Can’t Open Hard Disk Drives

Satheesh C B | Friday, June 27, 2008 | 3 comments

When  you  open C drive or other drives  by double click it'll pop up Open With windows and ask you  to choose the program to open that drive.?Or errors such as

  1. Access  Denied
  2. VBScript error with error code of 800A041F
  3. Drive opens in new windows


Open control panel (classic view)/folder options. Scroll down advanced settings window and uncheck the "use simple file sharing".Apply and right click on the volumes in question, select properties and click on "security" tab.(You need to set permissions on those volumes in the administrator rights.)

Microsoft KB 308419


There you'll see detailed sharing permissions/restrictions for all relevant accounts on that particular drive/file/folder. (Taking that you have administrative permissions) click on "Administrators ([computer name]\Administrators)" (first one from the top) and check allow on "full control" and click "apply".

If you see your account name on the list, either remove it or allow full control. If you are only user on that PC I suggest removing it from the list, for you are administrator and comply with "administrators" permissions.

After setting the permission, click on the "advanced" button. In the first tab select "Administrators ([computer name]\Administrators)" (same as before) and check the "Replace permissions entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects" and apply



Normally when a virus infects a windows system which causes a drive opening problem, it automatically creates a file named autorun.inf in the root directory of each drive.

This autorun.inf file is a read only ,hidden and a system file and the folder option is also disabled by the virus. This is deliberately done by the virus in order to protect itself.  autorun.inf initiates all the activities that the virus performs when you try to open any drive.

Follow the set of commands below to show and delete the autorun.inf

  1. Log in as Administrator or user with administrator rights.
  2. Turn Off system restore.
  3. Start-->> Right Click My Computer-->> Properties-->> System Restore Tab-->>Turn off     System Restore on all drives-->> Apply-->> Ok.
  4. Launch Task Manager by pressing alt+ctrl+del
  5. click on processes tab.
  6. Find wscript.exe, If it is running end this process..
  7. End EXPLORER.EXE process from Task Manager
  8. Open Start>>Run and type cmd and press enter. This will open a command prompt window. On this command prompt window type the following steps.
  9. Type cd\
  10. Type attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf
  11. Type del c:\autorun.* /f /s /q /a

    del d:\autorun.* /f /s /q /a

    del e:\autorun.* /f /s /q /a                         sparksspace019

  12. Now type d: and press enter for d: drive partition. Now repeat steps 3 and 4. Similarly repeat step 5 for all your hard disk partition
  13. Start>Run>Type ’regedit”. Navigate to the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Find this key: userint.exe .make sure its value is Userinit”=”C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,If, It is not, than changed value to this value.

  14. Restart your system .

Easiest way is Download Flash_Disinfector.exe file (101.6 kb)/Mirror link  and run that file ...your problem solved... Your screen will go blank for a while but don't worry ..its normal

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