I've setup the built-in OpenSSH in Windows 10 and connected remotely via WinSCP SFTP protocol. I seem to have access to all folders in my C: drive, but I cannot access the external drives of my computer. Going to the "root" folder just lists the C: drive. I tried creating a soft directory symlinks in a directory that I can access, but that doesn't seem to work. They appear as files in WinSCP and I cannot access them. How can I add them? Also, is there a way to restrict access to certain folders if I wanted to share access to only certain folders of my server?

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While some Windows SFTP servers do implement a virtual root folder which lists available drives, Win32-OpenSSH does not. It redirects the root folder / to /C:/ (or maybe to a system drive).

If you want to visit another drive, you have to manually change a working directory.

  • In WinSCP GUI, you can do that using "Open Directory" command and typing a path to the desired drive, like /D:/.

  • In command-line SFTP clients, like OpenSSH sftp, PuTTY psftp or WinSCP scripting, you can use cd command, like:

    cd /D:/

There's actually WinSCP FAQ for How do I change drive on the remote panel?

Regarding your attempt to solve this using a symlink: A symlink really shows as a file in WinSCP (as the server presents it as an unknown file type). But a directory junction shows as a directory (the server presents it as a regular directory, not a link). Though since WinSCP 5.14.2, you can make WinSCP try to enter "file" using Ctrl+PgDn.


On server machine, change default command shell as "PowerShell".

New-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\OpenSSH" -Name DefaultShell -Value "C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -PropertyType String -Force

Refer this link This change should solve your problem.

  • How does changing the default shell enable adding/removing drives to the OpenSSH SFTP server. I don't get it.
    – zx485
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 17:27

used this to set up sftp https://v2cloud.com/tutorials/how-to-set-up-an-sftp-server-in-windows

the \ is used by windows, and / is used by unix/linux...  when you configure ssh or sftp it provides a unix/linux like interface, probably if we go through the logs you will see an error for c:, but since it is windows default it sent you to c:\sftproot.... simply set ChrootDirectory D:/SFTPRoot in the sshd_config file

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    Commented Jan 31, 2023 at 17:12

There seems to be a bug/glitch when using openssh with the default "cmd.exe" shell. At least on my system, when you change the drive letter from c: to d: the dir listing doesn't refresh, even if you do cls first. But with powershell, if you do cls in between, then it works.

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