Access Denied: SyncToy 2.1 with Win 7 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi folks,
    I'm running Win 7 Pro and using SyncToy I use it to Echo the contents of an NTFS folder on a secondary partition with a local USB drive. I have several other folder pairs, but this one recently started giving me Access Denied messages. I am Local Admin in Windows and there are no permissions set on any folders on the USB drive

    These error messages apply to files and folders. At first I thought it may be a destination drive space issue but I've cleared a load of stuff out and have plenty of free space (>10GB).

    The message reads: -

    Error: Cannot write to the destination file. Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007005 (E_ACCESSDENIED)) Renaming <<source file path>> to <<destination file path>>

    Interestingly some of these renaming messages apply to files on the destination disk, i.e. the source is also on the destination disk. It is almost as if SyncToy has got out of Sync with itself, and is locking itself out of files.

    When I run the preview for this folder pair I'm told the following: -
    Delete folder      32
    Delete               78
    Overwrite          13
    Rename            251
    New                  0
    Create Folder    0
    All ops               374

    ...this is immediately AFTER running the Sync. I'm nervous that I have 374 un-synchronised actions within the folder pair.

    Apart from deleting and recreating the folder pair, is there any way of resolving this?

    Thanks for your help.
    Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:16 AM


  • I stand corrected - I had assumed being a local admin meant that I had rights over all local drives, but apparently not.

    I had to manually set the NTFS permissions (in Windows Explorer r-click on destination folder, Properties, Security tab) by selecting my account clicking Edit and giving it Full Control permissions. I then re-ran SyncToy and it performed the 374 remaining actions.

    • Marked as answer by JayNC Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:52 AM
    Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:51 AM