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Problem With Rescuing Some Files.


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#1 Village Baka

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 05:48 PM

Hiya. I'm trying to rescue files from the family computer, which just died (motherboard is shot). I took out the HDD and have it set as a slave to my personal comp, and I was able to extract most of my family's files from their respective "My Documents" folders. However, one of the accounts had the My Documents folder set to private. This presents a sort of problem, because I can't copy, cut, move, or open any of the files that she wants rescued. I can enter the private folders, but if I try anything with the files it gives me the "Access Denied: Make sure the drive is not full or write-protected and the file is not in use" message. It seems that there's no way to un-privatize those folders, and I can't put it back in the other computer. What can I do to circumvent the denial of access problem? Any help appreciated, thanks!

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 05:50 PM

There's a way :thumbsup:, How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 05:58 PM

uumm....

afaik, when the documents folder is set to private, its set to private

that means no external acces from anywhere but the account that its locked to...

otherwise - download and get going a copy of UBCD (http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/) or alternatly, recovery console.

boot into it, load up cmd:

(where x is, replace with your drive letter, also assumes you use the administrator account)

cd x:\documents and settings\user

cacls "my documents" /g administrator:f

of course if u cant get into the users folder, make it cacls user /g administrator:f

as i said, im pretty sure that if its private, it is really private...
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Posted 23 October 2007 - 11:54 PM

Thanks a ton Hamluis, It worked like a charm!

And Tristan, I have the drive from the broken computer hooked up a slave, so it's basically functioning like a giant flash drive. The OS boots from the main HDD, so I can't log into the accounts from the slave HDD. And surprisingly enough, that help file made it really easy to get into things that it says I shouldn't. It's just a matter of having an administrator account and reassigning who has what rights to what files. Thanks for the suggestion anyway!

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 05:16 AM

Happy computing :thumbsup:.

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