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Can't read files on external usb drive files. Access Denied.

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I have laptop that recently updated to Windows 10. Everything works fine except for the fact I can't read or write files on any USB removable media. Flash drive, Phone, External HD. I have access to the drives and I can actually create folders but If I try to open an existing file or copy it off of the drive I get the message "Access Denied" or Administrator access required. I can read the media in other PC's though.

I have tried formatting a new USB drive and I made sure that the GP wasn't denying access to the USB removable media but to no avail. I have tried different profiles both local and domain as well but I still can't figure out why I can't open files on USB media.  I

I also tried using TAKEOWN command but it doesn't work on a FAT file system.

Anyone have any ideas what could be causing this?
I attached a screenshot of what is happening.
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by:Dr. Klahn
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Are there events logged in the Security section of the Event Log that appear to be associated with the problem occurrences?
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This is the new security trouble brought by anniversary update on Windows 10.
Are you logged in using default system account of the Windows 10?
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I haven't checked the Event log. I will do that and look for some clues.

I did enable the local admin account and try it from there but I still couldn't open any of the files.
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by:noxcho
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Ok, then do you have another PC to connect this drive to and try to open the files there? It might be that the drive itself went bad.
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I can open the drive on other computers as well as the files.

I can open the drive on the laptop in question and view it's contents.  I just can't open the files on it nor can I save files to it. It's not just to a specific device. I can't open, create, or move files on any USB media. If a colleague gives me a flash drive with files on it. I can see the files but I get access denied opening them.
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by:noxcho
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Ok, at least we know now that problem is on a software level. How did youtake the ownership?
Can you start a commandline as administrator and then do this:
TAKEOWN /F X:\ /R /D Y
where X is the drive letter of your external drive.
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I tried that but it says it can't do it on a flash drive.
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by:noxcho
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If you right click on any file on this drive - select Properties - then Detail (like on my example) who is the owner of the file?
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by:imij11
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Sorry for the delay in responding. When I check the file properties there is no owner shown. adobe.jpg.
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by:noxcho
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So there is no ownership of the file.
Can you try it then again to take the ownership?
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753659(v=ws.11).aspx
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