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Gaining Administrative Access To files?

by Kernam69 / July 6, 2013 2:36 PM PDT

*Disclaimer not computer literate at all*

So I bought a computer from a gaming hub that was going out a business 3 to 4 years ago. The computer has a C drive with 100GB and a D drive with 830GB. The c drive now is almost completely full. I wanted to move some things from the C drive to the D drive so I could free up space having just had an error occur because there was not enough space on the c drive. Problem is that when I went to delete the files after moving them, it said I did not have permission to preform this action.

After doing some research I believe that my problem may be that I don't have administrative access? It seems as though there is only one account on the computer (mine) and I'm at a bit of a lose as to what I should do to remedy the situation.

Thanks for the help!

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Before you delete such.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 2:57 PM PDT

Let's hear more. Sure we could plow ahead and give you the dynamite to delete the files but are you sure these are not in use by the OS or system?


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It would help ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 6, 2013 3:01 PM PDT

if you let us know the operating system you are using on the computer. The problem you describe is likely an ownership problem.

You will need to be logged onto the computer with an account that has Administrator rights. Assuming yours is a Windows machine here is what you do:

For Windows XP:

For Windows Vista or Windows 7 try this:

Now for the maybe not so good news. What you can move to the D: partition is limited to what is not requires for Windows to function and data files.. Programs you have installed need to be uninstalled then re-installed on the D: partition as they don't move easily then still function.

What would likely work better would be for you to back up all your data (you hopefully already have that done daily) then make use of some partition management software to expand the C: partition to a larger size. If your Operating System is Windows XP gparted is freeware and can be found here (use the Live CD link after reading about how to use it).

A good commercial partition resizing utility is Partition Commander:

For Windows Vista or Windows 7 you can use their native capability to merge partitions per these instructions:

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Additional Info and Instructions followed
by Kernam69 / July 7, 2013 6:51 AM PDT
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Additional Info
I'm running Windows Vista Home Basic. Also the files I'm trying to delete are things like steam and ventrillo which I have already made copies of into my D drive.

I followed the instructions on the link you provided me ( and changed the permission to my user name. I then went back and tried to delete them again and still the same error. Would screen shots of the error be helpful?

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