hdd, but computer recognize it right.


30 Mar 2012   #1

windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Cant browse WD elements external hdd, now it show but access denied

hello
so i was just using my Western Digital elements 500gb external hard drive and formated it using "WBFS manager" transferd a game to it, and plugged it in my "nintendo wii" and everything was working as it should.

but now that i plugged it back into my computer i cant browse it through "my computer" but it shows in "safe removal" and is stated as an external HDD there.
so the computer recognize it, and i get the sound when i plug it into the usb port.
i did a quick search on google to try and find a solution, and the guy said to look in "disk management" to give it a letter, but it wont show in the list were i do that, but the list below shows it (look at the picture and you will understand what im trying to say).

so any suggestions on how i can fix it so i can browse? dosent mather if i have to format it, but the only way i know how to is through "my computer" but as it wont show there i cant do this. also i dont have another computer, but if that might help solving the issue i can head over to my brother and use his.

Edit: i havent tried any of the options in the picture and most of them are grayedout anyway.
reason for this is i dont want to delete or risk breaking anything unless i have too.

Edit 2: Evox94's suggestion made the HDD show in my computer and were it dident before, but now i get access denied whenever i try to do anything. (look at the 4th post for the new problem)

Edit 3: Now the HDD shows in my computer and were it dident before(in the first picture) but i have no access to do anything with it, after using the solution in the 5th post in this topic, i was allowed to do a disk check atleast, and im running it now, however it is taking forever.
does this means it found some errors? since its a 500gb hdd without files(should be clean as i formated it with evox94's methode)

thanks in advance
- Doc



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31 Mar 2012   #2

windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
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no suggestions ?
or anyone could tell me what all the features in the picture does atleast?
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31 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hmm go just right-click your HDD and select "new simple volume".It will open a wizard to create a new partition.
You have some pretty understandable options in the wizard including formating the disk.
After that you will be able to use/browse your HDD again.
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31 Mar 2012   #4

windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

well, that was simple so i feel kinda stupid over here..
anyway, thanks, i just dont like to hit stuff at random incase i make thing worse

Edit:
so now i have a new problem, now it wont allow me access to the drive.
after doing what evox94 said, it now shows in my computer, but i cannot format nor browse it cause i get an access denied error.

any idea how to get past this ? ill do some search on google to try and find a solution, but i though it wouldnt hurt to post here and see if anyone have any ideas


Edit2:
so i uploaded a picture, this is all i can do with the disk.
not able to change owner, which was suggested in another similar topic


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31 Mar 2012   #5

windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
might be a solution

so i could not even run a disk check, after looking at another similar topic i found this text, and was told to copy it to notepad and save it as "owner.reg"
after i did that, and ran it i am now doing a disk check, so it did atleast allow me to do that, ill check back and let you know how it went after the disk check.

Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\takeownership\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\takeownership\comm and]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\shell\takeownership\comm and]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\takeownership\co mmand]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
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31 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hmm maybe you can format it using Command Prompt and DISKPART commands.
Check here to find out what each command does.

Type it in this order:
  1. DISKPART
  2. LIST DISK(remember what nubmer is your HDD Drive)
  3. SELECT DISK 5(Where 5 is your HDD Disk number)
  4. SELECT PARTITION 1(i belive you have only one partition)
  5. FORMAT FS=NTFS(Where NTFS is filesystem you want to format in.You can change this ofc).
I understand you can't access your HDD but maybe formating can help dunno.I might remember something else to help you.
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01 Apr 2012   #7

windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocFireTyve View Post
so i could not even run a disk check, after looking at another similar topic i found this text, and was told to copy it to notepad and save it as "owner.reg"
after i did that, and ran it i am now doing a disk check, so it did atleast allow me to do that, ill check back and let you know how it went after the disk check.

Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\takeownership\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\takeownership\comm and]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\shell\takeownership\comm and]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\takeownership]
@="PCHF Take ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\takeownership\co mmand]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"

so this might help other with similar problems, this solution gave me permission to do a disk check through "disk managment" and after that everything is working right.
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