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Windows 7: Trying to remove Windows system file protection from 2nd disk

03 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Trying to remove Windows system file protection from 2nd disk

Less than a month ago I build a new rig, installed Windows 7 on my SSD and at a later time I attached my old 1TB large disk with still had XP installed on it.

Windows is protecting this drive, all folders are flagged read only and I'm unable to remove the read only flag, each time I try, and check back after processing a job to un flag it, there still there.

I'm able to delete files and folders after accepting the UAC popup, however, there are several folders I want to remove but am unable to, /Boot, /Documents & Settings, /Windows and some root system files, but windows doesn't let me.
(I need to run programs with elevated rights in order to be able to modify those files)

The /Boot is from an older Windows 7 install and it should be safe removing it, because I installed windows 7 on a SSD with out any other disks attached, so no dual boot stuff.

But worst of all, many files are also flagged read only, along with my project files that I'm now unable to modify.

What buttons do I need to press to get windows to understand he should not be protecting this disk and there ain't no windows installed on it so I can clean up get rid of those read only flags on the files

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03 Jul 2011   #2

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03 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
agree with this. it sounds like you just want to use certain files. once you take ownership i would backup those files and simply wipe that drive and recreate the partition then move the files back.
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03 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I didn't actually try the tool, but did what the tool does, modify security settings and grant the user the needed rights to modify the file/folder, but this didn't do anything.
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03 Jul 2011   #5
James Colbert


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 Trying to remove Windows system file protection from 2nd disk

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