Greatings. I was recently messing with a harddrive from a laptop, and it was hooked up via a usb drive bay. As I was recovering files, such as out of a desktop folder, my documents, users folder and other places they usually end up for the owner of the computer, I was also using a data wipe program to securely erase the files as I completed backing up thier files. However, i was getting a lot of permission/access denied and so on. I used a program called take ownership pro and windows permission manager to finally solve most of this. However I quickly found out that there was something causing cross-over on the permissions with my main drive. Now I lost a few app icons from my desktop, some of my start menu and almost all of my task bar "user pinned" were not working, couldn't open firefox, and in some cases pictures wouldn't open from or save to the desktop (permission denied). So I reset my C/users/ect desktop folder and some of those other locations with the windows permission manager and that helped some but not all. I finally got fed up and went to drive C and using windows permission gave all user accounts "full control" and hit apply. quite a lot of things, such as google chrome user app data folder, which wouldn't start after a restart, (even when trying directly from drive C installed folder) avira (which I can do without and just reinstall rather than fix) and a few other things wouldn't take the settings (access denied). Upon completion of the permission change over, my desktop and all the files on it went away so only my computer and the recycle bin was on, refreshing got the dialog to clock to grant yourself permanent access to this folder, and finally the graphics driver went haywire and crashed. Now, I can still start my computer in both regular and safe modes, but after windows loads I get a black screen and a working mouse pointer.
How can I reset the permissions to the files on this drive so windows and my [programs can read the files they need (for example, only some mp3 stored in my documents worked, while others is different folders wouldn't play despite the file path being correct).
Also, how do I avoid this "cross over" effect? For example, after backing up the desktop folder on the other drive, I sent it to recycle and deleted, and it removed application shortcuts from my desktop on drive C, despite showing files only from drive X in the recycle bin) I often do this either for my old computers or for friends, and need to know how to stop changes I make to a usb drive from affecting my C drive. I even found my user folder under a drive X file path and was browsing my files located on drive C despite the address bar saying I was on drive X. It makes no sense. I am sure I lost my chrome session but hopefully all my tabs come back if I can ever get the thing to load again. Book marks too. I don't use chromes login, I feel they track my web sites and shopping enough they don't need me handing it to them.
I do have a USB drive case so I can remove my sata drive if need be and diagnose it with my laptop and plenty of TB to back up my files should I need to start over, provided I can get permission to open/copy the folders without bricking the laptop too. Additionally I do not know where the windows CD that came with this machine went, and I do not want to change OS to windows 10 or whatever it is now. I like it the way it is. I would like to rescue my main drive, as none of the files are gone it's just this permission crap.