An error occurred while applying security information to

While attempting to move files from a hard drive I recovered I kept getting the following error on a specific set of files.

An error occurred while applying security information to
Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied.

In order to fix it did the following.

-Open a Command Prompt "As Administrator"

-Run the following commands:

takeown /f G:\folder/r /d y
icacls G:\folder /grant administrators:F /T


Viet Ha Tran said…
Your input help me much! Many thanks!
Susan Walker said…
I have an external hard drive that was somehow messed with and there are files that cannot be accessed. I'm receiving the same message. How would I fix this issue?
Charles Chan said…
Thanks for your post! It worked when all other attempts had failed.

Thanks again.
Harv said…
Bro - you are THE shit. This worked when nothing else would. Thanks a ton
Joe Jett said…
Nice one Richard! Thanks!
Thinh said…
Thanks for your post! It worked for me !
PowerBrain said…
not working ... access denied error message is coming

HBH ZTH said…
I only get system error when trying those CMD commands.
Admin said…
Very very nice solution. CMD command works for me

Thanks a lot
Sarah Taylor said…
Holy shit you literally just showed me how to fix a problem our "IT" guy has been working on for weeks.....You are the bomb
Lonso said…
This solved it for me

You may also try Computer Management/Shared Folders/Open Files and close any affected files. For me this solved the problem.

Proposed as answer by Robert van Jaarsveld Friday, October 31, 2014 12:45 PM

Tom O'Kane said…
this doesn't work for me, neither commands are being recognised
Unknown said…
Damn!! It worked.
For the ones saying the command doesn't work, put a space after the folder name, as in:
takeown /f G:\folder /r /d y

one more thing, change "administrators" for your administrator name, like my case, in portuguese, it goes like this:

icacls G:\folder /grant administrador:F /T

Thanks a lot, Richard
Nagaraju Tadi said…
Awesome....Richard you simply great. thanks for sharing such wonderful solution. thanks
Vivek Dhakal said…
Thanks a lot.
Curtis Coates said…
You are a lifesaver! NOTE: I had to put the path in quotes and add a space between the path and the /r.
sabuncu4 said…
This is the single most useful approach to this problem. The other method (going through Properties->Security then editing the permissions) is from hell. Thanks.
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