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Windows 7: Copy files to new PC - file permission problems

28 Dec 2011   #11
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well if you put the drive in the old machine, and log in with your normal account then all the files are automatically readable because of your old account ID (that S-XXX number) and key. At that point you should be able to just copy the files from where they are over to another drive, outside the encrypted locations.

However... if you didn't encrypt them yourself or place them in a bit lockered folder then I have no idea why they would be showing up green. (Unless this computer was part of a domain and the admin set the computer up that way without you knowing?)


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28 Dec 2011   #12
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hmm, here's what I think happened:

I keep two very similar folders, one on my laptop and one on my desktop. In order to make sure both folders contain the same files I copied the files from one to another using the home network connection. If I understand what you say correctly this may have caused some files to "go green", meaning that rather than access to the laptop I'd need access to the desktop to get the original files. Am I on the right track?

Here's something that bothers me though: it would appear that I can share files and they can be useful if they are one step removed from the source (PC>Laptop1), but when I get to the second step (Laptop1>Laptop2) they are useless and can no longer be copied. So how do I sync my folders (I have a couple if those) without running into this kind of trouble?
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28 Dec 2011   #13
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I'm not super experiences with home networking but I doubt that copying files around should do that by itself. But then here we are so I dunno... :/

Copy the files from one place to another over a network should be fine, the issue here I think (if I understand correctly) is that you are "sneaker netting" the files from one place to another by moving a hard drive from one machine to another, that can cause permission issues. Though like I said, I've never seen folders go green before without user intervention. Are all the machines windows? Or is like one XP or Linux or something?
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28 Dec 2011   #14
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My initial sync was done over the network.
Because I ran into problems moving the files from laptop1 to laptop 2 using a USB drive I decided to get the HDD itself out and use the USB/SATA converter I have to copy the files... same outcome.

All three machines are Windows 7, though PC and Laptop1 are W7 Ultimate and Laptop 2 is Home Premium
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28 Dec 2011   #15
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well moving the HD is definitely the most problematic way to transfer files in general. Good to hear that the network transfer worked fine, that's of course the preferred way if possible. Though copying the files to a USB drive should have been fine. Was that causing permission issues too? Or was it like just too unbearably slow?

back to the green folders. Are they folders you created on the laptop? Or were they folders that already existed from the manufacturer? If the latter, You may be able to get around them by creating new folders on the drive and copying the contents out of the green folders into normal ones...

Home premium doesn't have support for bitlocker so no matter what it couldn't read files from an encrypted folder.
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28 Dec 2011   #16
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

USB gave me the same problems.. it was one of the reasons I tried a "simple" HDD to Laptop transfer (that and the sheer volume of data I was transferring)

As I stated previously, the "green" files are all files I have downloaded from trusted sources. Unfortunately I don't have access to my desktop PC right now to check if those files are "green" there too. I am pretty sure now that a large number of the "green" files originally came from that PC so I'd like to check if they are "green" there too. Will have to wait until after the holidays...

If Home Premium has no Bitlocker, does that mean I should not be able to view the files from that environment, or only not open them?
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28 Dec 2011   #17
Qdos

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linmix View Post
If Home Premium has no Bitlocker, does that mean I should not be able to view the files from that environment, or only not open them?
Exactly. The folders will be visible, but W7HP cannot decrypt them.
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28 Dec 2011   #18
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

If it isn't a Bitlocker (or other encryption) problem, you could try a Linux Live CD (e.g. Ubuntu).

Linux doesn't care about Windows permissions/security settings.
You should be able to view text and picture (e.g. gif, jpg, png) files without any problems.
If that works, you can just copy them to another location.

This sort of occurrence was the original reason I got a Live Ubuntu CD (and for the GParted Disc Manager program).
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29 Dec 2011   #19
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OK, so now that I have access to the files on the 'old' laptop, how do I get the green files to go black again?

@lehnerus2000: that's the next thing on my list, but I'm on holiday right now and don't have my 'toolkit' with me
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29 Dec 2011   #20
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linmix View Post
@lehnerus2000: that's the next thing on my list, but I'm on holiday right now and don't have my 'toolkit' with me
I just thought that I'd mention it.
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