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Windows 7: Ownership, permissions and now access denied

20 Apr 2014   #1
miked

windows 7
 
 
Ownership, permissions and now access denied

I have a WD elite hard drive that was set up on my old computer. I had changed ownership on the drive and used the Smartware to do backups. I'm pretty sure that I deleted some of the other owners when I was there too. I have a new computer and was able to change ownership back to me and can access 80% of my folders. When I try to change to full control in the ownership tab of the properties of my external drive. It will change ownership of everything except my pictures folder. I know its there, because I get an access denied pop up when I try to change permissions on the drive. I have disabled the VCD of the smartware and I am stuck now.

I'm hoping I haven't lost these.

Thanks in advance.


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21 Apr 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Can you open the pictures folder and see your files?
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21 Apr 2014   #3
miked

windows 7
 
 

N://pictures doesn't show up in windows explorer. I know it is there, because when I tried to change ownership of the whole drive, it said access denied for this location along with a few others.
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21 Apr 2014   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Post a snip of the drive's property window, one with each tab open, maybe I can notice something.

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21 Apr 2014   #5
miked

windows 7
 
 

Here are a few, let me know if you need more. Thanks for trying to help me out!


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Ownership, permissions and now access denied-first-image-when-clicking-n-drive.png   Ownership, permissions and now access denied-n-general.png   Ownership, permissions and now access denied-n-hardware.png   Ownership, permissions and now access denied-n-security.png  
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21 Apr 2014   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Let's see the permissions of each Group/User here:

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21 Apr 2014   #7
miked

windows 7
 
 

thanks for helping me out through this! Assuming (I know, I know) you didn't need the screenshot for owner. I added that permission BTW, based on some another forums thread. I may have deleted some of the ownerships as well when I moved this drive the first time. Again, Much Thanks!


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Ownership, permissions and now access denied-permissions-account-unknown.png   Ownership, permissions and now access denied-permissions-admin.png   Ownership, permissions and now access denied-permissions-mike.png  
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21 Apr 2014   #8
lehnerus2000

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

If you have a spare HDD (with enough space) you could:
  1. Try copying the files using a Live Linux CD/DVD/USB (e.g. Ubuntu)
  2. Try to reformat the problem drive
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21 Apr 2014   #9
miked

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
If you have a spare HDD (with enough space) you could:
  1. Try copying the files using a Live Linux CD/DVD/USB (e.g. Ubuntu)
  2. Try to reformat the problem drive
I have the space to copy the whole drive, but am not familiar with linux/ubuntu. Is there a link that can be offered to learn? Will booting into linux/ubuntu show files that windows is hiding?
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22 Apr 2014   #10
Computer0304

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

Here's a tutorial for the process: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS Instead of the Windows 7 partition, try opening the WD Elite.
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