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By mario.constantas ·
My Pc crashed so i bought a external enclosure to put my hard drive in so i get info/docs etc.. out i managed to get info out of one my hard drives onto my lap top but cannot access my documents/music/films etc.. on the other hard drive it keeps on saying "denied" every time i try and go into the folder???

Any help would be greatly appreciated..

I am running XP Home on Laptop and was running XP Home i think on PC

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Let me guess you had a Password on that Windows Install didn't you?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to External Hard Drive

What you need to do here is to Take Ownership of the Files by following the directions here

http://tinyurl.com/3aw7

And then you'll have access to everything that you want including your Address Book, Favourites and E-Mails as well as all the items in your old My Documents Folder.

Col

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No Ownership tab appears?

by mario.constantas In reply to Let me guess you had a Pa ...

Tried to take ownership but there is no tab for me to do this?? Helppppp

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Remember you need to be logged in as an ADMINISTRATOR

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to No Ownership tab appears?

Then follow these steps

How to take ownership of a folder
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.

If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File sharing when it is not joined to a domain.

For additional information about how to do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307874 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874/) How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP
To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps: 1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
4. In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
5. Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?

All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.
Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
6. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

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How to take ownership of a file
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps: 1. Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
4. In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.
5. Click Add.
6. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
7. Click OK.
8. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
9. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.

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did not work?

by mario.constantas In reply to Remember you need to be l ...

Hi,

I am the only user on my laptop and the administrator.

When i go to safe mode i can do as advised above apart from the file i want is on a external hard drive which does not show up when in safe mode and will not allow me to copy over to laptop either??

I can share the folder in documents and settings/mario but once i open it cannot open the sub folders ie my documents/desktop/favourites etc..

Any other help would be great

Thanks

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Sorry that I didn't think of this earlier but what

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to did not work?

OS are you using on the working computer?

If it's Vista it's unlikely to work as that Link was for XP to recover XP files not Vista to recover XP Protected files and currently M$ doesn't have any instructions for this procedure so I can only suggest that if you can find an XP Pro computer you should be able to recover your data quite easily.

Col

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Not Vista But Xp

by mario.constantas In reply to Sorry that I didn't think ...

Thanks for that but am running XP home on both the external hard drive and Laptop?

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OK that should have worked if the HDD is undamaged

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to External Hard Drive

However if there is physical damage to the HDD you may have some problems recovering data. You may need to run a Check Disk type Utility on the external drive first just to make sure that the MBR's are intact and agree with each other or you may be able to use the Files & Settings Transfer Wizard to move the files that you want across.

But if you had a password on the Windows OS the Taking Ownership of Files has always worked for me without a problem.

Col

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