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    How do I get access to user folders on old drive? (Windows XP Pro SP2)

    My old computer died but the hard drive survived. I'm in the process of moving all my old files over from the hard drive on to my new computer. I've attached the hard drive with a USB/IDE interface and everything has gone smoothly except for one thing. I'm unable to access any of the folders in Documents and Settings/Abraham (which was my user name on the old computer). When I try to navigate to that folder I get an error message that it is not accessible and access is denied. If I right click and check its properties it shows 0 bytes, 0 files, 0 folders, all of which are clearly not correct.

    I'm logged on as an administrator, which I assume would give me permission to access everything. Am I wrong? Do I need to do something to give myself access to this folder and its sub-folders (which, of course, contain all the application data folders)? If I go to the folder properties window there are options on both the Sharing and the Security tabs, but I'm not sure what, if anything, I need to do here.

    Many thanks in advance for any guidance!

    regards,
    Abraham

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    Re: How do I get access to user folders on old drive? (Windows XP Pro SP2)

    When you right click on the folder in question what information is given about the # of files and folders there ??

    Edited after re-reading your post. Stupid question. You already gave us that info. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: How do I get access to user folders on old drive? (Windows XP Pro SP2)

    It's possible that Administrator didn't have access to the files, but you should still be able to "Take Ownership" of the entire tree of files.
    <UL><LI>In Windows Explorer, right click on the top level folder of the tree you can't access.
    <LI>Properties > Security
    <LI>Click the Advanced button
    <LI>Switch to the Owner tab
    <LI>In the section marked "Change owner to" choose your currently logged in username
    <LI>Select the check box that says "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects"
    <LI>Click OK[/list]StuartR

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    Re: How do I get access to user folders on old drive? (Windows XP Pro SP2)

    Worked perfectly! Many many thanks!
    Abraham Z.

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