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Windows 7: Moved a HD to new machine, now have permission and ownership problems

11 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7
Moved a HD to new machine, now have permission and ownership problems

I recently bought a new computer. I took a data hard drive out of my old one and installed it in the new. No problems with that. All files are intact.

I am having problems with ownership and permissions on the new system. I can change permissions/ownership one one folder at a time, but that will take forever (I'm a photographer).

I've looked up several solutions and can't seem to find one to do all folders (preferably the entire drive) at once. Any suggestions?

Thanks, EdB

Old machine: Windows 7 32 bit.
New machine: Windows 7 64 bit.
Data HD: Seagate SATA 750gb.

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11 Mar 2012   #2

win7 ultimate 32bit

see this link:

Windows XP, Vista, 7, Tips and Tricks

here's an excerpt:

1). Locate the file, folder, or drive which you want to take ownership in windows explorer.
2). Right click on file, folder, or drive and select 'Properties' from Context Menu.
3). Click on 'Security' tab.
4). Click on the 'Advanced' button.
5). Click on the 'Owner' tab.
6). Click on the 'Edit' Button and select a user from the list.
7). Click Ok to apply.
8). Place a check in the box 'Replace owner on subcontainers and objects'.
9). Click Ok when the Windows Security Prompt is displayed.
10. Now click Ok again to exist from Properties window.
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11 Mar 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Rightclick on drive to adjust Sharing and Security permissions tabs to your needs.

If this isn't enough try taking ownership of the drive: Take Ownership Shortcut

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11 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7

Thanks for the replies, but none of the the tricks worked.

While I have access to drive F: (the moved drive) and the main folders, every subfolder I click on gives the message, "You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access..."

If I do that, then I have access to that folder and its subfolders but when I try and access a picture, I get the message "Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location."

These are the same results I got before I posted. Perplexed on what to do next.

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12 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7

I finally decided to just move the files and reformat the drive. That worked. Too bad I had to do all that just to move a hard drive though.
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