Sunday, April 17, 2005

How to take ownership of a folder protected on an second hard drive in Windows XP.

Tricky bit is that, one must first go >> windows explorer >> tools >> folder options >> view (tab) >> scroll down and uncheck "Use simple file sharing (recommended)". Apply that and return to your main windows explorer window.


Now when you right click on the folder you can select "Sharing and security .." >> select the Security tab >> a pop up message says "You do not have permission to view or edit the current permission setting for work, but you can take ownership or change auditing settings", press OK >> now click the Advanced button >> select the Owner tab >> Under the 'Change Owner to:' box, select the new owner >> check 'Replace owner on subcontainer and objects' and click Apply. You should see a working windows that states 'changing ownership permissions'.


Well done, data recovery, you have access :)

14 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

This has got to be one of the most annoying "user friendly features" in Windows XP. I must have invested half a day trying to find that one elusive check box. And I am not alone. Do MS actually do user acceptance testing?

4:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Alan have been trying to do this for weeks now!

10:33 am  
Blogger FxDi@mOnD said...

This tip is awesome. You saved my life friend. Keep up and good work =)

2:33 pm  
Blogger John Charity said...

Thank you Alan,

You thoughtfulness from 3 years ago have saved me hundreds of hours.

May this blog remain for many years to come.

You are a beacon.

regards,
john_charity@vmdirect.com

1:22 am  
Anonymous DrNicket said...

Unfortunately, I was not so lucky. I'm trying to backup a friend's hard drive before I reformat and reinstall Vista (that won't boot or restore/repair without reformat).

I took ownership of the entire drive basically and now it says that the (protected) folders are "unavailable" in a rather wordy error message.

Any advice?

5:07 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Works for me. Thanks a lot.

9:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AHHHHHH Thanks to Google and you for saving me a giant headache. Thanks thanks thanks!

5:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Work Man!!Saved me lots of hours

4:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This bit of info is HUGE!!!! Thank you VERY much!!

8:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Info is gold!!! thanks Alan!

8:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saved me SO much time, thank you very much Alan!

2:43 am  
Anonymous Sebastian said...

Thanks very much Richard, troubleshooting this one myself left me empty and confused.

Cheers!

2:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!! Thanks one million times!!!!

6:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank! no more i can say :)

4:04 am  

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