Knowledge - Mistaked to delete file
Position: Home > Mistaked to delete file > [SOLVED] Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device Path or File

Top 10 Articles:
New Knowledge:

[SOLVED] Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device Path or File

Received "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file" when you want to open a file. Don't worry about not being able to access your important files, Bitwar Data Recovery software can help find them which were even removed, deleted, hidden, lost, etc.
Bitwar Data Recovery for Windows download Bitwar Data Recovery for Mac download

You may receive the error such as the image below when trying to start a program or open a file on your Windows computer. So, what are the possible reasons that make Windows fail to access the specified device, path or file as normal? And how to make you to rescue lose data and files?

Reasons to cause the error:

You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item" because of one of the following reasons.
        1. You don't have permissions to the file, the folder or the drive.
        2. You are clicking a shortcut to access a file on an external drive or a network location that is now not properly connected to the PC or is not available.
        3. The file has been deleted or moved to other location. Or the file or its shortcut is corrupt.
        4. The file may be blocked by Windows.
        5. The file is blocked by the anti-virus software of your computer.

Methods to solve the error:

Method 1: Check the permission of the file or folder

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. Follow these steps:
1.      Right-click the file or folder, and then select Properties.
2.      Select the Security tab.
3.      Under Group or User names, click your name to see the permissions you have.

4.      Select Edit, and then select to check the check boxes for the permissions that you need (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. And then select OK.

If you have enabled the permissions, this method doesn't work for you, move on the next method.

Method 2: Check the file location

You might get this error if the shortcut or installation is attempting to access a location that is not currently available such as a networked or a removable drive. Check the path of the file that Windows cannot access and make sure that the location is accessible. If the shortcut or other file type has become corrupt. You should check for corruption in shortcuts by recreating the shortcut.

Method 3: Make sure that the file has not been moved or deleted

You can also receive this error if the file has been moved or deleted. Browse to the location of the file and make sure the file is in that location.

Method 4: Unblock the file

In some cases the file may be blocked by Windows.
1.      Right-click the blocked file and then select Properties.
2.      In the General tab, select Unblock if the option is available.

Method 5: Check to see if your antivirus software is blocking the file

You can check to see if your antivirus software is blocking a file by temporarily disabling it, and then trying to open the file. If you disabled your antivirus software, you should re-enable it as soon as you are done.
However, disabling your antivirus software or changing the settings may make your PC vulnerable to viral, fraudulent, or malicious attacks. Microsoft does not recommend that you disable your antivirus software or change the settings. Use this workaround at your own risk.

Method 6: Recover the File That Has Been Deleted, Removed or Corrupted

If the file deleted/removed/un-accessed because the file is corrupt or deleted, external drive is damaged or effected by virus, you can recover the lost file with Bitwar Data Recovery.
Bitwar Data Recovery is such professional data recovery software that is compatible with any devices such as digital camera, hard drives, SD cards, Memory cards, media players and portable drives. From these devices, you can recover audios, videos, pictures, archives, emails, and documents. Whether you deleted these files, or lost them due to virus, or due to formatting, or due to partition have lost you can still have them back using this software.
This software is totally clean (it includes no bundled spyware or virus); besides, it is very user-friendly (it doesn't require any data recovery knowledge or experience); more importantly, it is very powerful (it not only allows to perform the quick recovery that each recovery software can do, but also supports to perform the deep scan to find much more lost files with a detailed scanning algorithm. Besides, it also supports to raw recovery.). It is very easy-to-use and allows you to make a selection before recovery with Preview the data.
It Supports OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 high Sierra) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro etc.

Bitwar Data Recovery for Windows download Bitwar Data Recovery for Mac download

Steps to recover lost data

Step 1: Launch the powerful program and select the partition which your data lost from and click "next". If you want to recover data from external disk, please connect it to your computer and select it.
Step 2: Select "Quick Scan" If your data is not lost due to formatting the partition and click "Next". But if you performed a quick format on a partition of hard disk, you can select "Formatted Recovery" to recover your formatted data.
And if you haven't found the lost data by "Quick Scan" or "Formatted Recovery", don't worry, try "deep scan" one more time. The deep scan will search every sector of hard drive with a detailed scanning algorithm to find all existing files. But the scanning process will spend more time than quick scan and will not have the original file name in the scanning results.
Step 3: Choose the correct file types and press "next" button to start scanning.
Step 4: After the scan, you can filter the data you lost and preview them separately. After determined, select them and click the "Recover" button to save it to another partition of hard disk or other external disk.


After this operation, the lost data had been recovered with Bitwar Data Recovery software.

Keep Noted:

      ●First, please keep in your mind that once you lost files, stop using the device or folder immediately. If you lost files on an external storage device, connect the storage device to your computer firstly.
      ●Second, try to find the lost files in your Recycle Bin if the lost files were saved on the hard disk.
      ●Third, turn to ask help of Bitwar Data Recovery software for help if nothing is found.
Now free download the powerful software here!

Bitwar Data Recovery for Windows download Bitwar Data Recovery for Mac download

This article is original, reproduce the article should indicate the source URL:
Keywords:windows cannot access the spec