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"My documents" = Access denied, how to fix?


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Ok, so my hard drive stopped booting into windows successfully, and somehow windows got corrupt.

I have since installed a new HD, loaded WinXP SP2 (the old corrupt drive also had WinXP SP2) and I have the old drive hooked up to another IDE connector. I can view the entire old drives contents, except for the files in My Documents.

Now I have done some research on this and apparently this is a program called cacls and xcacls. I have tried to use both and it unlocked access to My Documents.
I still cannot view any of the sub dirs though, which I need files from.

So I can now access
F:\Documents and Settings\Cooltown

but I cannot access

F:\Documents and Settings\Cooltown\My Documents

or any other dir within the Cooltown dir.

I have tried using the same command I used to unlock the Cooltown dir, or rather take control of it or whatever it is called lol. It keeps telling me access denied when I try it with these other dirs. Can anyone help plz?
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Try here

http://support.micro...kb;en-us;277644
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Have you tried using a live cd?
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Scooped: what is a live cd? no I haven't tried one.

Keith: checking that link out now. I have tried this link:

http://support.micro...om/?kbid=318754

which is exactly what I want, but it is confusing to understand and anything I try it gives me "access denied".
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It was for 2000, hopefully they made it easier for XP
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Keith, the link you posted only applies to win 2k/nt, I am using XP. It says to right click and go to properties, then the security tab. I have no security tab :tazz:
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This is for XP

http://support.micro...kb;en-us;810881
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after some playing around with it, it worked! I had to turn off inheritance in that menu and also delete all previous ownerships and then just add a new one (mine :tazz:)

<3 Keith
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Thank You for letting me know
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This is for XP

http://support.micro...kb;en-us;810881



To be more accurate, it is for XP PRO it doesn't work for XP Home edition SP1 or 2. :blink:

If you find a solution for XP home, that would be even better.... :whistling:
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For anyone else reading this thread down the road...
Taking Ownership of files or folders:
http://support.micro...p;Product=winxp

Johanna
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Ah yes, the old F8, safe mode ploy (said as "Chief Inspector Jaques Cluessoue") Surprise! It works! Brush up on your "key" play though, the mouse may not work!
My previous plan worked too: I bought a $12 USB/IDE ATA link cable (comes with a nifty power supply too) from the Geeks at their dot com and hooked it to my XP PRO machine where I could flex my administrative muscle in a more ductile environment. A few clicks of the the rodent and I was master (once again) of all of my domain. Being a true "Geek" being "denied access", is a fact of life, but not in the computer world!
Thanks! :whistling:
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