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Windows 7: External hard drive locked out?

21 Aug 2010   #1
HexDSL

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (Full)
 
 
External hard drive locked out?

Hello all.

Im running Windows 7 X64 (Home Premium) on my desktop PC. plugged into this pretty much all the time is my 350GB WD Essentials USB drive. this is where i store any family videos, pictures of drivers for my PC. all was great until...

I went on holiday so i put my external drive in my netbook bag (windows 7 x32 running on it) when i tried to use the drive with my net book i got all sorts of popups about taking ownership of the directory. after some messing i got the files i wanted.

when i got home the drive was fine on m ydesktop. then when i wanted to take some home movies over to my dad (windows vista laptop) i was told that i was not allowed to take the files off the drive unless i took ownership.... another hours fiddling...

why does my desktop pc 'own' my drive and how do i make it more friendly to other PC's without formatting it?

please help its really irritating me


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21 Aug 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Use "Everyone" when setting permissions. Or other standard Windows groups, like User or Administrators.
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