Apparently, when I copied these files (My pics) to the C drive the link was broken (Kodak Easyshare term) so I have to go in and do a manual mapping of each file one at a time to the source to repair the broken link (it's not a permission issue but the fix is still a pain in the backside).
For the files on the F Drive (the old XP HD), I had to set security on each file individually and that is time consuming. I thought I'd go in and try granting myself global access to the entire drive; thusly:
In Explorer, right click the drive in question and select Properties
On the Security tab click Advanced
On the Owner tab
Select you account if it isn't already and
Check "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects"
Click OK (close all dialogs)
After it set the permissions on every file (took about 15 minutes or so), I hoped I could open all data files. Nope, I will still have to go in and manually set permission on hundreds if not thousands of individual files. Once I have the file unlocked I can open it with no problem. I manually reset over 200 today (about 45 minutes)
Problem is that the drive is XP and this system is running Vista. I don't have access to another XP machine that can create a bootable CD or DVD. I have Win 2000, Win 98 and an XP machine with the no DVD/CD burner.
Any ideas on what is causing the broken links?
Why are most of the files accessible but many are not?
Any idea on how to reclaim permission to the file other than manually setting permission on each individual file?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
p.s. I'm not an expert on this stuff. I just know enough to be totally inept.