Cannot access My Documents folders from a drive taken from another Windows 7 system.

LoneTXRanger

Reputable
Aug 25, 2014
3
0
4,510
0
I was running a Windows 7 system when the motherboard suddenly died. Skipping the dramatics, I have a new Windows 7 system and have connected the old system hard drive via a SATA -> USB dock. I can access most everything on the old drive except those files controlled under the My Documents, My Photos, etc. structure.

I have taken ownership of the entire drive and given myself full permissions to everything on the drive but still cannot view or manipulate the files. Running ATTRIB from a command prompt yielded "Access Denied" messages.

Unlocker did not work either.

Any ideas of what to try next?

Thanks!!
 

wildfire707

Distinguished
Dec 29, 2011
759
1
19,660
249


You can try using bootable linux to read everything and copy to USB memory. Ubuntu will usually do this.
 

wildfire707

Distinguished
Dec 29, 2011
759
1
19,660
249
User folders don't inherit permissions by default, so all you should have to do is select the user folder that you are having problems with, open properties on it, select the security tab, click on Advanced (not Edit), and click on the "Change Permissions" button under the Permissions tab, add your user to the list (if it is not there), and edit your user with "Full control" permissions to that folder and apply those changes.

All of the sub-folders of a user's folder should inherit those permissions.

Hopefully this works for you.
 

wildfire707

Distinguished
Dec 29, 2011
759
1
19,660
249


You can try using bootable linux to read everything and copy to USB memory. Ubuntu will usually do this.
 

LoneTXRanger

Reputable
Aug 25, 2014
3
0
4,510
0
Ubuntu was key! Being able to view the disk without the clutter of "dirty windows", I determined that the directories were, in fact, quite empty. That's when I remembered that I had redirected all of the storage out of the My Documents structure - I guess I'm pretty clever but forgetful...

Anyway - it's a great tip and a tool I'll keep around! Who knows, I may even build a Ubuntu system just for kicks!
 

ASK THE COMMUNITY

TRENDING THREADS