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Windows 7: Windows 7 can't write to files in D drive that XP used.

29 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 can't write to files in D drive that XP used.

Here's the scenario:

I've bought an SSD and installed windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.
My prior 2 Terabyte drive ran XP 32 bit.

Everything is fine in windows 7 except that I can't write to files on the D drive that contain the xp OS and files such as text files and jpg. I plan on keeping the OS 7 on SSD c drive and all data on the D drive (xp drive).

How can I go about being able to write to D drive without being logged in as either the real administrator or even the administrator in windows 7? I've tried enabling the windows 7 real administrator and I love it cuz it can edit files in the D drive, but I don't want to log in as the real administrator or even the crippled administrator in windows 7.


1) I don't want to set the permissions on D drive in such a way that it would prevent me from booting from D drive and run xp if I'm not happy with windows 7. I'm already really hating windows 7.

2) I have lots of files on the D drive, so I want a way to make sure I can edit any file on the D drive without a lot of hassle yet it satisfies #1. When you reply, please tell me if it satisfies #1 and #2 and if you've done it before.

3) if anyone can point me to a good tutorial / blog about this fundamental issue, I'd be very humbled.
Otherwise, please explain clearly to a newbie.

I've googled and there's lots of answers.


windows 7 - How to get full write permission on my second drive after dual boot? - Super User

"You need to take ownership, i recommend you to do it with this command line tool microsoft provides How to use Xcacls.vbs to modify NTFS permissions Follow the instructions there and use this command to get full access and ownership

XCACLS.vbs z:\ /g user:f /T

Replace z with your hard drive's letter and user with your user name"

2) and various other answers such as take owner ship and set the permissions.
Including this:
I'm not sure about setting ownership.. if I set the ownership to windows 7, is it correct that I'll have problem booting to xp later on, on the D drive?

Thank you.

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