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Security Poperties for Folders


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Curious D

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Hi.  In the past few days, I have been having trouble with the security properties of my folders.  I downloaded my pictures from my camera, changed the name of the pictures and then moved them over to the appropiately named folders for the pictures.  When I tried to back up my pictures to the NAS drive, the pictures weren't copied.  Apparently, the pictures were locked.  I couldn't renamed them, move them or delete them.  After reading a little about this, I thought it was a issue with sharing and the security settings.  When I look at the properties of all the others folders that can be backed up, there doesn't seem to be any difference.  Both the affected folders and the non-affected folders have no permissions assigned for the folders.  However, only with a change in the security properties can the affected folders and files be backed up.  I tried to change the security permissions by right clicking the folder, going under properties, security and editing the group or user names.  That seemed to work only for the folder in question and not for the subfolders in the folder.  In fact, all subfolders displayed a padlock now.  Also, when I tried to change the settings, I got a messaage that the ACL was invalid. 

 

I feel like I messed up my security settings.  I don't know what happened in the first place to cause the inability to back up the files.  I'm sorry if this seems so disjointed, but I am at a loss as to what has happened.  Can someone help me?  I am running a viral scan and will run a malware scan afterwards.  I am wondering if it has anything to do with my recent attempt to resize my partitions.

 

Thanks.

 

Windows 7 SP1, 64bit\

 

Update:  No virus or malware detected.


Edited by Curious D, 16 February 2015 - 09:14 AM.

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Fusionbomb

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Hello Curious D,


Perhaps you will need to take ownership of the folder(s) before being able to assign permissions.


Taking Ownership of Files and Folders
If you are an administrator, an authorized user, or a backup operator, you can take ownership of a file or folder by completing the following steps:
1. In Windows Explorer, open the file or folder’s Properties dialog box by right-clicking the file or folder and then clicking Properties.
2. On the Security tab, click Advanced to display the Advanced Security Settings dialog box.
3. On the Owner tab, click Edit.This opens the Advanced Security Settings dialog box for editing.
4. In the Change Owner To list, select the new owner.If you’re taking ownership of a folder, you can take ownership of all subfolders and files within the folder by selecting the Replace Owner On Subcontainers And Objects option.
5. Click OK twice when you have finished.



I believe you already know how to assign the permissions once you take ownership.  Let us know if this helps your situation at all.

Good luck!  :D


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Curious D

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Thank you for your response. According to the folders, I have ownership. The problem seems to lie in the security permissions. The affected folders and files do not have permissions assigned. Once I change the permissions "Group or user names" to allow "System" and my username access, the files are unlocked. I tried to change the root folder so that I don't have to change the subfolders, but I get this error in applying the settings with a "The access control list (ACL) structure is invalid" message. Then all the subfolders have a padlock on them and I have to go to all the affected folders and reset the security permission. That is a bit problematic to got to every folder and change the setting. Is there a way to blanket reset all the security permissions? Unfortunately, it still doesn't answer the question of why did the security permissions fall out when I moved the files. Any continued thoughts are appreciated.
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