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cant open files from old hard-drive

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    cant open files from old hard-drive

    i recently got new computer with vista home premium x64. i attached the harddrive from my old xp computer (w/external case) so i can get all the files from it, but when i try to open the files it says i dont have permission. ive managed to use the security tab to "replace owner and subcontainers on objects" while changing the owner, for some of the files (mostly mp3's) but this is very tedious. is there anyway i can disable the 'owner' from my old computer?

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    Malke Guest

    Re: cant open files from old hard-drive

    aaronofyo wrote:

    >
    > i recently got new computer with vista home premium x64. i attached the
    > harddrive from my old xp computer (w/external case) so i can get all the
    > files from it, but when i try to open the files it says i dont have
    > permission. ive managed to use the security tab to "replace owner and
    > subcontainers on objects" while changing the owner, for some of the
    > files (mostly mp3's) but this is very tedious. is there anyway i can
    > disable the 'owner' from my old computer?
    Run this at an elevated Command Prompt:

    cacls c:\ /t /e /g Administrators:f [enter]

    This will give full rights to all the files and folders on drive C: to the
    Administrators group, any member to this group will then have full rights
    to the files.

    To grant full rights to a specific user issue the command with the user's
    name:

    cacls c:\ /t /e /g Steve:f [enter]

    will grant Steve full rights to all the files and folders on C:. If the
    user name has spaces you must surround it with quotation marks:

    cacls c:\ /t /e /g "Some User":f [enter]

    Obviously you will substitute your desired owner user name on Vista for
    "Steve".

    Malke
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    Re: cant open files from old hard-drive

    when i enter that command it displays a list of "processed file : L:_____(various files)"
    but when it gets to "processed dir:L: Documents and Settings" it says "access is denied".

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    Gordon Guest

    Re: cant open files from old hard-drive

    "aaronofyo" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > when i enter that command it displays a list of "processed file :
    > L:_____(various files)"
    > but when it gets to "processed dir:L: Documents and Settings" it says
    > "access is denied".
    >

    To whom are you talking? Please QUOTE the post you are replying to.
    Thank you

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    Zaphod Beeblebrox Guest

    Re: cant open files from old hard-drive


    "aaronofyo" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:880c25deba1baf68a3b675fd7d7b5711@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > when i enter that command it displays a list of "processed file :
    > L:_____(various files)"
    > but when it gets to "processed dir:L: Documents and Settings" it says
    > "access is denied".
    >
    >
    I don't think that the CACLS command handles ownership issues, so you
    probably need to take ownership of the files and folders first. Rather
    than doing so one file/folder at a time, you can use the TAKEOWN command
    to do so, like this:

    TAKEOWN /F L:\* /R /D

    That should give ownership of all files and folders on L: to the current
    user. To give ownership to the Administrators group instead of the
    current user, add /A.

    Hope this helps.

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    Leo Guest

    Re: cant open files from old hard-drive

    Perhaps this may help

    Step by step instruction on how to take ownership of a folder



    - Right-click the file/folder you want to own, click properties

    - Click Security Tab

    - Click Advanced

    - Click the Owner Tab

    - Click Edit

    - Select the Administrators group from the list

    - Click OK

    - Click OK

    - Click OK

    You have now taken 'Ownership' of the file and you can close the property

    Windows



    Now again



    1) Right-click on the file

    2) Select Properties

    3) Go to the Security tab again, click the Advanced button

    4) Now Press Edit, then double-click 'Administrators' in the list and tick

    the 'allow' box for 'Full control'



    You have now taken 'Full control' of file


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    "Zaphod Beeblebrox" <Zaphod.Arisztid.Beeblebrox@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >
    > "aaronofyo" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    > news:880c25deba1baf68a3b675fd7d7b5711@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >>
    >> when i enter that command it displays a list of "processed file :
    >> L:_____(various files)"
    >> but when it gets to "processed dir:L: Documents and Settings" it says
    >> "access is denied".
    >>
    >>
    >
    > I don't think that the CACLS command handles ownership issues, so you probably
    > need to take ownership of the files and folders first. Rather than doing so
    > one file/folder at a time, you can use the TAKEOWN command to do so, like
    > this:
    >
    > TAKEOWN /F L:\* /R /D
    >
    > That should give ownership of all files and folders on L: to the current user.
    > To give ownership to the Administrators group instead of the current user, add
    > /A.
    >
    > Hope this helps.
    >
    > --
    > Zaphod
    >
    > No matter where you go, there you are!
    >

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      Thread Starter

    Re: cant open files from old hard-drive

    that worked leo. thanks for the help.



    - Right-click the file/folder you want to own, click properties
    - Click Security Tab
    - Click Advanced
    - Click the Owner Tab
    - Click Edit
    - Select the Administrators group from the list
    - Click OK
    - Click OK
    - Click OK
    You have now taken 'Ownership' of the file and you can close the property
    Windows
    Now again
    1) Right-click on the file
    2) Select Properties
    3) Go to the Security tab again, click the Advanced button
    4) Now Press Edit, then double-click 'Administrators' in the list and tick
    the 'allow' box for 'Full control'

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    Leo Guest

    Re: cant open files from old hard-drive

    YW, glad the problem has been fixed.

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    obviously never encountered automatic weapons.'
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    "aaronofyo" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > that worked leo. thanks for the help.
    >
    >
    >

    >> - Right-click the file/folder you want to own, click properties
    >> - Click Security Tab
    >> - Click Advanced
    >> - Click the Owner Tab
    >> - Click Edit
    >> - Select the Administrators group from the list
    >> - Click OK
    >> - Click OK
    >> - Click OK
    >> You have now taken 'Ownership' of the file and you can close the
    >> property
    >> Windows
    >> Now again
    >> 1) Right-click on the file
    >> 2) Select Properties
    >> 3) Go to the Security tab again, click the Advanced button
    >> 4) Now Press Edit, then double-click 'Administrators' in the list and
    >> tick
    >> the 'allow' box for 'Full control'
    >
    >
    > --
    > aaronofyo

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