How to Fix Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device Path or File Error. Easily!

By Camilla Mo  Common Errors   2 Comments

If you can’t access your file or folder due to error: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file, don’t panic. You can follow steps in the methods of this post to fix the error. 

Try all methods starting with Method 1. If that method doesn’t work, try the next method until you have the problem solved.


Method 1: Check the permission of the file or folder you want to open

If you don’t have permission to access the file or folder, you would encounter this error. So check what you can do with the file or folder. Before that, please make sure you’ve logined to you computer as an administrator.

You can follow these steps to check the permission. 

1. Right-click on the file or folder that you wish to open and select Properties.

2. Click Security tab. Under Group or user names, select your name then click Edit button.

3. Under Group or user names, select your name. Then under Permissions for Camilla, in Allow column, check the checkbox next to the Permission you wish to have (For example, if you want to Modify the file or folder, check the checkbox next to it). If you are not sure which Permission you should select, check all boxes.

Note if all boxes are grayed out with tick in it, it  means the permissions are enabled. In this case, this method doesn’t work for you, move on the next method


Method 2: Make sure the file location is available

If you’re opening the file or folder through their shortcut, It’s possible that location is not available especially when the file or folder were saved in a networked or a removable drive.

Follow steps below to check for it.

1. Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.

2. Click Shortcut tab. Then you’ll see the target location is available or not.


Method 3: Check if the file or folder has been removed

It’s also possible the file has been removed if you’re opening the file or folder through shortcut. You can get the location of the file following Method 2. If the location is available, browse to that location and check if the file or folder is in that location.


Method 4: Disable or uninstall any antivirus software

This error may occur if the antivirus software blocks the file or the folder. If you have installed any antivirus software, try to disable or uninstall them and see if the problem resolves. 


Method 5: Recover the data

Data corruption can be the cause of the error. If above methods don’t resolve the problem, try to recover the data in the file or the folder. 

To recover the data, you can use a data recovery software. If you know little about these kind of software, we recommend using Stellar Phoenix Windows Data RecoveryStellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a known data recovery software around the world. With the friendly user interface, you can use it to recover any deleted, lost and corrupted data of your drive with just a few clicks.

1) Download and install Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery.

2) Launch Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery. Then select the type of data that you want to recover and click Next.


3) Select the external hard drive that you want to recover your lost data.

4) Click Turn on Preview to showing files while scanning.

5) Preview all recoverable data after completing scanning process. View & Sort results by File Type, Tree View, and Deleted List.

6) Select desired location and click Start Saving to save the recovered data.

Hopefully you can resolve the problem with the solutions above. If you have any questions, feel free leave your comment below. 

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