Pen Drive/Stick Cannot Open Access Denied Location is not available

The problem: USB pen stick is unable to open or becomes not accessible and reports error messages: Location is not available, H:\ is not accessible. Access denied, I/O device error, incorrect function, the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable and the volume does not contain a recognized file system or more?

The question: How do I get back data when pen drive is detected but not accessible or USB drive is visible but content is not showing.

Access Denied Pen Drive Not Open

PC says: "H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied." (You may replace the H: with other drive letter if your pen stick shows as F:, J: or any drive on your computer). Access denied message shows on a pen drive results from many possible reasons, so the solutions are different based on different causes.

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Further reading: Fix Access is denied error

I Cannot Access My Pen Stick How to Recover Data?

Pen drive is showing not accessible, you may use data recovery software for pen stick to get back inaccessible data. iCare Data Recovery Pro works for any pen drive for data recovery whether the pen stick is not accessible or readable. This software is able to search every possible lost file from your pen drive without causing any further damage, so you can free download this software and try it now!

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Also read: 8 free ways to repair damaged usb stick

Pen Drive Is Detected but Not Accessible Fixes

Pen drive detected but not opening? File gets inaccessible in pen stick showing when connected to PC? Most users encountered following two situations:

1. Pen drive is detected but not showing in computer

In this situation, usually you can see the pen drive in Disk Management and probably the pen drive also show as hardware at the taskbar of computer. However, when you open My Computer, the pen stick does not show up.

Solution: Change usb drive drive letter in disk management

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2. USB drive is visible but content is not

In this case, you can see the icon of USB drive when plugging to your PC. However, pen drive data is not accessible since the pen drive cannot be opened.

USB Flash Drive Is Not Accessible I/O Device Error

Another problem of an inaccessible USB thumb drive is I/O device error, in which situation you can see the icon of USB drive on PC but cannot read or write any file from it. For this problem, you can try following possible solutions:

1. Update the driver device for USBupdate usb driver
2. Change drive letter of the USB drivechange usb drive letter
3. Run error-checking tool to scan errors for the flash driverepair usb
4. Format the USB drive

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Flash Drive Inaccessible File or Directory Is Corrupted and Unreadable

showing as image, you may get alert message saying "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" when a flash drive gets not accessible. This issue usually gets resolved with following methods:

1. Run CMD or error-checking for error fix
2. Reassign a different drive letter to the flash drive
3. Make sure the driver device does not need to be updated
4. Change the system permission

For more useful solutions, go to this page: File or directory is corrupted and readable>>

Pen Stick Not Opening the Volume Does not Contain Recognized File System

When pen stick is not opening and saying the volume does not contain a recognized file system, you will find that its file system usually changes to RAW. Therefore, you can try format the pen stick to fix the volume and make it accessible.

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Last updated on Nov 28, 2023

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