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Access to hard drive partitions is blocked

by tempy45 / September 27, 2008 12:37 PM PDT

I was running Windows 2000 Pro, then deleted it and installed Windows XP Home.

My computer had and still has has three hard drives: (1) a SCSI (SATA) partitioned into C: and E:, (2) a SCSI (SATA) partitioned into D: and G:, and an old IDE drive used as F:.

Under Windows 2000, people could sign on as "Guest," but they had access only to parts of Drive C: All other drives could be accessed only by me, "Administrator." (I set this up so long ago I don't remember just how I did it.)

Now when I sign onto XP an administrator, I'm denied access to all the partitions except C: and F: ("E:\ is not accessible. Access is denied.")

I can't just repartition and reformat; tons of data are in those partitions.

Any suggestions?

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More about the problem
by tempy45 / September 27, 2008 12:51 PM PDT

I just noticed that Administrative Tools'Disk Management screen shows these inaccessible partitions as being formatted NTFS (which is true), but when you right-click for Properties, it lists the file system as "RAW" and shows no free spaces (both if which are NOT true).

I am stumped.

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Just so you know
by Jimmy Greystone / September 27, 2008 1:59 PM PDT

Just so you know SCSI is NOT the same thing as SATA. They are two completely different hard drive connection technologies.

Anyway, have you tried looking into the whole "taking ownership" thing? It's one of those things that commonly trips people up.

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What partitioning software was used if any?
by Soul Raven / September 27, 2008 3:20 PM PDT

As the previous poster indicated you should be able to resolve this by simply taking ownership of the remaining drives, and their contents. But, I was curious as to whether you used any third party partitioning software, when you first setup the drives?


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Problem solved
by tempy45 / September 28, 2008 6:07 AM PDT

I restored Windows 2000 Pro (via Norton Ghost), then changed the security settings for the problem partitions so that "Everyone" had access.

I restored Windows XP Home (via Norton Ghost, God bless it!), and now I have access to the partitions.

I created these partitions a long time ago. I don't think I used non-Windows software to partition them.

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