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Old hard drive in new Windows 7 Computer but can't access files & folders


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#1 Stephanie87

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 02:30 PM

I'm hoping someone can help me out.
I have an old hard drive with a ton of pictures and other irreplaceable files on it from a computer I had few years back. In case it makes any difference, the computer that hard drive originally was in ran Windows XP Pro.
I recently got a new computer, with Windows 7 and had the hard drive put into this new computer, along with the hard drive that came in the computer. I can get to the drive itself, but when I try to access folders or files, either access is denied or folders which should contain more folders, are empty. I have tried changing the permission and ownership options on the drive, but no luck.
Any tips or advice?

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 08:02 PM

You need to take ownership of the files on your old hard drive :)...this is a very common situation in all versions of Windows.

Windows 7 Take Ownership - http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:44 PM

Got it! Thank you! :)

I'm still new to Windows 7.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:12 AM

You are welcome, happy computing :).

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