8 Ways to Solve Destination Folder Access Denied in Windows

Learn to fix “Destination Folder Access Denied” in Windows error caused by unknown reasons in different methods.


By Lucas / Updated on October 9, 2023

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What’s the “destination folder access denied in Windows” error?

Do you know what happens when you see “Destination Folder Access Denied. Need Permissions to Perform this Action.” on your screen? Some users just want to copy or move some files and folders to another place. Well, indeed, this error commonly appears during the process of copy or transferring your files and folders, especially moving those files from an old OS to a newly installed one.

And also, the trigger of this error can be unpredictable and the unavailability of 'Ownership' might cause this problem too, for the ownership of the files and folders relates closely to the account, but several files are not movable.

Then some users would say we can operate as an administrator to get more authority. But, they might find that things are not going to change. Because there are Windows files to protect Windows system files against being overwritten.

How do I fix: Destination Folder Access Denied?

So, how do I fix the “Destination Folder Access Denied” error? If there is not only one reason to bring about this error, how do I fix it?

Here, we choose 6 common methods for you to help you solve the “Destination Folder Access Denied” error.

1. Change the folder ownership

Users who confront “Destination Folder Access Denied” in Windows 10/7 can try this solution.

In this part, we will separately list detailed steps for Windows 10 users, and for Windows 7 users.

Section 1: For Windows 10 users

Step 1. Right-click the file or folder you wish to take, click “Properties” in the menu.

File Properties

Step 2. In the prompt window, choose “Security”, and click “Advanced” “Owner”.

Properties Security advance

Step 3. In the new window, click “Change”, then you’ll see a “Select User or Group” window. In the “Enter the object name to select" box, type “Administrator” or the user name, click “Check Names” “OK”.

Owner change

Check name

Step 4. Check "Replace owner on subcontainters and objects”, and click "Apply" and "OK" to save the operations. You can also check the "Replace all child object permission entries" option.

Replace owner

Section 2: For Windows 7 users

Step 1. Right-click the file, and choose "Properties" in the menu.

Step 2. Click "Edit" in the Properties window, then click "OK" to confirm.

Step 3. Select "user/group" in the permission windows or click "Add" to add other users.

Step 4. In the “Permission”, please assign full access rights control permissions via checking “Full Control” in the “Allow” window.

Step 5. Click "OK" to execute the changes and click “OK” to exit.

Then you can check if the error has been solved or not.

2. Set permissions to the inaccessible device

Changing the target folder to obtain permission may also solve the problem.

Step 1. Right-click the inaccessible device, like a USB/hard drive or your files, and click “Properties” in the small menu.

Step 2. In the Properties window, open “Security”, click “Edit”, and choose the user name in the “Group” box.

Step 3. Now, check all contents in the “Permissions for Users” box, tick “Allow” in all lines, then click “OK” > “Apply” to obtain permissions.

Permission of user

3. Change Network & sharing settings

If you are copying/moving a file to or from a network location, and getting a "Destination folder access denied" error, make sure Network Discovery & File Sharing is enabled.

Step 1. Open Settings, go to the "Network" option, and find "Network and Sharing Centre".

Network sharing centre

Step 2. In the Network and Sharing Center’s window, click on Change advanced sharing settings in the left pane.

Change advanced

Step 3. Make sure to turn on network discovery and all other settings are all ticked on "Turn on..."

Turn on sharing settings

4. Using Advanced Sharing

When reading a source file shared on another machine, we may utilize Advanced sharing, which gives us more control over who sees what and what level of access they have.

Step 1. Right click on the source file/folder, and click on Properties, and click on the Sharing tab. Click Share, write the ComputerName\Username of the user who wants to modify it, and click Add. If the user’s already there, you can skip this.

Step 2. Against the user name, under Permission Level, select Read/Write. Click Share > Done.

Step 3. Now click on Advanced Sharing, and click yes if the User Account Control (UAC) warning appears. Click on Share this folder to put a check on it.

Step 4. Click on Permissions and click Add. Now type YourComputerName\YourUserName & click OK.

Advanced sharing properties

Step 5. In the permissions panel below, make sure the “Full Control” option is checked under the “Allow” column. Click Apply > OK.

Step 6. Click Apply > OK in the Advanced Sharing window.

5. Fix corrupted file system

The thing is if the file system of the hard drive is corrupted, the “Destination Folder Access Denied” error will also occur on your PC. So the first thing is to check if there’s something wrong with your hard drive. Therefore, you will need a professional and convenient tool to help you, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is your reliable assistant to get rid of all your worries. You can run a hard drive test with this application and fix relevant problems through effortless operations. After fixing, AOMEI can also help you recover lost data from the hard drive. Let’s see what this powerful software can do for this issue.

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Step 1. Install and launch Partition Assistant. Right-click the disk you wish to scan and select the “Disk Surface Test” function from "Test" in the top toolbar, which will mostly check bad sectors of the selected disk.

Surface test

Step 2. Click “Start” to run the surface test. You can tick “Quick Check” to perform a fast test.

Quick check

Step 3. After the test, the bad section will be repaired. But this may not ensure your issue to be fixed.

Step 4. Changing the drive letter is the solution to the “Destination Folder Access Denied” error.

Chande drive letter

Step 5. Right-click the hard drive with the issue, choose “Advanced” and click “Change Drive Letter”

Strep 6. In the new pop window, click the little bar behind "New Drive Letter" to start a pop-down menu and choose which letter you like as your new drive letter.

Select new drive letter

Note: You can assign any letter to a drive and the drive letter will be removed if you choose None as the new drive letter.

Step 7. Click "OK" after the change, and the new drive letter will show in the main window. Then click "Apply" to commit.


6. Use “CHKDSK”.

CHKDSK is another choice for you to fix “Destination Folder Access Denied.” Error.

Step 1. Press “Win” + “R” at the same time, type “cmd” to open Command Prompt. Then type chkdsk x, “x” is the name of the inaccessible hard drive.

Step 2. Press “Enter” to check.


Step 3. When the process is finished, type “exit” and press “Enter” to over the process.

7. Disable “User Account Control”

Because the “User Account Control” might deny access to the folders and files, disabling the “User Account Control” can also fix the issue.

Step 1. In the Windows search bar, insert “UAC” and press “Enter”.

Step 2. In the new window, you can drag the slider on the left to “Never notify” and click “OK”.


Step 3. When the warning window pops out, click “Yes” and reboot your PC to check.

8. Format the hard drive

If all the above methods can’t solve the problem, formatting the hard drive can be the last choice you can try. AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro can also help you with its “Format This will delete all things on your hard drive, so please make sure you have backed up your data.

Step 1. Right-click the hard drive and choose “Format Partition”.

Format partition

Step 2. Set the partition label, cluster size, and file system, and click “OK”.

Select file system

Step 3. Click “Apply” on the main page to execute the operation.


With these 6 methods, many users can solve “Destination Folder Access Denied” in the Windows system. Some methods may be a little complex, but the reason for this error is uncertain, so you may try one more way to fix this issue.

Lucas · Staff Editor
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