Help I can no longer access my Element 1TB drive

When I click on my Computer then my Element Drive in the F:/ location I get  2 messages F: is not accessible access denied.  I am using a PC with Windows 7 OS

There is a number of things that could cause this but here are some basics to try first:

  1. Try the drive on another system (If fails try step 2)
  2. Try the drive with a different cable 
  3. Check to see if the drive shows up in disk management (See below)

How i get to disk management

  1. Start
  2. Run
  3. type “mmc” then hit ENTER
  4. May need to authorize it to run (select yes)
  5. inside of MMC (Console 1) go to File > Add/Remove Snap-in…  > add Disk Management from the list on the left
  6. Leave on “this computer” then click finish > then OK
  7. Inside of Console 1 click on Disk Management

Depending on what you see different steps will need to be taken, I would post the answer to the following questions:

  • Does the drive work on another system?
  • Does the drive work with another cable (or could you test this)?
  • Does the drive show up in disk management?
  • If yes…how is the space for the drive labled? unallocated? allocated? etc.
  • if no…

Copied from a previous post by fzabkar:

Can you hear the drive spin up?

Can you see it in Disk Management? Device Manager?
Can you see the USB enclosure with Microsoft’s UVCView utility?