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#1 Viro

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 12:11 AM

So I'm building a new computer for a friend, nothing fancy just something that will make it through college.

Anyways, the computer is running
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
RAM: 4 gigs
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Processor 3.21 GHz
Hard Drive: 500 gig Sea-gate
Motherboard: Gigabyte M68MT-S2P
Graphics card: No card just motherboard internal

Her old computers motherboard died, so I removed the hard drive specked out a computer and built it.
Everything is running fine, but when I tried to access the old hard drive it said I did not have access.
I changed the security settings to be open to everyone to try and view the files but so far it only lets me go through the directory and open empty folders even though the drive says 71 gigs used. While I managed to grab some music files from her iTunes, I cannot view pictures, documents, or anything else that might be hidden.

While I am not entirely sure, I think the old computer was running xp based on the file system hierarchy changes between xp vista and windows 7.

The two fixes I'm looking for are either one that will allow me to view the hard drive completely and pull off the files she requested.
(which i've done before but cannot remember)
or
Emulate and boot from the hard drive
(never actually done or even know if its possible but if it is it would really come in handy)

Using the old computer in anyway is completely out of the question.

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#2 AustrAlien

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 01:04 AM

This may be what you need:

How to Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder in Windows 7

The key phrase here is "take ownership" (and this is not solely related to Vista/Win7; it happens with XP too).
Try a google search of vista and/or win7 with "take ownership" and you will get lots of relevant results.
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 01:17 AM

Yes that was what I was looking for, however after completing the ownership process, I am still unable to view any photos or documents that previously existed on the hard drive. Any ideas?

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 01:26 AM

The only other thing that comes to mind is that the files/folders may be hidden. Try the following:

How to show hidden files in Windows 7
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 01:38 AM

Sorry should have included that in my main report. I did that already its force of habit.

If you can't think of anything else, Thank you for your help. I will continue to think on the situation to try and resolve the issue its not the first time and doubtfully the last.




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