Disk Access Denied in Avid Media Composer – simple and fast fix

With 50 Kisses and editing the videos for the LSF going on simultaneously, we have several USB drives being moved around several Avid computers to handle the massive data throughput.

Yesterday I got a drive problem I have had before – for some reason, Avid or Windows, or a combination of the two, lock access to the Avid Media Folders. When trying to look in the folder I would get the error message DISK_ACCESS_DENIED.

The upshot is that I seemed to only be able to access that particular locked folder on the computer on which it was created. As far as I can see I had no special permissions setup at the time and I have no idea why these folders got locked.

Ringing around my editor friends, it seems I am not the only person to have had this problem.

But I have found a really simple fix to regain control and access to the folders. To get around this you need to do some nifty registry editing, which normally would mean a major headache as you would need to manually edit all manner of registry keys.

Thankfully someone has created a simple registry hack that will do it all for you. All you need to do is install it and then right click on the folder, and select ‘Take Ownership’. The folder will then be unlocked.

It worked for me on Windows 7, and apparently it works on Vista too. I have not tried it on XP.

You can download the zip file here… it’s called Take Ownership… TakeOwnership

While it worked for me, it may not work for you, and if your system crashes, or you loose data, I can’t be held responsible.

Good luck!

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
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