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Windows 7: Setting permissions to access old drive

05 Dec 2009   #1
Lee K

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Setting permissions to access old drive

With my W7 residing on it's own on a new SSD drive, now I want to be able to fully access my 2nd drive, my old XP drive from the default Admin acct. created on W7 initial install.

I can read from the 2nd HDD, copy to the new drive, but can't read / write, it just says I don't have permission.

My research so far reveals this TrustedInstaller does not give full blown permissions to a 2nd drive in a situation like this. I am thinking there has to be a way around this without having to be logged in as the built-in Admin always. I just haven't found it yet. It's rather confusing this security and file permissions. I ran into this problem with XP before when I took and switched out disks, and I just had to reset the permissions globally for the entire disk somehow.

I might log in again as the built-in admin and see if it gives me options to change settings for the acct. I think that is the way...

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05 Dec 2009   #2
Lee K

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Everything I tried so far doesn't work, I don't understand why I can access just fine from built-in Admin but no amount of settings seems to give my user admin acct. access to the old HDD
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05 Dec 2009   #3
Lee K

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Okay I can create a new file, save it to my old XP drive which is F: I can then open it, modify it and save the changes to F:

So it is accessing my old files on drive F:, something when your logged as built-in Admin over-rides and permissions or settings but doesn't when your logged in as the user admin.

Going to have to reset permissions on all the files on the drive somehow, I can see a few options but I don't know enough to just go trying things.
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05 Dec 2009   #4
Lee K

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit


Got it all figured out. Now I remember way back when I had to do this in XP. The permissions for some reason, you can't just select the drive then add a user and give control to execute, read, write, and so on. You have to do it one at a time from the top down, in hierarchical order. Setting permissions along the way. I can see the old user permission from previous XP as a series of numbers with a question mark. I just added the user I wanted for access to the files and what that user can and cannot do.

Simple really, you just can't globally select a object like a drive and folder and expect everything under that to be updated accordingly.

Probably better, more efficient ways of doing this, but it works

And do I ever like Windows 7, what a performance boost! To a 3 year old system! Everything is working great, only a few minor hiccups. Very smooth and fast... SSD for the OS is the way to go now! It was recommended to me and I can see why.

Even my almost 15 year old IBM 4019 works just fine with a lpt to usb adapter...
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05 Dec 2009   #5

7 Pro64 Hopefully

One of my pet peeves with vista and now simple file sharing. Ok on a domain with a server to manage users this security I understand. But on a home network? Gave up on vista first. The key was adding the user Everyone to permisions and security.
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