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Access is denied - Problem solved

By bruce ·
The following post was solved by TechExec2 and zlito. Thank you all very much!

Original Post:
I've placed my laptop hard drive in a hard drive enclosure kit (Laptop adaptor died) and tried to access the file through the USB port on my desktop. I can see and use all files except those in "My Documents". This is the error message I get:
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An error occurred while trying to share My Documents. Access is denied.

The shared resource was not created at this time.
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I have administrator privileges with both the laptop and the desktop, the laptop being Windows XP Home and the desktop Windows XP Professional.

I need to be able to access and modify the files in My Documents while a new AC Adapter is couriered from Dell in Austin Texas: 8 - 10 days).

Anyone know how I can access the My Document files on my laptop hard drive (presently attached by USB port to my desktop)?

Thanks,
Bruce

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I've seen this before

by Tig2 In reply to Access is denied - Proble ...

The way out that I found was to install the secong hard drive in another box, boot to it, and move those files out of "My Documents". Put them into a folder and share it. Then return to your original configuration.

If there is any way to get the lappie to boot with the drive in place and long enough to get those files into another location and create the share, that would be optimal.

Have no idea what the issue is except that My Documents in XP Pro is "different" than the same folder in Home. Which is a pain.

Good luck with it!

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Booting from USB drive

by bruce In reply to I've seen this before

"If there is any way to get the lappie to boot with the drive in place and long enough to get those files into another location and create the share, that would be optimal."

Unfortunately, the battery is dead also so I can't boot the laptop.
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Regarding your other suggestion, how do I boot from the USB drive? Do I just change the boot order in the BIOS?

Bruce

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That should do it

by Tig2 In reply to Booting from USB drive

And I am an idiot- didn't even think of that.

What you are trying to get to is that folder in its native OS. That SHOULD resolve the problem.

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booting from USB device

by bruce In reply to That should do it

Switching the boot order didn't work so I disabled all boot devices except the USB hard drive (from my laptop) and re-booted.

That gave me a system error with instructions to insert the system CD. I re-booted and re-set the boot order to the original configuration but that puts be back where I was before

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Well snit

by Tig2 In reply to booting from USB device

XP doesn't travel from hardware to hardware. I had hoped that booting directly to the HDD would allow the version on the drive to run but I was evidently wrong. You will likely get the same result if you imported the drive to the desktop. The identifyers don't match.

I wish I knew what else to tell you. I'm currently at a loss. I will try testing a few solutions and let you know what I come up with- if anything.

Now I KNOW why I distrust "My Documents" folder!

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My Documents folder

by bruce In reply to Well snit

Thanks for your efforts to help me solve the problem, TiggerTwo.

Bruce

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USB storage enabled in BIOS?

by Absolutely In reply to booting from USB device

I'm not sure about your laptop, but my desktop computer won't even recognize an external hard drive when I attempt system restore (that is a scary moment!) unless I go to the USB options in BIOS and enable USB storage devices, or some such. Hopefully, you have a similar setting to change in your laptop's BIOS.

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Just a guess

by Maevinn In reply to Access is denied - Proble ...

No clue if it will work between HD's, but I know it works when logged in as one user and trying to open a file in someone else's directory. Use the Run As feature available in XP to open the folder using the login for the laptop. Pretty sure it's CTRL + Right Click--sorry, I'm on a Win2000 machine right now so can't double check that!

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How?

by bruce In reply to Just a guess

Use the Run As feature available in XP to open the folder using the login for the laptop. Pretty sure it's CTRL + Right Click.

How do I do that? (I can't even click on the folder)

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I'll have to get back to you

by Maevinn In reply to How?

Sorry--I don't have access to an XP machine right now. I do know that it's available and works...If it's not control, try Alt or Shift. It works for folders, applications, etc. I've used it because I have 2 user accounts--one with admin privileges, one that's just a regular user account. From my user account, I can right click and select Run As, and it prompts me to enter the user name and password, then opens/runs the object under the admin account authorizations.

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