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Windows 7: Second Drive Has Me Locked Out After Re-installing Win7

07 Oct 2011   #11

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I repeat-taking ownership is not always a cure-all.

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07 Oct 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

I thought the problem was he can't read (and for that matter copy) the old files on D: to begin with.

And in this case, taking ownership of the complete drive should be harmless since it's not the running Windows system. It's worth a try before going off in any other direction.
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07 Oct 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Taking ownership and/or changing permissions looks to be the way out. OP may also have a look at this thread. Access Denied to D:\ after installing WIN7

And do keep in mind the link I provided in post #10 above from a user who had tried it.
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08 Oct 2011   #14

Windows 7 64 Pro


I would do the second option that you recommended, but the items I want to keep are more than the free space that I have on drive C. Therefore, how do you go about taking ownership of items of drive D and then getting permissions for those items as well (folders and subfolders)?

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08 Oct 2011   #15

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

You are not going to like mey answer, but under the circumstances and planning for the future, buy a larger external USB drive. I think I saw a 1TB for $100 at Fry's. My largest external usb is 320 GB.
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08 Oct 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP


Try rightclick>take ownership of D first after installing the shortcut as already given here: Take Ownership Shortcut

I don't think it will present a problem and may be a quick solution. If not, rightclick D>Properties>Security and add Everyone as owner with full permissions.
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