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Can't access files on old drive - help

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by SexyGreyFox, 27 May 2006.

  1. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

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    Location: Stoke on Trent

    My mate has had a breakdown with his hard drive and he's put a new boot drive in. He has now got access to his old drive by putting it in an external USB2 case and he can see the files. However he can't do anything with them because the message "Access Denied, You Don't Have Permission" is shown.
    He's tried to right click and gone on to Sharing and Security but can't do anything from there and gets "Error Occured, Access Denied".
    He's using XP Professional.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. B&W

    Soldato

    Joined: 3 Oct 2003

    Posts: 7,167

    Location: Birmingham

    some1 told me to do this once. it worked.

     
  3. stoofa

    Capodecina

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    So long as he didn't use Encryption on his files the above method will work just fine.
    If he did use the built in file encryption then I'm afraid it is time to say goodbye to his data....
     
  4. SexyGreyFox

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    He followed the instructions above to the letter, he didn't have any luck up until 6pm and he said he didn't encrypt.
    Apparently he is a member and he might make an appearance himself.
     
  5. marc2003

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  6. f00b4r

    Hitman

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    Make sure you tick the box on the owner tab that says "replace owner on all subcontainers and objects"

    ;)
     
  7. SexyGreyFox

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    He tried over and over using all the suggestions given above.
    Today he decided to plug an external Firewire drive in and all of a sudden the tree for the defective HD came up in his file manager :confused:
    He then went to the Properties and saw a box he was unable to tick before and he could tick it this time. :confused:
    He rebooted and got access to his files :D
    One major backup later, old drive in the bin and he's happy.
    Why he should only get access when plugging a Firewire drive in is beyond us though.
    He thanks you all.