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Do not have permission on external hard drive

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#1 BigD_NC


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:58 PM

Hello, I converted my old desktop hard drive into an external hard drive for my laptop. The old desktop ran on XP (if that matters).

My new laptop is Windows 7.

When I plugged in the external hard drive, I tried to access the folders and got "permission denied". After looking online I found out that I need to become the owner of the new files/folders in order to set permissions.

I went into Start > Computer > right click on E: drive (E: is the name of the external HD)

Clicked on Properties > Security > Advanced > Owner tab. Now I initially selected "my computer"\Administrators as the owner. Checked "Replace owner on subcontainer and objects"

I then tried to access the folder and was denied. So I repeated the steps and made my username as the owner.

I also went in and gave myself full access to the folders.

Now it is hit or miss. Some folders are OK to go into, some still require me to become owner.

I cannot access any of my files, unless I go in one by one and give myself "full permission".

I have thousands of files on my hard drive, and I really don't want to go in one by one to set my permissions.

Am I missing anything? Is there any ownership or permissions that I can set at the top level and have it go all the way to the files?

Thanks in advance (I hope I gave enough information, but if not, please ask.)

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#2 Allan


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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:09 AM


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