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Hopefully, this is posted in the correct place :). I inserted my USB flash drive into my computer and scanned it for a viruses since I've been having trouble lately with a trojan virus that caused me to reboot my computer last week. I found a trojan virus in the E:/BOOTKEY.....file. Now when I insert my USB flash drive or an external hard drive into my computer, I get a message saying E:/ access denied or I get a folder that once clicked on, the open with screen comes up and I can't access the files. Does anyone know what I will need to do to access my USB drive? Should I do a repair with the Windows XP installation disk? Thanks in advance
 

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Do you wish to keep the files on your USB drive?
It sounds like your anti-virus might be blocking access.
If you don't mind deleting whatever is on the USB drive at the moment, then you can format it and that will wipe everything.
To do this:
1) Locate you USB drive in 'My Computer'
2) Right click --> select format
3) You shouldn't need to change anything, just click start.
4) It will format the drive, this will wipe everything on the drive.

Once complete try opening the drive again.

If the above doesn't work:
You may need to take ownership of the drive. Assuming you have XP Home, visit THIS page a follw those steps there. The 'file' you are taking ownership of will be the USB drive/s.
If you have XP Pro you do not need to boot into safe mode.

Hope this helps.
 
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