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HELP! Access Denied to folders XP Home - Vista


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#1 BlackHawk1

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 04:28 PM

Hi. I hope someone can help out. I would greatly appreciate it! Here's the situation... The motherboard in my friends laptop went bad so we took the hard drive out of it (SATA drive) and installed it in to my desktop computer which is SATA capable. My desktop computer runs XP Home Edition and the laptop hard drive which is now the secondary drive which we are trying to recover files from has Windows Vista on it. When we try to access certain folders on the Vista drive we get "access denied" messages. Can we change this so we can access the Vista folders? Again remember... I am running XP Home and the laptop drive has Vista on it. Does the laptop drive need to be put in another computer running Vista or can we still do this on my computer that has XP Home on it? I hope you understood the situation correctly. Thanks for the help!!!

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 04:58 PM

Take ownership of files and folders
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 05:42 PM

I greatly appreciate the reply, but this does not work for my particular situation.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 06:20 PM

I must say that would have been my answer too - once you take ownership of a folder, subfolders and files you can then also assign security permissions to other users (so you don't have to keep accessing it with an admin account).

The fact that the disk came from Vista is not important, the NTFS file system is essentially unchanged and the same method should work just fine.

How far did you get with the process in that article? At what point does it come unstuck?
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