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Where in the HD are the folders "My documents" & "My pictures"?


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#1 MyCompterSucks

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 06:18 PM

As some of you may know from my previous post. My old computer went south and I had to remove the hard drive to transfer the files to the new computer. Now I have the old HD in a USB enclosure but I can't find those 2 folders mentioned above in the disk. Also if my old computer had a virus/malware wouldn't the virus be present in the HD? So far my new computer using AVG hasn't detected any virus yet from that drive.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 06:24 PM

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Pictures

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:49 PM

Ok I see the folder now, but when I try to open it I get a message that says I have no permission to access it (or something of that nature) what is this all about and how can I get "permission" to open it? I never did set up any kind of passwords to access that folder before. Thanks

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:11 AM

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc144102(VS.85).aspx

It is possible that the desktop.ini file for each of your "special" folders has been corrupted, or infected, so you might open each one up in notepad and see if it matches what Microsoft describes in the above-linked MSDN article.

Beyond that, have you done anything related to file permissions lately? It sounds like what's happened is that those files have either become associated with another username (i.e., not yours) or for some other reason your username access permissions have been changed so that you're no longer permitted to access the files.

That all could be the work of some bit of malware.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:06 PM

When a user moves certain files (e.g., My Documents) from one system to another...access is often denied on the new system, even if it's the same user/owner.

But, this is easily overcome by following the suggestions at How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:12 PM

Ahh Thanks Louis, I'll add this to my collection.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 06:37 PM

When a user moves certain files (e.g., My Documents) from one system to another...access is often denied on the new system, even if it's the same user/owner.

But, this is easily overcome by following the suggestions at How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Louis


Yes that did it! thanks very much!

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 08:04 PM

Easily done, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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