I've had problems with drives before suddenly denying me access and the problem was actually down to group policy not being applied properly at logon to the network. While your computer may not be part of a domain, it could be down to the local machine policy on it. However that would generally restrict all (USB) drives all of the time and not just some of them.
Originally Posted by Bobinovich
Is this limited to one account or to all of the accounts on the machine? Have you tried to see what happens when you are logged on with the Administrator account and not just an account which is a member of Administrators?
Is there anything in the Event Viewer on the machine to indicate any problems?
If you open the USB icon on the system tray, check the Display Device Components box, select the device (not the volume) and click Properties is there anything in there that's unusual?
What are the drive permissions? Have you reset them and taken ownership of it?
The only other things that springs to mind are:
I'm sure you've checked most of these but thought I'd throw them out there anyway!
- a corrupted file system on the USB drive, however you'd then expect it to continue to do it even after wiping the machine.
- a corrupted registry and this would explain why it works when you wipe it.
- Virus / spyware restricting access for a laugh.
Last edited by blueivy; 11-Jan-07 at 20:08.
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