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Windows 7: save file on external drive not the same as internal drive

19 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
save file on external drive not the same as internal drive

Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.
So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.
So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?
Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not file after file after file, individually, would be ideal.

Any suggestions my friends?

Thank you

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20 Feb 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Dear pintree3,
I've noticed that you posted the same "verbatim" in with no answer forthcoming!
external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive - Tech Support Guy Forums

Can you please bring more clarity to your query? That will start the juices running in all of us here to ponder and post. Sorry if i sounded rude.

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21 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the intern


Thanks for your help and 'No, you did not sound rude at all.
Yes, you are correct I always ask the same questions at a few trustworthy forums only because more often than not, -1-answers don't come in some of them -2-some answers are too slow to come -3- some answers are better than others -4- 'two heads are better than one' -5- xtra caution via verification.
Anyhow, someone suggested I go to the dos prompt with an attrib command for the drive and that didn't work. Before that I had tried changing the 'Properties--> Security-->Permissions of a file and that didn't work. Someone else suggested I create a new folder and move everything to that new folder. This worked for one file and not another. I realized that it worked for the file I had given permission to but not the one I had not done so. Which means it does work if I do -a-create a new folder and move files into that new folder and -b-give each file permission manually. Obviously this 2nd factor, giving manual permission to each and every file, would take months so now I'm wondering is there another way OR is there a way to give manual permissions to everything in there all at once instead of one by one?
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21 Feb 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Dear pintree3,
This may solve the issue of granting "Full Permissions for both FILES AND FOLDERS" using the Command Prompt dialogue. (Source:Ms database.).

open an elevated command prompt as administrator, and issue the following commands: For Files:

takeown /f file_name /d y

icacls file_name /grant administrators:F

For Folders or Directories (will perform action recursively)
takeown /f directory_name /r /d y

icacls directory_name /grant administrators:F /t

Hope this helps!
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