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    File permissions/ownership

    Longtime lurker, first time poster.
    My son's Vista Home Premium system had a catastrophic failure of the motherboard. He asked if I could retrieve some documents and photos from the hard drive. I managed to get them, but it took longer than I thought it should.
    I connected his hard drive to a USB to SATA converter, and explored the drive. I was somewhat surprised that I had unfettered access to the ...USERS/admin directory, and copied out the few files of interest in that folder. I could not get access to the ...USERS/userA folder. I thought this might be a problem with permission/ownership of files in that folder. Going to the properties>Security>Advanced>Ownership tab, I could transfer ownership to myself for all object and subcontainers. This was, in fact, how I obtained the files. I could not get any farther down the tree than ...USER/userA. General properties of the folder reported a total file count in excess of four million files.
    Most of these files were actually in the subdirectories AppData>Local, LocalLow, and Roaming. Since I only had the option to transfer ownership of everything in the ...USERS/UserA directory, the process took nearly three days.
    My question is whether there is some way to get all the way to the ...Users/UserA/Documents directory before needing to transfer ownership.
    I also tried a search from a command prompt ran as administrator, but the subdirectories of interest return "File not Found" to the "Dir" query.
    I did get the files, so it is not a big problem. I am just wondering if there is a quicker method.

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    I think if you were to use a Linux-based NTFS explorer from a utility disc or bootable USB you would be able to just copy the files of interest.
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    kklet1,

    You could have used a utility like "Take Ownership" to change ownership for the whole Users directory. HTH
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    Thank you for the reply.
    I was able to take ownership of the Users folder with one command, but it took nearly three days for the command to finish since there were so many files.

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