Hi guys, let me first introduce myself as Canowyrms. Im of course new to the community, but not so new to the computer world. I have been working with computers for about five or so years now. I am quite experienced, but there is always something new to learn with technology now-a-days.
I am having a problem with accessing one of my hard drives. Now I know that this has been posted on the forum before, but this is the second installation of Windows 7 that I have done. I installed an RC version and this issue occurred, which is why I switched back to XP. Now that Windows 7 has actually been released, I decided to give the full release a try and see how that worked.
Well, the issue has happened again. Every time I try to access my 500GB Seagate (yeah, seagate...) drive, I get an error saying Access is Denied. The funny thing about that, is the fact that in Windows XP, a Slax LiveCD, a Backtrack 3 LiveCD, and any other operating system in general, I can access the drive with absolutely NO problems, without even having to take ownership. That brings me to my next point. I have gone into Administrator tools and looked in the Disk Management section. The drive is listed as operating, healthy, active, etc. If I right click that drive, I can view its properties perfectly fine (whereas if I right click and go into properties in the "Computer" screen, I get NO data.). I have even gone as far as to changing the "Owner" of the drive to my user account, with full access priveliges and whatnot. That did not work.
I have, in desperation, changed the SATA connection on the motherboard. I have 4 ports, and 3 of them are being used at any given time in terms of hard drives, so I changed which one the hard drive is plugged into. That did not help. Even further in desperation, I rigged myself what you could call an external device. I had an old external enclosure that I no longer had need for, so I even plugged the hard drive into that, and nothing changed.
I have just completed an Anti-Virus scan using Comodo Internet Security, and nothing turned up. Not on any one of my drives (excluding key generators that ALL anti-virus programs lable as malware.).
Like I said, I have tried many alternatives, I have tried changing the ownership of the drive, I have tried different connections, I have tried everything I can think of and I have no access to it. That drive is something that I NEED access to as it contains vital data from back-ups of my important files. Also as I said, this is a recurring issue, and I can not come to a conclusion as to why this is happening.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can try. Thank you in advance for taking your time and reading this through.