I have UAC disabled entirely but it doesn't help.
I just read that post #1 you mentioned, Joe, and am not sure what I would put in place of the "X:" for external drive letter.
Let's say I wanted to get the permission I needed for the things in My Documents to open up in Word. Would I replace that drive letter with this path.... "c:/users/[myusername]/my documents" followed by the rest of the things he mentions? And use the quotes to indicate the path is all one unit?
If you need to take ownership, open a command prompt with admin privileges and type in:takeown /f "X:" /r /a (where X: is ext. drive)Enclose the drive letter with spaces in quotes. /r is recursive. /a grants ownership to the Administrators group, rather than the user.