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Hit by lightning

By jimw ·
My box got hit by lightning and died. Took the hard drive to a friend and he set the drive up as a secondary drive to make sure it was not fried. It appeared to be ok, but when going into Documents and Settings, I saw my personal folder but could not open it. It said I did not have rights. When I get a new box I will use the old hard drive as a secondary but need to be able to access my old folders. How do I gain permission?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Hit by lightning

You will need to grant the user account permissions on the folder.

The account security credentials on the old drive don't match the GUid or SID which is on the current boot drive.

Depending on which OS you are running, the details of this activity will vary.

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by jimw In reply to Hit by lightning

The old hard drive was running XP Home. The new one will probably as well. So I will need to login as local admin and change the rights on the folders on the d: drive to all users (or a particular user)?

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by CG IT In reply to Hit by lightning

what you need to do is take ownership of the folder as the computer administrator. Then resent the folder permissions.

Here is a KB308421 taking ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP;en-us;308421

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by CG IT In reply to

for your account my documents folder, located at documents and settings/<youruseraccount> grant your account full control which if you take ownership you have anyway.

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by Breydel In reply to Hit by lightning

Your actions may be slightly different depending on whether you will have XP home or Pro on your new box.

The main difference between the two is that with XP Home, you are better off performing these actions in safe mode.

Make sure you are logged on as an administrator.

In the explorer, select the folder you want to access.
Go to properties.
Now you have to select the 'Security' tab.
(In XP Pro you may not see this if you have "simple file sharing" enabled under Tools>Folder Options>View - in xp home you will not see this option except in safe mode).
Here select the tab 'ownership'.
You should see the id listed which you logged on with.
At the bottom is a checkbox which you need to activate.
In the user list, select your userid and click on apply - you are now taking ownership of this folder and subfolders.

Hope this helps - good luck

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by willcomp In reply to Hit by lightning

Do what GGIT said and take ownership of folders. Happens frequently when you have made folders private and is easy to fix.

Be sure to log in with admin rights on PC being used.


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by sgt_shultz In reply to Hit by lightning

no points please, just 2 cents:
i just want to cast my vote with bfilm and others for 'take ownership'. follow his link to the easy directions. horrifyingly easy directions which is why there is the saying 'no security without physical security' and congrats on your save!

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

i also found these, in case you want to just try putting your old hd in your new computer as the boot drive:
You receive a Stop 0x0000007B error after you move the Windows XP system disk to another computer;en-us;314082
How to Perform an Inplace Upgrade of Windows XP
How to troubleshoot "Stop 0x0000007B" errors in Windows XP;en-us;324103

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by wlbowers In reply to Hit by lightning

After a lightning strike.

You need to install that drive back as a slave and copy what ever you want off of that drive.

You might need to use recovery software to get it off.

Once it is copied you should be able to change the permissions.

That drive is a bomb waiting to go off. When it does it might go at once, it might just start getting wierd.

Good Luck


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