1520: Access Denied to Restored Files or Folders

Last update: 01-07-2014

Restore the files/folders again with the File level security settings option ticked off

This article applies to:

  • Acronis True Image 2014
  • True Image 2013 by Acronis
  • Acronis True Image Home 2012/2011/2010
  • Acronis True Image Home 11/10.0/9.0
  • Acronis True Image 9.1/Echo
  • Acronis Backup 11.5
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5/11/10


  1. You restore files or folders from an Acronis backup archive to a different Windows operating system;
  2. When you try to access the restored files/folders you get the Access denied error message.


Even if you used the same user account to create the image and to log in the operating system, where you restored the files/folders, these accounts still have different SIDs (Security Identifiers). Therefore you may not have rights to access certain folders or files.


  1. Restore the files/folders again, but this time on the Choose Restore Options screen of the Recovery wizard select Set the options manually;
  2. Select File level security settings and uncheck the Restore files preserving their security settings option.
Acronis True Image 9.1/Echo Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Acronis True Image Home 2011


More information

See also When Trying to Explore Certain Folders of a Mounted Image Archive, Access Denied Message Appears.

If you do not have an opportunity to restore the files/folder again, you can try taking ownership of the files as described in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 308421.