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permissions to read files in a hard drive on HDD dock

by jboyneedhelp / April 6, 2012 11:43 PM PDT

Trying to get pictures off a hard drive through an HDD docking station. Finally found the files but cannot view them because I don't have permission. I've tried messing with the permissons in the security settings but I'm just not getting anywhere. I was hoping someone could tell me what I'm doing wrong.

don't need anything off the drive but the pics for my wife. Thanks

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Which OS?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 6, 2012 11:49 PM PDT

If you mean Windows, then look for Taking Ownership & your OS in Google.

For example, if you're using Windows XP, the Google search will be Taking Ownership XP and the first link in the Google search will give you this from Microsoft; - How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP

I hope that helps.


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by jboyneedhelp / April 7, 2012 2:36 AM PDT
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actually it's a hard drive from a computer that was using XP, and I'm trying to get the pics off using a computer that uses windows 7. I don't think this is the problem but it's probably not helping. I have done the "taking ownership" thing on a couple of the files. It allways says the same thing. It says that I have takin wnership of the file but that I need to close the properties box I was using and reopen the file. But when I do noithing has changed. I'm just back where I started with a prompt telling me I do not have permission to view the file/picture. I'll check out the links you provided though. At least I'll have a procedure list rather than just "trial and error". Thanks again

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To be sure
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 7, 2012 10:15 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks

Did you follow guidance such as the steps offered here?

If not, follow the steps precisely and I suggest you do that on the "folders" as well, not just the files themselves.

There's a slide show in the link below;

If all else fails, there is a workaround, but it means trying something you may not have thought of before, using a different OS, a Linux Live CD.

This is a Linux OS, typically Ubuntu, which is wholly installed onto a CD. Reboot the system with that CD inserted, let Ubuntu load, (it makes no changes to the windows operating system), then using Ubuntu's file manager, copy those files of the XP disk onto some external or removable media.

Here is the link about that; and to be sure you know, the file you download cannot just be burnt to a CD, it must be burned as an ISO to the CD to make it bootable.

Good luck.


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