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Taking ownership of files from another PC and hard drive


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#1 Fuzetsu

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 06:51 PM

My Windows XP computer recently died. The hard drive is perfectly intact, so I removed it and got a hard drive enclosure for it. Now I have it connected to my Vista Home Premium PC via USB.

Everything seems fine, but there's a problem: I can't view the files I have under my Windows XP user (Documents and Settings/.../My Documents, etc). back on my XP computer, i had set absolutely everything under my XP user to be private from other users.

I want to be able to access them again. I'm aware that I can go to Properties, Security, then Group and User Names, but this process is painstakingly long (especially with subfolders) and most importantly, I can't access applications, txt, and zip/rar files just to name a few.

Is there any way around this?

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 07:03 PM

Quick google search shows a registry hack zip file thats called TakeOwn.zip That gives you a right click context menu to take ownership. I have never used it, nor can vouch for it's usability. But many seem to like it, and enjoy the ease of operation.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:02 PM

I just downloaded and it works pretty great.

Thanks!

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 12:28 PM

You're welcome.

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A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." Douglas Adams (1952-2001)


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