If you are getting Outlook error 'file access is denied' on a regular basis and wanted to get rid of this, then you are at right place. This article will help you to fix the above mentioned error message and related problem in a very simplified manner. Actually, these error messages are very serious Outlook errors which can be very frustrating at times as they obstruct the smooth functioning of MS Outlook application. So, it is very important to get rid of such errors as failing to do so may cause severe PST corruption issues and ultimately data loss.
At times, users may face issues while importing PST files from CD-ROM using Outlook import-export utility. And during the process, users may fail to browse the PST file imported. When they make any attempt to do so, they receive an error message in the dialogue which says - "Personal Folders: Properties for this information service must be defines prior to use." In the same process, when they proceed further by clicking 'OK', they encounter an error message on the PC screen which says -
"Microsoft Outlook Error: "File access is denied". You don't have the permission to access the PST file."
Reason Behind the Error
Well, this error has mainly caused because the PST file you are trying to import is a made with read-only attribute and that file can only be read, can't be imported. That's the reason why, people encountered Outlook error file access is denied while attempting to open PST file from the CD-ROM
How to fix this Outlook error?
Well, now when the probable cause of the above mentioned error message is known, it becomes easier to fix this error up. Just make a copy of the PST file from the CD-ROM and store in on the hard drive. Then go to the properties option and by right-clicking the selected PST file and un-check the read-only check box. Then to complete the step click on 'OK'. Now the PST file can easily be imported by using import and export wizard utility.
But in case the above error message occurs again while attempting to import PST file, then there must be a severe PST corruption or the PST file must be password protected. In such situation, it is advised to revoke the password first and then try to access the PST file again. However, if there is still a problem access the imported file, then it is advised to use inbuilt Scanpst.exe utility or third party Outlook PST Repair software.