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Windows 7: Files on external drive cannot be accessed (owner + permissions hell!)

09 Nov 2012   #31
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I'm clicking like 3-5 times a second for 20 minutes trying to get past the constant stream of Access Is Denied errors while permissions are being changed. A lot of it is itty-bitty bit parts of .html files. There's no checkbox to tell Win 7 to stop nagging me about that and either change permissions or don't. I can't possibly click this much.

BTW, it seems all the graphics on this webpage don't work anymore. I'm getting .gif placeholders. Must have lost a file association while I was doing this.

I'm ready to cancel out and restore to the previous afternoon because there is no way this is gonna finish.

PS: I got my Avatar for this post, but .gif placeholders everywhere else on this page.

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09 Nov 2012   #32
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Looks like I'm gonna have to use Linux to delete some large folders I copied over to My Documents (Win 7) from an XP Acronis backup. (Then redo the permissions thing I just tried)

Probably gonna have to hook up a 500 GB FAT 32 external hard drive to my new laptop, and copy files from my Acronis True Image Home 11 Win XP backup onto that, then copy those files into My Documents (Win 7). Permissions may disappear when files land on FAT 32, then they can copy to Win 7 without permissions baggage. Still have to observe the 4 GB file limit, not sure if that applies to folder size too (PS: folder size doesn't matter). I have a lot of 23 GB folders with hundreds of video files in each.
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09 Nov 2012   #33

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

first take ownership of everything under C:\Users\1 Eric Bentsen! do it in Elevated Command Prompt Prompt

TAKEOWN /F  "C:\Users\1 Eric Bentsen"  /R  /D  Y
It may give errors... but continues
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09 Nov 2012   #34
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I'm not doing that again. It quit on a dime and corrupted a program. I had to restore the folder to an earlier time to restore function to the program.
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09 Nov 2012   #35

Windows 7 x64

Hi Kaktussoft, apologies for disappearing, but it was close to 3 am when I was going over the instructions! hehe

I've done everything, including post #11, and I've only tried a few files, but ones that gave me trouble before are now working fine! Is there anything else to set do you think? Otherwise it looks like you solved my issue! SUPER AWESOME!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
zapat3ro: Already saved the new permissions for E:\? please do it then do this from security->advanced where you was before. If done, press OK a few times.

return to security->advanced ->tab owner->change. Make yourself the owner. Be sure to put a checkmark at the bottom. Now click OK a few times

Now you are the owner of all files/folders.

Then open this screen

put a checkmark at "Replace all child object......"" and press ok.
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09 Nov 2012   #36

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

You are owner or E:\ (default is SYSTEM but I dont care). Ownership has been propogated to all stuff below it. So you are owner of everything on E.

We did set permissons on E drive to what is default when you format a volume. We deleted all permissions and inhereted it from root of E:

All fine... have a good day mate
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09 Nov 2012   #37

Windows 7 SP1 x64

Google "Takeownership". There is a zip file that allows you to setup a registry change that has the "Takeownership" command on your right click context menu. Can change ownership easily for 1 file or for an entire drive.
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