[Solved] Unable to Open Drives on Hard Disk by Double Click

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Not able to open drives on hard disk by double click

Trouble:

Sometimes it happens in windows XP that you are not able to open drives on your hard disk. When you double clicking on the drives icons or right click on the drive>>explore in My computer ,the drive does not open.

This problem is generally caused by most of the viruses which infect windows XP system. They block or restrict your access to any of the drives.

But don’t worry this is not a big trouble it can be fixed easily.

Fix:

Normally when a virus infects a windows system which causes a drive opening problem, it automatically creates a file named autorun.inf in the root directory of each drive.

This autorun.inf file is a read only ,hidden and a system file and the folder option is also disabled by the virus. This is deliberately done by the virus in order to protect itself.  autorun.inf initiates all the activities that the virus performs when you try to open any drive.

You have to just delete this file and restart your system to correct this problem.

Follow the set of commands below to show and delete the autorun.inf

1. Open Start>>Run and type cmd and press enter. This will open a command prompt window. On this command prompt window type the following steps.

2. type cd\

3. type attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf

4. type del autorun.inf

5. now type d: and press enter for d: drive partition. Now repeat steps 3 and 4. Similarly repeat step 5 for all your hard disk partition.

Restart your system and your trouble will be fixed.

Update:

If you find the above procedure difficult, the use:  Scan and Remove Suspicious ‘autorun.inf’ with Autorun Eater

Also see : Autorun File Problems and Solutions by TroubleFixers

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Note: For all those who are not able to correct this problem, after following the above procedure can use a tool called Ravmon Virus Killer designed by Muhammad Abdullah, download it from here.

329 COMMENTS

  1. greattttttttt

    Not able to open drives on hard disk by double click solved very easily…………thanks a lot…….i was gonna format my computer………but problem i solved and i am happy now

  2. i can’t open the local drives directly clicking the icons.
    the drive clicked show the message of open with,but when i open the drives by folder option by expand the drives i able to open every file and folder.what is problem in my pc,please send me the answer aas soon as possible.

  3. I can’t open the local drives directly clicking the icons.
    the drive clicked show the message of open with and opens a window giving the program list. what is problem in my pc,please send me the answer.

  4. Hi ravati..
    please go through this..

    Follow the set of commands below to show and delete the autorun.inf

    1. Open Start>>Run and type cmd and press enter. This will open a command prompt window. On this command prompt window type the following steps.

    2. type cd

    3. type attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf

    4. type del autorun.inf

    5. now type d: and press enter for d: drive partition. Now repeat steps 3 and 4. Similarly repeat step 5 for all your hard disk partition.

    Restart your system and your trouble will be fixed.

  5. hi, my brother has a transcend mp3 player.
    yesterday whn he attached it to the usb port, i faced the problem. i used nod32 v3 to get a trojan removed. but it didn’t do anything to the problem. then i opened folder options and enabled show os files and show hidden files.
    it showed me autorun.inf, a dll file and another kind of file, named 610 (something like that), i deleted both and detached the mp3 player. after reconnecting it to the usb port it worked fine.
    So people, remember to detach your pen drive after removing the malware and then reconnect

  6. Hi Thanks for the wonderful solution. I had been victim to this problem almost thrice in the last 2 months and all the times i had formatted my pc and was sick and tired when i just read this thing but wasnt sure if it wud work but it really did. Once again thanks alot..God bles you!!

  7. Thanks a lot for this easiest solution…i think i have to format my Pc..bcz,last time i did the same.Thank god..Thank you so much…

  8. This was a good solution and solved my problem partially.

    Now when i open c drive , i get the message “Cannot find script file c:\virusMawar.js”.

    I don’t know how to fix the problem. Plz help

  9. @Wasim

    There must be an entry for autorun.inf which causes the message everytime.

    Locate and delete autorun.inf or autorun.ini if any in the “c:”

  10. Thank’s a lot
    Do you know what is the name of virus that cause this problem? kindly it is possible the name is JEEFO or the other. Please help me

  11. hi, such a simple solution to what i thought a trouble of mountain size, engineer suggested me to format the system but thanks to my presence of mind and this brilliant internet that i came to know about your site and it was a quick fire solution, i really appreciate your effort of putting this up for the use of guys like us and expect to get more help from your wonderful site its great, i thank to all the guys who are behind this i think its helping a lot of guys like me so thank you again for your cool site!!!!!!

  12. OMGSH..THANKS BRO..

    it fixed my problem..i went google it..and it took me agez to find the solution..and now ur here..hehe..

    GOd bless..Thanks agin

    Keep Up the Good Job on hacking 😀

  13. i am very much upset in problem of double clicking drives’ icons in my computer for long days. i dont know waht to do. Once i enter this webpage by searching thro google, i got the soln to solve. Really superb… and thanx.

  14. I followed the steps and was able to open the drive c again. Thanks. But rest of drives, D E F cannot be open. Pls help.

  15. Sorry, but the solution didn’t help.
    As i had tried it earlier to but no use so if u have a better solution then tell me.

  16. Assalumu alaikum,
    Thank bhai. It worked it verty well. I thinked of formatting hard disk for this probem.
    Continue your work.
    Thanks a lot …

  17. Thanks, Really helped me out.

    been wondering for a long time on how to fix this pain in the ass problem.

    Cheers and thanks again !!!

  18. not solved my problem,because not found autorun.inf in my system (searching all drives my computer,show hidden and system files)
    pls any other solution for this problem provide me

  19. i m not able to open hard disks c,d,e,f partitions by double click to it…. error comes OPEN WITH …. and not able to open that without exploring that…
    need to get solve this prob… plz

  20. hey bro.. i tried ur tip.. it worked only on drive partition.. i have two.. a C: and an F: drive.. it worked on the C, but the F still opens an open with window.. i tried ur tip once again.. after i typed “attrib -r- -h -s autorun.inf”, it tells me “File not found – autorun.inf”
    if u have any other solution plz tell me.. i thank you a lot man!!!

  21. past 6 months i had this problem, when i try to open hard drives by double click it asks open with and i had tryed lot of methods to solve this problem but i couldn’t. I thought i have to reinstall the OS. Then i have seen your simple method to solve this problem and I used it now i can open all the drives by double click.
    thanks, thanks a lot.

    by

    chivo

  22. awesome……….
    i was fcing this problem from 15 dayz .,asked many of my studious frndz of cs bt result was not impressive …i also got some temporary solutions bt this 1 has permanently removed it ………thanx fr this beautiful and easy method ,i ‘ll definitely tell this to my frndz

  23. DAMN I HAD THIS PROBLEM MANY TIMES ( ABOUT 2-3 TIMES) AND I HAD TO FORMAT MY COMPUTER EACH TIME ?????????
    THANKS MAN YOU, YOU, YOU
    ROCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  24. Respected sir/madam
    Would you not mind to tell/mention the solution of solving the computer hanging(my computer is very slow)

    If sir/madam could give me simple solution,i could be great full to you la.

    Thanking you
    chhoekey

  25. Hi! Thank you for such a good forum.

    The solution for “Not able to open drives on hard disk by double click” nicely worked on my window, now i am so glad to have a virus free window. I think i’d be visiting this site frequently……ooooops.

  26. hi sir this vijay ur sugession really very cool
    i even service engineer cont find my problem i find throw ur site thak u very very very much

  27. Really neat set of instructions. I had this problem and I know this is because of a trojan i cured today. This article really made my day. Thank you very much and keep up the good work.

  28. When I right click any partition of my hard desk, the default command in the menu is SEARCH not OPEN and it comes on the top of commands list, I scanned the whole pc for viruses using several Anti Virus programms and also used Ravmon Removal Tool but still have the same problem. Please help..Thanks and Regards

  29. You rock.

    my problem was resolved immediately. 🙂 nice.

    for people trying: i used Windows 2k3 OS while doing this. ( not sure if this makes any difference at all. )

    vineeth.

  30. nope..I m not doing it right
    problem is that cmd can’t find autorun.inf
    and also I can’t set to view hidden files and folders…
    it’s just turning back “to do not show” on its own

    help please :S

  31. thanks dude….

    i really thanks from the deepness of my heart… you done a great job and keep it….
    we just can sey thanks but God gives you whatever you want in the return of this…
    Thanks again.

  32. hi,

    my any drive or any other sofwares cannot be opened …

    pls pls pls help me ..

    when i want to run regedit in run , it does not open,,,

    pls help me ,

    i cannot open my yahoo messenger and any other tools , i have tried to trestore my system but does not open,

    what i did was i wrote regedit in run , then pressed enter and also in .exe file i edited it as “%1%’

    now i cannot open ven my notepad also…

    pls help

    regards

    bully

  33. Hey dude… Ive tried all of it but the problem is not about autorun.inf
    Actually when i double click on my hard disk icons…. Nothiong at all happens…
    I have already tried re installing windows but all in vain….
    Do u have any solution to it as it is not an autorun.inf problem…
    Also i have checked all the registry values and all of them are already set to NONE….

    Plz reply soon… Need it urgently…..

  34. attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf
    once i typed this gives me message not recognise as internal or external command

  35. hey bro.. i tried ur tip.. it worked only on drive partition.. i have two.. a C: and an F: drive.. it worked on the C, but the F still opens an open with window.. i tried ur tip once again.. after i typed “attrib -r- -h -s autorun.inf”, it tells me “File not found – autorun.inf”
    if u have any other solution plz tell me.. i thank you a lot man!!!

  36. virus create some bad registry if you want to solve this problem then delet this registry

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion­\Explorer\MountPoints2

    delete all drive from here

    run -regedit

    ctrl + f

    paste mountpoints2 then delete it

    then use

  37. Thanks a lot dear, it really solved the problem. I had previously tried famous antivirus softwares like avast, kaspersky etc but they did not solved this problem..

  38. Thanks Bro, it fixed the problem.
    But every folder in the drive has .exe file.
    I tried deleting the folder and restarted the system and i am not able to open the drive again by doubleclicking.
    Any Solution ??

  39. I JUST WANTED TO SAY…………………
    …………………………………..
    “”””ITS WORKING”””
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    THANX A LOT …………………..
    THANX ONES AGAIN ………………..
    ITS AWESOME THANX FOR THE HELP N SUPPORT……………..
    YOU GUYS ARE REALLY GENIOIUS………………..

  40. Dear All,

    One of my drive (G:) is not opening. When I double click the drive, it is showing “The disk in drive G: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?”

    But I have lots of important files in that drive. How can I open the same drive in Windows XP?. Any easy method is there?
    Kindly let me know.

    Guruprasad

  41. There is an another way if you found this difuclt commands just go to tools in options tab select folder options in that select secound tab view and in that hidden files and folders in select show hidden files and folders now go to all drive that you have in yiou can see autorun.ini delete these files and restart your pc.

  42. there is another way also just go to you registery (select run from your windows button in desktop type regedit and press enter) in that search for mountpoints2 you will get 2 to 3 folders simply delete these it will work.

  43. hi,

    i tried opening the drives of my laptop but on double clicking it gives the following error message. i open it by right clicking and selecting explore. the error message-

    —————————
    RECYCLER\S-3-9-30-100013313-100006558-100020925-8202.com
    —————————
    Windows cannot find ‘RECYCLER\S-3-9-30-100013313-100006558-100020925-8202.com’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

    pls help… 🙁

  44. the drive clicked show the message of open with,but when i open the drives by folder option by expand the drives i able to open every file and folder.what is problem in my pc,please send me the answer aas soon as possible.

  45. You are GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD thank you my brotha omggggggggg ive been tryin to open this damn harddrive for a week i normally go to my computer right click then go to explore then browse but not anymore thanks to you thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…. your a genius

  46. Hey,
    Thanks a lot.This article helped me to solve my ‘open drive problem’. 🙂

    I have another problem.I am not able to open my registry with Start>Run>regedit command. It says “windows cannot find regedit “.Neither I can open msconfig.

    So I tried to open registry in safe mode with command prompt.But it is unable to open safe mode also.Can you help me solve this problem.

    Thanks again,
    myetrx

  47. Oh man, it’s fantastic. Anyway, I just don’t want to have viruses again. Can ya tell me which is the BEST antivirus(with Firewall)? I had Avira.

  48. Thanks for trick.
    Last week our router was bad and we loged to net by dial up, making our office network unsafe.

    Many problems started since then and got solutions too
    But above explained was unattended, now we have applied your solution and found working thanks once again

  49. does not open my drive, what can i do………?

    if open the drive means automatically choose browse window open
    its what problem sir……….

  50. hi mr trouble fixers,

    i had the problem of opening the drive,even the experts said i had to reload o/s, and i solved with your help.

    thhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhanks

  51. It works nicely without restarting pc, just safe remove and reconnect ur drive after deleting autorun.inf , it will open normally….thanks

  52. Thank you very much Abhishek
    I solved the problem!
    I still want to know how it happend to my computer even though i am using AVG antivirus..?

  53. Hi All,

    Here is your answer.

    Not able to open d: drive directly. Just follow the below mentioned steps.

    first go to run then write ” regedit” that is registry

    then find ” ctrl+f”

    in this box write “mountpoints2” and delete it ……

    then again press “ctrl+f” again find mountpoints2 until all these files are not deleted

    then u will see ur problems is solved…………….

  54. The story is: once i inserted my pen drive to my pc.then after removing the pen drive, there has been several dupicate folders n files like “Recycler or System Volume Information” created into my drives(C: & D:). even i have tried a lot to delete the dupicate folders n files but it says “Acess is denied”. i cleaned with McAfee antivirus but its of no use…so can u plz help me to fix the problems without formating my pcs…

  55. Hi,
    I am facing a problem of not able to open pen drive. Whenever i try to open the drive, it pops up a dialog with the message “Choose the program you want to use to open this file:”. Please provide me resolution for this, so that i can open the drive on right click on the drive and say open or explore.

    Thanks in advance,

  56. Hello,
    My laptop having four drive & it is not opening with double click & showing the search result.
    plz reply me with solution.

    Regards
    ajay

  57. I am facing the same issue with E drive and when I open command prompt and typed the commands as suggested its not working for me. Please check below text of my command prompt.

    C:\Documents and Settings\denish>cd\

    C:\>attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf
    File not found – autorun.inf

    C:\>del autorun.inf
    Could Not Find C:\autorun.inf

    C:\>e:
    Data error (cyclic redundancy check).

    Please help.

    • @Denish
      Looks like E: on your computer is a DVD drive. Use this command only on the drive letter which are valid HDD partitionss drive letters. To know the same, open My computer Window and see what all drive letters are there for hard disk drives and pen drives etc.

  58. hi, better download unlocker delete autorun.inf or whatever u want which is not deleting due to unspecified path….
    u could kill process which r unaccessing the applications…

  59. Hi, I also have this problem but the thing is i could’nt open anything on my computer
    i try clicking the icons even if i click the start tab still nothing is happening i was going to format the computer but the CD drv is not there on the boot sequence how can i do this? thanks!

  60. When you double Click it theres an Open With Dialog Box because there is an Autorun.inf file inside your hardrive or USB flash disk.

    1. Type CMD at RUN from Start menu
    at DOS Command Prompt Environment

    2. type C: and press enter to explore your local Drive C
    3. type DEL /F /AH AUTORUN.* then press ENTER

    (it will remove all autorun variant on your drive C (such as autorun.inf, autorun.ico, autorun.png, autorun.exe ) note the “*” /F means force delete for read only autorun file, /AH delete autorun with hidden attributes.)
    4. type MD AUTORUN.INF
    (it will create autorun.inf folder on your drive C, since there is an autorun folder on your drive C
    autorun.inf file virus will get conflict with the autorun.inf folder therefore you will not be infected by autorun.inf again) autorun.inf file will not be created since there is a presence of autorun.inf folder on your drive.

  61. Hi ,
    of you have this type of problem, follow some steps

    1) go to the command prompt
    2) type cd
    3) type attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf
    4) type del autorun.inf

    this above steps for c drive
    to delete the autorun from all the drives

    type D: for d drve and folow the same above steps

  62. I have tried both Elmer R Valdez and N.K. Parmar’s fixes but each time the response I get is:
    Could not Find or The system could not find the path specified. What am I doing wrong?

  63. hi,
    i am kiran,
    i have problem with my pendrive. it is working fine like copying files, formatting, shows properties,
    everything is fine but when i copy the video files ( which are more than 100mb or so), they are not playing and shows error msg. and if the video files are less than 100mb, they are playing with out any errors…

  64. I have problems accessing my PQI 8GB pen drive 15190940058034,I don’t know what caused it and how it begun ,but this error message keep repeating itself ,”USB DRIVE IS NOT FORMATTED” and at first when I insert it into my PC it appears with the name I have renamed but now it appears
    “REMOVABLE DISK” more so it cannot be scanned .I cannot get my files from it and I don not want to format it.

  65. Dear Sir,
    i checke that but i got the messaage ” is not recognized internal or external command” what i do? please help me its very urgent

  66. I am not sure what the problem is but i am not able to view the conntents of my hard drive, i re installed XP which took a very loooong time. I had vista previously but it crashed and was not able to re-install it again as the system just refused to load the setup starting window. I left my system overnite to install XP and it worked out fine. But not able to view any of the drives.I formatted one of the drives to be sure it does not contain any viruses but still the drive did not open.
    One more thing is that, my HDD are being displayed with a folder icon on them. I am not sure where the problem could be. TO be sure i flashed my BIOS also. But even that did not wrk out. Please suggest what actions i need to take. I would do all things in my power b4 going to any system repair guy.

    Thanks in advance very much,
    Arun.

  67. Dude! I have the same problem…when I want to double click on folder, c drive or d drive.. it doesn’t open it, it shows error message (’cause its some how set on explore and not open)!! Why and how can i change it???? Please help

  68. Thanx so much…it was a very irritating trouble and i would have to re-start my external HD..this solved d problem !! Cheers mate

  69. i installed AVG 2011, now when i boot the system, it asks for market research cd rom details, and now i am not able to open c drive or any drives. it aks for open with application. what to do?

  70. Dear Friends,

    i have a problem… i connected a memory card to my systems using USB… suddenly, one of the folders in the memory card changed and says open with… but the same memory card has other folder and files which can be opened… could u please help me out…

    Cheers…

  71. Thanks a lot for such a wonderful and easy step. It didn’t realized what was causing the issue. I was afraid of formatting the system again. You saved my hours.

    Kudos to you. Thanks one again!!!

  72. —————————
    Disk is not formatted
    —————————
    The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
    —————————
    Yes No
    —————————
    first wen i’m in win7 i installed foldersecurity after that i changed my OS to xp for office work purpous but from that wen i’m getting access D: drive i’m getting this error any one please help me yaar i’ve many important files over there……. :(………

  73. okay Im going to try it.. but will it effect any of my pictures folder or file in the SD card? My problem is the same which is it can’t be open and when i double click on the icon(SD CARD) at my computer –> it enter the directory but there is no file or folder inside.. (hidden maybe).

    But i am afraid when i delete the autorun.. it will also effect/delete all the folders and files pic in my sd card.

    Help me please.

  74. Hi dear,

    In my PC all foalders have got child foalder with parent foalder name and with size of 387 and 486..when i delete this foalder, againg its creating after reboot…., please give me the solution to solve this problem….,this made my computer very slow……,

  75. my Drive C is working fine but when i am trying to open Drive D or any other Drives by double clicking on it ITS GOING ON “OPEN WITH”..

    what is the solution for this ?

    plzzz reply… waiting for help..

  76. thanku guys……………
    this method is really awsome…………..
    and it works
    i tried a lot and atlast i got the solution………………..
    <3 <3

  77. you may double click the “my computer” then click the folder option at top bar, then the left side will appear option, double click the c drive and now can open already.

  78. Hi
    Thank you very much . i was having this problem for a long time . it was solved in notime.
    great i mvery happy

    thanks a lot
    you are great

  79. Thanks a million. After a virus infestation on my pc I started having this problem and I was at a loss and very frustrated. This helped me a lot.
    Thank You 🙂

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