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C:\ DRIVE IS INACCESSIBLE....................

by vk9287 / April 30, 2008 4:45 AM PDT

hi there,
i m having difficulty in accessing my disk drive c:\ i m using dell notebook inspiorn 1420, with 2gb ram, OS window vista, 1.66 Ghz processor, core 2 duo, nvidia Gforce 128MB graphic card. i tried to hide a folder in the C:\ drive by changing its security options i used to do it all the time but few days back i dont know wht happened suddenly a popup appeared nd i didnt read it carefully. then i tried to access the C:\ drive next time it was inaccessible.i can perform the factory restore settings but that will cost me some important documents that i cannot afford to loss. what to do........can i access my c:\ drive in some way......plz help me out.....

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If nobody comes up with another solution, try this.
by Kees Bakker / April 30, 2008 4:58 AM PDT

Buy a case for an external 2.5" drive and put your laptop-drive in it. Now go and see what you can do with it on another PC.


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by John.Wilkinson / April 30, 2008 12:35 PM PDT

I have several initial thoughts:
1.) Can you access C:\ using another administrative account?
2.) Right-click on the C:\ drive in Computer, select Properties, and see which groups/users are granted security permissions.
3.) Open Computer Management (an administrative tool through the Control Panel) and make sure the drive letter C: is currently assigned properly.
4.) What is the exact error message it displays when you attempt to access C:\?
5.) Note that Windows would not be able to run if access to C:\ was actually denied, so the issue is not omnipresent.
6.) Try launching Firefox or Opera and entering C:\ into the address bar...can you browse the contents then?
7.) If you are currently not granted full permissions (referring to #2), does it permit you to take ownership of the directory and its contents?


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thanx buddy!!!!!!!!but this didnt worked..........
by vk9287 / May 8, 2008 2:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Interesting...

i tried all these things bro.but didnt helped.....
somebody told me to use window vista DVD and try to login as an admin a/c. but my a/c is already administor a/c. some said u ll have to make a new a/c by login as admin a/c during startup. but i dont know how to do so.........??????????? help!!!!!!!!!11111

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Creating a new admin account...
by John.Wilkinson / May 8, 2008 2:16 PM PDT

Go Start->Control Panel->User Accounts->Add or remove user accounts.

However, while you said that my previous suggestions didn't help you didn't answer the questions contained therein. The very fact that Windows is bootable and lets you log in means that C:\ is accessible, at least to some degree, so the exact error messages, contents of the Permissions tab, etc. are important.


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thanx buddy!!!!!!!!!
by vk9287 / May 8, 2008 9:18 PM PDT

nthng finally i had to restore my notebook to the factory swttings....
thanx a lot

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