Western Digital External Hard Drive on Windows 7: Access is Denied, Recycle Bin is Corrupt
Posted on 2016-09-02
I want to back up a folder on my C drive to my D drive, here on my Windows 7 laptop. My D drive is my Western Digital "My Passport" Ultra.
When I clicked on the D drive, I got an "Access is denied" message. So, I unplugged it from one USB port and inserted it into another.
A few seconds later, a box came up telling me that the Recycle Bin on my D drive is corrupt and that I need to empty it. I chose "No", since I had never seen this message before.
Still, I got "Access is denied", when clicking on the D drive.
So, I researched this issue. Many articles instructed me on opening the elevated command prompt and running a DOS script to empty the Recycle Bin on D.
But, DOS afterward also gave me the message saying "Access is denied."
I am an administrator on this laptop and have used this external hard drive before. It has been a month, since I used the external hard drive. But, it has never given me problems. And, it's less than a year old.
I want to get rid of this issue, so I can conduct the backup of a folder on the C drive by copying it to my external hard drive. I conduct this backup, once a month, since this folder has very important files in it.
How do I get rid of this issue?