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Windows 7: Can't access user's folder on any external hard drive

10 Jan 2012   #1

7 Ultimate x64
Can't access user's folder on any external hard drive

I am using Windows Seven ultimate x64 and I started having a problem when trying to access user's folder under documents and settings or users on any attached external hard drive on my computer.
i didn't have this problem before, it started on the same installation of windows and without any changes to my system settings or user settings.
I am a computer tech and I use my computer to backup data before repairing computers so I attach the hard drive to my computer using a USB enclosure.
This is limiting my work since I didn't find any solution yet.
It's giving me the error below: "you don't currently have permission to access this folder"
This is happening on any external hard drive I want to access the user's data.
Please help

Thank you

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10 Jan 2012   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Fadsnet, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you may need to take ownership of the folder, and "Allow" your user account "Full control" of the folder before you will have access.

How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista and Windows 7

Take Ownership Shortcut

Hope this helps,
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10 Jan 2012   #3

7 Ultimate x64

Hi Brink
Actually, I don't want to take ownership and replace the permissions on the external user's folder since sometimes it will damage the user's profile and I can't login to it.
As I said it used to be working before and then it changed by itself.
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10 Jan 2012   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You could make note of what the current ownership and permission settings are for the folder, and change it back afterwards if you like.
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