Windows 10: The file cannot be accessed by the system

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  1.    01 Jul 2017 #1

    The file cannot be accessed by the system


    Ran a clean rebuild of my system on SSD (Creators Update) , now cannot access any exe's on HDD (Drive D).
    I get "the file cannot be accessed by the system". Tried changing permissions so admin user has access and run takeownership but no joy.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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       01 Jul 2017 #2

    I've never liked the solution but it's something I've learned to live with over the last 20-some years. The issue is the "clean install", all Windows-based programs have to be installed [or reinstalled] so as to create their Folder/s, copy support files to where needed by Windows, create the shortcuts in menus and write information to any of the 5 Hives [text files] that make up the Registry so Windows knows how to deal with things. The solution has always been to simply reinstall the errant programs. The "clean install" wiped out/replaced the Registry losing all track of those programs.
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  3.    02 Jul 2017 #3

    Berton said: View Post
    I've never liked the solution but it's something I've learned to live with over the last 20-some years. The issue is the "clean install", all Windows-based programs have to be installed [or reinstalled] so as to create their Folder/s, copy support files to where needed by Windows, create the shortcuts in menus and write information to any of the 5 Hives [text files] that make up the Registry so Windows knows how to deal with things. The solution has always been to simply reinstall the errant programs. The "clean install" wiped out/replaced the Registry losing all track of those programs.
    Thanks for your reply but these are standalone exe's that do not have registry entries. I have tried to restore a Macrium Reflect backup of the entire disk (the HDD) and get the same failure during the restore.
    The failure also occurs when playing music files off the HDD
    All the exe's were working prior to the rebuild.
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  4. AndreTen's Avatar
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       02 Jul 2017 #4

    Bowlsys said: View Post
    Thanks for your reply but these are standalone exe's that do not have registry entries. I have tried to restore a Macrium Reflect backup of the entire disk (the HDD) and get the same failure during the restore.
    The failure also occurs when playing music files off the HDD
    All the exe's were working prior to the rebuild.
    Did you have any extra protection installed before clean install? Google search indicates possible disk corruption etc,
    but I would suggest simple solution. (If sfc /scannow and other actions indicates healthy system).

    You have Macrium image. Instead of restoring image, mount image and copy files to HDD.
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  5.    02 Jul 2017 #5

    Have you taken ownership of the folders not the files can you copy the files are there a lot of files one way to solve it is to convert the disk to fat32 which removes all security
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  6.    03 Jul 2017 #6

    AndreTen said: View Post
    Did you have any extra protection installed before clean install? Google search indicates possible disk corruption etc,
    but I would suggest simple solution. (If sfc /scannow and other actions indicates healthy system).

    You have Macrium image. Instead of restoring image, mount image and copy files to HDD.
    Even copying the files from a mounted image fails both to the original disk and to another volume
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  7. AndreTen's Avatar
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       03 Jul 2017 #7

    Bowlsys said: View Post
    Even copying the files from a mounted image fails both to the original disk and to another volume
    This is really strange. Just for the purpose of testing. Extract one of these problematic files to fat32 formatted USB drive (or make new partition on HDD formatted as fat32 - like Samuria suggested)

    Have to ask again... Did you have any security/ server/ Cloud system installed on system before clean install? And by clean install, do you mean deleting previous partition with system, or installing over it?
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  8.    03 Jul 2017 #8

    Thanks for all your suggestions.
    To recap:-

    Formatted drive C (SSD) and installed Win 10 creators
    Then found I could not access files on drive D (HDD). Tried to restore from Macrium backup but had errors (0x80070780). Tried to mount backup and copy files , same error. Reformatted drive D as NTFS ,same problems with copying or restoring files.
    I have just formatted a USB stick as Fat32 and still getting same result.

    Prior to the rebuild of drive C , nothing special in the way of security affecting C or D, I was running Malwarebytes V3 and Bitdefender.
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  9. AndreTen's Avatar
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       03 Jul 2017 #9

    search on this problem shows two main scenarios: running Windows server with deduplication or drive containing symlinks (in Onedrive folder), what is strange, your problem is with .exe files... Other files are fine?

    Can you show us picture of file properties?
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  10.    03 Jul 2017 #10

    Took screenshot of properties of one of failing exe's and noticed it has 0 size on disk, any ideas how this can be fixed?

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