Access denied to external hard drive

February 12, 2011 at 00:19:55
Specs: Windows 7
I've had this 500 GB external hard drive for a few years now and it has never been a problem up until now. I recently bought a PS3 and had to reformat my hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 to be able to connect it to the PS3. This whole process took about a day considering the hard drive is just about full and I work off a netbook running Windows 7 Starter. It's been working fine hooked up to the PS3, no problems at all.
I tried to hook it up to my netbook again to back up some new files and retrieve old ones, but and error message keeps popping up saying "D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied." I've tired to following:
-Open it as an admin
-Change the ownership, which I was unable to do. I tried a few times, but again, it kept saying "Access Denied"
-I went into cmd to check if the files are in the directory. I got the "Access is Denied" message here as well.
-I checked to see if it was being a considered a foreign drive in disk management, but this said that there is a drive connected which should be working fine and is also empty
I've been searching the internet for solutions, but so far nothing I have found has worked. Any help would be fantastic.

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February 12, 2011 at 07:28:50
How were you able to convert the file format from NTFS to FAT32?

So, are you sure those files are actually still present?

BTW, if that is the only copy of almost 500GB of data you are truly a gambler. There are countless ways to lose your data. You should always maintain at least two copies of any data you wish to keep.

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