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Unprotect Files

by Rudi-Mueller / November 7, 2007 1:48 AM PST

I installed a new hard drive and reloaded Windows XP. All data files were backed up. After restoring them some, most notably .PST files, were inaccessible because they were protected and the protection cannot be changed even as administrator. They are now sitting on the new hard drive and cannot be touched, not even be deleted. Likewise, some files on an external hard drive (300GB connected through USB port) are protected and inaccessible. How can I remove protection and regain access to my files?

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by Me, Myself and You / November 7, 2007 1:54 AM PST
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A tough one is that. Sounds like they were EFS encrypted, or had NTFS permissions locking them.

You need to find something that can break that encryption. One of the undersides of security is that sometimes things can get "too" secure.

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Did you take ownership? Link only.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2007 1:54 AM PST
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I would have suggested that,
by Me, Myself and You / November 7, 2007 2:09 AM PST

but unless when the permissions were set, taking ownership was allowed to Administrators, this might not be possible. Then again, it might.

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Some are still confused about administrators.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2007 2:15 AM PST

They forget that permissions are always in effect when you are any user. Thankfully there is no "God" account in this OS.


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Thank you.
by Rudi-Mueller / November 7, 2007 5:29 AM PST

Great link. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work as stated but the article cross-referenced some steps that need to be taken before this one will work. It will take some time to explore but It might work.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2007 5:33 AM PST
In reply to: Thank you.

I use that article all the time. I have yet to consider it mis-written. However I can't tell you how many times people think it's incorrect until we go over it a few times.

Someday Microsoft will break that one into two articles since XP Home and XP Pro differ in what to do.

Did you tell us which XP you have? (no.)

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