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Administrator can not take ownership of his files and folders

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#1 My-Dear-Friend


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:08 AM

I have a Windows 7 desktop computer, I am the only user, with administrative rights. Today I installed a new HDD from another my Windows 7 computer. Now on this HDD I can not access my files and folders in the "Desktop" folder.

When I double click such folder I get a message: "You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder". After I click "Continue" I get a message: "You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab." Then I open the "Security" tab, click "Advanced" button, open "Owner" tab, the tab shows: "Current owner: Unable to display current owner.". After I click "Edit" button, I get a message: "You only have permission to view the current owner". After I click "OK" button, a new window shows "Current owner: S-1-5-21-3867894240-3762958599-2688463192-1000" and no option to change that.

The same happens when I try to open or take ownership of my files in the "Desktop" folder.

At the same time I can open files and folders in other directories on that HDD.

How can I take ownership of my files and folders?

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#2 Allan


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:03 AM

Have you tried taking ownership this way: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3841-add-take-ownership-context-menu-windows-10-a.html?

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 11:54 PM

How can I take ownership of my files and folders?


This might help you understand what's going on.  Those aren't "your" files and folders.  The owner of those files and folders is the owner from the account on the other computer.  In order for you to "own" them, you have to take ownership away from whatever account is listed as being the current owner, and replace that information with your account.

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