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    External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    I have two 1 Terrabyte drives that I had installed on my old computer running Windows XP Professional. I changed the drives over to my new computer running Vista Home Premium, but am only able to access the one drive. I'll be darned if I can remember what I did to get the one drive to work, but lightning hasn't struck twice... I am still unable to access the other drive. When I try to change the owner to the new administrator (me), I'm told that I don't have the authority. Help.

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    Welcome to the Lounge!!! Are you saying that Vista recognizes the drive but won't let you access the contents? Are you logged in as the builtin Administrator user or a user that is an administrator?

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    Hello Joe

    The computer does recognize the drive, but won't let me access the contents. It shows all the folders on the drive (about 4,000), but says that they are empty. As far as I know, there is only the one logon screen, and that's as administrator. How would I check to see if I'm logged on as the builtin administrator or a user that an administrator?

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    I should have mentioned that the drives are external. One is connected by firewire 400 (the one I can access) and the other is connected by a USB cable. I don't know if this will make a difference, but I thought that I should include all of the information.

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home

    If you 'google' "external hard drive vista" you will see that this is a problem that many others are having.
    I was thinking of getting an external but when I read the box covers, so far, not one of them say that they will work with vista.
    So....I am holding off for awhile.
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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    Which drive can you access, the one on USB or on Firewire?

    Do a Google search as follows and you will find a lot of hits.

    "Vista drivers" Firewire

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    Dave,
    I think he said he can access the Firewire 400 drive, not the USB.
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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home

    Having a lack of authority is something all Vista users have to get used to. As a general rule right click on a program and click Run As Administrator just to be on the safe side, even if you assume you already are the administrator.

    Many things, including such unlikely things as flash drives, have driver updates for Vista compatibility, so check the manufacturer's site for drivers, and SR-1 drivers at that (the recent SR-1 brought a deluge of updates). Driver updates are an ever-expanding library, so check anything and everything on a fairly frequent basis.

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    Missed that "(the one I can access) "
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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home Premium)

    Thank you all for your ideas and comments. I have been successful in getting access to the drive's folders (I always had access to the drive). Here was the method that I used.

    1. Right mouse click on the main file folder and choose properties.
    2. Left click on properties and choose "System". Left click on the "advanced" tab.
    3.Choose "Advanced Security Sessions" tab and left click on the "Edit" button
    4. Left click on the "Owner" tab.
    5. Left click on your administrator ID in the "Change owner to" dialogue box
    6. Left click on the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" check box and left click on apply.

    The system will then take a few moments/minutes (depending on the size of the hard drive being changed), and change the owner of the drive to the administrator of the Vista machine.

    Restart "My computer" and you will see that you have access to all of the files and folders on your machine.

    I would like to say that I carefully thought this whole process through, but in reality, I stumbled on it... again. I must have done the same thing on the other drive that I was able to get working... This time I took notes!

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home

    Not knowing about the exact steps in Vista, but: "... It shows all the folders on the drive (about 4,000), but says that they are empty ..." to me indicated a typical ownership issue (shows them, no access, says that they are empty).

    Good that you found a solution and posted it here.

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    Re: External hard drive not accessable (Vista Home

    Well done. Stumbled or not, you documented the procedure and it is now on my Post Reminders list.

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