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Out of nowhere my 320gb Western Digital hard drive stopped openin

When I right click I can explore and access files no problem but if I double click then it says access denied HELP!!!

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  • kingporky Sep 06, 2009

    It's an hp running xp sp3. I'm the only user on the computer and have all admin capabilities. I've been through most every walkthrough online for how to fix it and nothing works. Microsoft says login in safemode and right click on the drive, go to properties and click the security tab....There isn't a security tab. I checked the permission through the device manager and everyone has permission. I don't know what else to do

  • kingporky Sep 06, 2009

    I'm going to try this right now. I have a good feeling it will work. I've done everything I can when it comes to permissions and that is not it.

  • kingporky Sep 06, 2009

    Norton found nothing....

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what type of computer do u have, this is not a HD issue but a program issue, are you set up as the admin of the system, has someone locked you out by chance, another user?


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It is a virus by the name win salinity.
please run norman antivirus demo version . you will see so many of them . later you can scan with net protector a antivirus of indian origin , just will destroy all the virus and trojans and double click will start working

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