Going into a private folder after format

  Ken Ju-On 02:52 01 Dec 2004

I put my My Documents folder onto a separate partition, so that formatting my hard drive wouldn't erase them all. I made that folder private (right-click on folder -> Properties -> Sharing -> Make folder private) so that other users wouldn't be able to open it.

Recently I had to reformat my computer. I set up user accounts, and when I tried to open that folder, access was denied. I have practically locked myself out of my folder.

Does anybody know how to regain access to my private folder again?

  vinnyo123 03:50 01 Dec 2004

What OS and file system are you using,NTFS,FAT 32.

If you are on XP or above and on NTFS I would check your settings.Right click folder and see what groups have acces to it via security tab.You also may have to adjust your local group policies. Allow administrator to take ownership of folders.This could be the problem.

hope this helps

  Ken Ju-On 05:18 01 Dec 2004

Thanks, that worked!

I am on Windows XP SP2, all partitions NTFS. The security tab wouldn't show up, but I figured out how to show it by going into Tools -> Folder Options -> clear the tab Use Simple File Sharing.

Then I logged in as administrator and took ownership of that folder via the security tab.

Thanks again!

  vinnyo123 13:05 01 Dec 2004

Glad it worked, everybody should get used to using NTFS security great extra layer of security.
"Expecially the EVERYONE group"

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