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Non-Administrative User Cannot Access Removable Media After NTFS Format

The information in this article applies to:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server


When a non-administrative user tries to access removable media after formatting an NTFS drive, access is denied. This occurs after the administrator applies the "Allowed to eject removable NTFS media" policy to allow administrators and interactive users to eject and format the removable media.


This behavior occurs because Windows does not set the appropriate ACLs on the disk to grant the user access rights. A non-administrative user does not have the authority to set the ACLs during the format.


A supported fix that corrects this problem is now available from Microsoft, but it has not been fully regression tested and should be applied only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem. If you are not severely affected by this specific problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next Windows 2000 service pack that contains this fix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time    Version        Size    File name
   07/18/2000  02:59p  5.0.2195.2103  559,376 Autochk.exe
   07/18/2000  02:59p  5.0.2195.2103  571,664 Autoconv.exe
   07/18/2000  02:59p  5.0.2195.2103  552,208 Autofmt.exe
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  13,072  Chkdsk.exe
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  13,072  Chkntfs.exe
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  26,384  Cnvfat.dll
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  14,096  Convert.exe
   06/08/2000  12:35p  5.0.2195.2096  140,336 Fastfat.sys
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  17,680  Fmifs.dll
   07/18/2000  02:58p  5.0.2195.2103  66,832  ifsutil.dll
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  8,464   Recover.exe
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  83,216  Ufat.dll
   06/08/2000  12:38p  5.0.2195.2096  304,400 Untfs.dll


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000.


For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbWin2000PreSP2Fix
Issue type : kbbug
Technology : kbwin2kAdvSer kbwin2kAdvSerSearch kbwin2kS kbwin2kSSearch kbwin2kSearch kbwin2kProSearch kbwin2kPro

Last Reviewed: November 15, 2000
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Article ID: Q269013

Last Reviewed:
November 15, 2000

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