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Breaking down NTFS permissions. What happens when you move/copy files?

By ron.ortines ·
This is a simple approach to understanding moving or copying files using NTFS permissions in Windows XP Pro. I've read several posts and Microsoft books and it can get consfusing. So, I've broken it down in which I can understand.

Copy / Move Files using NTFS

- Copy File ---> Folder within ntfs volume, inherits folder permissions
- Copy File ---> Folder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permissions
- Move File ---> Foloder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permissions
- Move File ---> Folder within ntfs volume, retain permissions regardless what permissions the folder may have
- Copy or Move File ---> FAT32 to NTFS volume, inherits folder permissions

Copy / Move Files using EFS

- Copy unencrypted File ---> Encrypted Folder within ntfs volume, inherits folder permissions. File is Encrypted.
- Copy unencrypted File ---> Encrypted Folder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permissions. File is Encrypted.
- Copy encrypted File ---> Unencrypted Folder within ntfs volume, inherits folder permissions. File is decrypted.
- Copy encrypted File ---> Unencrypted Folder between ntfs volume, inherits folder permissions. File is decrypted.
- Move unencrypted File ---> Encrypted Folder within ntfs volume, retains file permission. File remains unencrypted.
- Move encrypted File ---> Unencrypted Folder within ntfs volume, retains file permission. File remains encrypted.
- Move unencrypted file ---> Encrypted Folder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permission. File is encrypted.
- Move encrypted file ---> Unencrypted Folder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permission. File is decrypted.

Copy / Move files using Compression

- Copy uncompressed File ---> Compressed Folder within ntfs volume, inherits folder permissions. File is compressed.
- Copy uncompressed File ---> Compressed Folder betwen ntfs volumes, inherits folder permissions. File is compressed.
- Copy compressed File ---> Uncompressed Folder within ntfs volume, inherits folder permissions. File is uncompressed
- Copy compressed File ---> Uncompressed Folder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permissions. File is uncompressed.
- Move uncompressed File ---> Compressed Folder within ntfs volume, retains file permission. File remains uncompressed.
- Move compressed File ---> Uncompressed Folder within ntfs volume, retains file permission. File remains compressed.
- Move uncompressed file ---> Compressed Folder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permission. File is compressed.
- Move compressed file ---> Uncompressed Folder between ntfs volumes, inherits folder permission. File is uncompressed.

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