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Windows 7: External HD & administrator's right

31 May 2010   #1

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External HD & administrator's right


I'm running 7 on a computer to which I have attached as an external HD the HD of my old computer (XP). I'm trying to keep some data and erase some. But, I can't have access to some folders: "You need administrators rights".
BUT I am running as administrator.
Any ideas?


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31 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Hello Daniel,

Try taking ownership of the problematic folders or even the entire drive.

Take Ownership Shortcut
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01 Jun 2010   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dr1254 View Post
HI, BUT I am running as administrator.
Unless you unhid the "real" Administrator account (which I'm guessing you did not), you are NOT running as administrator; instead, you are running as a general class user with SOME admin rights.

This is a confusion that folks still carry over from XP days where you WERE an Administrator, by default.
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