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Windows 7: External hard drive problems

13 Feb 2010   #1
janey6

Windows 7
 
 
External hard drive problems

To save space on my laptop, I have moved a lot of files (mainly Word or Excel) to my portable external hard drive which is attached via USB to my laptop.

I have set some of the folders in the drive to be included in my Documents library and shared with my Homegroup.

However, when I try to open them, I am told I do not have permission.

As I am the owner of the files, how do I fix this, please?


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13 Feb 2010   #2
richc46

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This will tell you how to take permissions. Good luck

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

This will be the same in Vista and Windows 7
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14 Feb 2010   #3
richc46

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TY for the rep.

If the problem has been rectified, post for the information so that other members may benefit from your experience. Thanks again for your kind words.
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14 Feb 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you use the external drive with another system? That's how the permissions could have been changed.
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15 Feb 2010   #5
janey6

Windows 7
 
 

My external hard drive is used for my laptop, which used to run Vista before Windows 7.
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15 Feb 2010   #6
whs
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18 Feb 2010   #7
janey6

Windows 7
 
 

I followed these recommendations but now have the
Grant Admin Full Control option on my right click in Explorer.
Unfortunately, this also shows up in my Guest ID which, obviously, I do not want.
How do I remove it, please?
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22 Feb 2010   #8
janey6

Windows 7
 
 

Any advise for #7 question, please?
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22 Feb 2010   #9
richc46

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I believe that the user in the guest account would have to know the admin, password. Give it a try to be sure.

If that is the case the user would not have access.
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