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Gateway Notebook Computer--want to copy hard drive to new computer

By MarleneTrice ·
I have a Gateway Notebook Computer, Model MP8708, which ran on XP.

The female plug was no longer working with the power cord, and the battery wouldn't hold a charge. The computer is inoperable without the power cord so it is not an option to turn my old Gateway computer back on. Rather than invest money in repairs for a computer that is many years old, I bought a new computer.

On the (original) Gateway computer, I had my computer set up to always request my password before it would allow access after 5 minutes of non-use transpired, or whenever the computer went into hibernation or was turned off.

The original Gateway hard drive was removed so I could copy and/or move my files from the old hard drive to my new Acer notebook computer's hard drive, and I have a device that allows me to use a USB to connect it to my new computer.

The new Acer runs on Windows 7.

-- When I try to drag a single file onto my new hard drive, I get this: "File Access Denied. You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file." If I click on CONTINUE, I get "File Access Denied. You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this file."

-- When I try to drag an entire file folder from my old hard drive to my new computer's hard drive, I get: "Folder Access Denied. You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this folder." When I click on CONTINUE, I get: "Folder Access Denied. You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this folder."

I am assuming this is because I had a password set up, which I **DO** know the password.

How do I get the old hard drive to let me copy and/or move these files? They are MS Word files as well as jpg, or audio files, etc., not computer programs.

Thank you.

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You need to take ownership of the files

by OH Smeg In reply to Gateway Notebook Computer ...

Though I'm not sure that this is going to be the easiest thing here.

Follow the directions here which may work but as I've never tried this I'm unsure how well it will work.

http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm

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