Terrylr 21:41 22 Nov 2005


I wonder if someone would be so kind as to offer me some advice!

My operating system on my old hard drive has failed in my laptop so I have purchased a replacement. I have added the old hard drive via an external caddy and can see the contents etc.

My problem is that I am unale to access the contents of 'My Documents' I get 'access denied'. Obviously because I am not the correct user!!
Can anyone offer any advice!?

Old Hard drive - Windows XP Home
New Hard drive - Winndows XP Professional

Both drives NTFS

Many Thanks

  VoG II 21:43 22 Nov 2005

You need to take ownership click here

  Terrylr 21:47 22 Nov 2005

That's the first thing I looked for... not there!!!

I only have a 'sharing' tab - no security!!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:54 22 Nov 2005

Access Files
If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro. Try “taking ownership” of the file/folder before it can be accessed.

First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick “Use simple file sharing”, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file’s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.

To take ownership of the file (it’s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it.

  Terrylr 22:00 22 Nov 2005

Well done Fruit Bat /\0/\ !!

I didn't know that tick box existed!!

Thanks VERY much!!!

  ade.h 22:10 22 Nov 2005

I had that same problem recently too!

One thing to remember - I found that I had to take the opportunity to move the files to an accessible folder while still in safe mode. I'm not sure why this happened - I may not have changed the permissions correctly, even though they appeared to have been changed and confirmation appeared when the process was complete.

To be on the safe side, move the files in safe mode as soon as you have successfully changed the permissions, rather than rebooting first. It might save a bit of effort!

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