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Windows 7: Prior drive - sharing

13 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7
Prior drive - sharing

Hey all, new here and did some searching but my problem is unique and hope there's a work around.

My prior PC failed about 2 weeks ago. Would not boot. The HD in that PC was partitioned 4X (300 GB Maxtor) with pics and music stored on the partitions but because other family come over and share the PC, I have admin account and guest to where guest doesn't have access to our pics/music etc (folders not shared and protected). I did try a new video card thinking that was it but no luck so I gave up and put together a barebone and just received it this week.

So I pulled the HD from the old PC into the new one (SATA worked) and do get the partitions (E, F and G drives in explorere). I was happy at 1st! Here's the problem. I can't view the files in the unshared folders of the slave even if I am the admin on the new PC. I can open all folders etc but can't save downloads to the drive, open any of my old pics, files etc, only getting basic "you don't have permissions to access this file/information" as if I'm guest on my old PC. I go and try to enable sharing but it does not work (it goes through the process and it shows the admin as having sharing access but when I try - nada). I even tried booting up from the old drive but it flashes "Windows XP" as if going to install then reboots and starts up from new drive Windows 7 (possibly the old HD boot partition was the original problem with the old PC, just a thought).

So my question is how do I access my slave drive partitions that were enabled NOT to share on my prior PC?

I hope this makes sense.

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13 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

This is a common issue when accessing an old drive formatted with NTFS from a new install of windows .

you need to go to the root of the drive (partition), take ownership of the drive, and then set suitable permissions from the new system.

This is especially true since Vista since the dual token system of UAC can exacerbate the issue, but the problem has been present since NT days, it is due to the fact that although the old and new user name may be the same the SID is actually different
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13 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7

Okay so I'm not an expert but when I go to allow "full control" for all the users I get an error. This error is E: which happens to be the partition from the deceased.
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14 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

This is, from what I can see, an old system folder, in this case an old local recycle bin, which can be troublesome.

you can normally OK the error and ignore the folder (which should be hidden), once you start using the drive day to day, it should error saying theat the recycle bin on drive x: is corrupt, click to solve the problem....

To force remove this type of folder I have in the past had to resort to the hidden administrator, I think the issue is caused by the actual state of the recycle bin when the old system is stopped and if this is in a state of flux, (especially likely in the case of system crashes).

If you receive this type of error with a data folder OK through and after completion navigate to the folder and repeat the ownership and permissions routine on the sub-tree. Again here you may need to resort to the Hidden administrator account for particularly stubborn areas.
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14 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7

So I OK through and there are a couple more of these errors in different 'hidden' folders. How do I become Hidden admin so I can delete some of these. Anyway after giving ownership of the drives folder to all users, the folders are still green text and not being shared...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Once logged in as the hidden administrator set the Ownership of the drive to your user name and let it propagate down the tree

Once this is complete go into the permissions and add full control for the administrators group and your user name. Give full control permissions for the everyone group to those folders that you wish to be available to all users.

The green text reference is confusing me, has there ever been any compression used on this drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7

The E: drive partitions on the slave I'm trying to share from my old PC has names of folders/files in green as below indicated it is NOT a shared drive:

Still unclear how to be a "hidden admin"?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

OK the green colour appears to indicate that the folder and it's contents are encrypted.

This may be re-set by right clicking on the folder clicking the advanced button and unchecking the encrypt this folder to protect contents checkbox.

As for the Hidden administrator follow the instructions in Brinks tutorial - log off and log back on as the Administrator shown in the selection screen
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7

Thx. I get this menu when going to properties for the drive. Where is the advanced option?:

Note the "read only" is always checked. I uncheck it and when I go back into options, it's read only again. Does the dark filled square mean it's checked in Windows 7?

Are you referring to the "Built-in Administrator"?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

The advanced options are the button at the bottom right

You will need to have full control of the drive to actually use the advanced options to reset the encryption state.

The shaded box on the read only attribute is an indicator that some of the files in the tree are read only, this would likely be the system files that you were getting errors on
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