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Windows 7: Ownership, permissions and now access denied

22 Apr 2014   #11
miked

windows 7
 
 

I was able to use an Ubuntu live disc and all the files were there! I was able to copy them to another drive and can't thank you all enough for the help! Now that I have all that cleaned up, if I format the N drive, will that give me back all the space I couldn't see before? What should I do to make that drive fresh like new?

Thanks again for all the help. I have purchased cyber 12 packs for all of you! Enjoy them while they are cold


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22 Apr 2014   #12
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Live Linux discs are very handy

Glad to hear that you were able to rescue your files (those Live Linux discs are very handy).

The WD Elite you mentioned is an external drive, yes?
If yes, then you should be able to delete the existing partitions and reformat the HDD (read "Note" below first).
You can use Windows Disk Management (or GParted on the Live Ubuntu disc) to do this.

Note:
You should view that HDD using Windows Disk Management to check out how it has been set up, before reformatting.
It's probably worth posting a screenshot of the Windows Disk Management screen, as it may be helpful to other members (if you still experience issues).

I recall reading something about a certain model of WD External HDDs having built-in/pre-loaded software that can't be deleted.
I haven't encountered one of these, so I can't tell you anything more about it.

Someone else here may know more about it.
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22 Apr 2014   #13
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Glad to hear that you were able to rescue your files (those Live Linux discs are very handy).

The WD Elite you mentioned is an external drive, yes?
If yes, then you should be able to delete the existing partitions and reformat the HDD (read "Note" below first).
You can use Windows Disk Management (or GParted on the Live Ubuntu disc) to do this.

Note:
You should view that HDD using Windows Disk Management to check out how it has been set up, before reformatting.
It's probably worth posting a screenshot of the Windows Disk Management screen, as it may be helpful to other members (if you still experience issues).

I recall reading something about a certain model of WD External HDDs having built-in/pre-loaded software that can't be deleted.
I haven't encountered one of these, so I can't tell you anything more about it.

Someone else here may know more about it.
Well, mine comes with it but I'm not sure if they are deletable or not.
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22 Apr 2014   #14
miked

windows 7
 
 

I believe this is what we are talking about.

Remove the VCD from my drive. - WD Community

I'm pretty sure that enabling this "smartware" was the first thing I did wrong. I then changed permissions and/or ownerships, then got a new computer, tried to change it again. I'm just glad using Ubuntu worked! After going through this, that smartware isn't all it's cracked up to be. I'm also an idiot, but I understand that
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23 Apr 2014   #15
lehnerus2000

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miked View Post
I believe this is what we are talking about.

Remove the VCD from my drive. - WD Community
That seems like the issue I was thinking of.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miked View Post
After going through this, that smartware isn't all it's cracked up to be.
In my experience a lot of these auto-helper programs make life more difficult, not easier.
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