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Windows 7: No Permission to Access Folders in Old Hard Drive

18 Jun 2015   #1

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No Permission to Access Folders in Old Hard Drive

Hi, my hard drive got into some trouble yesterday and I haven't been able to load Windows. I tried the different options in recover, but nothing worked (it says couldn't repair the error.)

I also tried loading in safe mode but it always got stuck at a certain .sys file.

I know I can access the files and it's probably the loading portion of Windows that is broken because I can delete, modify, etc. the files from the recover DOS prompt option.

Anyway, I bought a new hard drive and installed Windows 7 and things are okay with the new drive.

My problem now is I'm trying to pull out my data from the old drive (connected via external USB case) but when I click on the folders in the old drive, it tells me:

"You don't currently has permission to access this folder, click continue to permanently get access to this folder"

I understand why it's doing that, but when I click 'continue' nothing happens, and I still can't access it.

Is there a way to access and pull out my old files?

Hope someone can help.


PS. I'm using Windows 7 Home version.

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18 Jun 2015   #2

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan

Hi Arzoo,

If you believe you're experiencing problems with permissions, rather than some issue with your hard drive, this tutorial may be of use.

Take Ownership Shortcut
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18 Jun 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

A bit off-topic, did you remove the old HDD while installing Windows on the new one? Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management as described here Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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18 Jun 2015   #4

windows 7

Thanks guys.

It took a while to change the ownership of the files but things look like they're okay. I'm pulling out the data now.

Yes, I did remove the old HDD then installed a new HDD into the laptop. After that I installed the Windows on the new HDD.

Thanks again. Much appreciated.
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