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Windows 7: Is moving My Documents safe?

16 Dec 2010   #1
DoubleGlazed

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Is moving My Documents safe?

Hi, I want to move My Documents folder to another partition (D:\) but I'm wondering if I do will other users on the computer now be able to access the contents?


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16 Dec 2010   #2
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes other users will be able to read, write and change your files unless you have protected. I protect my work by placing them on a password protected portable hard disk. Do you have Windows 7 Ultimate?
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16 Dec 2010   #3
DoubleGlazed

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Windows 7 Professional. So as it is only I can access the files but as soon as I move them they are no longer protected by Windows, is that right?

Can I not right-click and change security settings?
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16 Dec 2010   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I was under the impression that if you move the folder location properly, the permissions will follow it.
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16 Dec 2010   #5
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DoubleGlazed View Post
Windows 7 Professional. So as it is only I can access the files but as soon as I move them they are no longer protected by Windows, is that right?

Can I not right-click and change security settings?
Yes you can on the hdd or the files to prevent other users opening them.

If you were on Ultimate you could encrypt the partition using Bitlocker.

Try this TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux
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16 Dec 2010   #6
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I was under the impression that if you move the folder location properly, the permissions will follow it.
That depends where and if your moving the file, it may be changed to a child folder (which doesn't usually inherit the files permission properties) not a parent folder if the other location has different permissions and on partition D:/ the other partition it is most likely to change its permissions
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16 Dec 2010   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Everything I'm reading says that when you redirect the folder properly, the permissions go along with it.
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16 Dec 2010   #8
kenC

Windows 7 Home Premium X64 SP1
 
 

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16 Dec 2010   #9
DoubleGlazed

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

OK I'm a bit confused now. Is this the proper way to change location:
Right-click My Document -> Properties -> Location?

I've moved it from "C:\Users\DoubleGlazed\Documents" to "D:\Users\DoubleGlazed\Documents" and noticed that the Security tab has Read, Write and Execute permissions for Users group which wasn't there before.

So the question is if i set the permissions correctly (remove Users group) is this only applicable to Windows 7 or will the permissions hold true for any OS trying to access the drive?
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16 Dec 2010   #10
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

For any Windows edition it applies.

Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

You need to take ownership *username*, keep the group users and give them no rights and give you all the rights for the file.

The best way to completely transfer a file with all properties is /xcopy in cmd. But dragging and dropping works the same but you have to change the owners and security information
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