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Q: Restoring Permissions in Windows 2000 ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Restoring Permissions in Windows 2000
Category: Computers > Security
Asked by: myx-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 01 Jun 2003 16:43 PDT
Expires: 01 Jul 2003 16:43 PDT
Question ID: 211699
I have a hard disk that was in a Windows 2000 system.  The Security
setting in the Properties dialog box on the disk was set to "Full
Control" solely for the Administrator (the default is “Full Control”
for everyone).  I put the disk in a different Windows 2000 system and
I am unable to access the disk.  This is because I do not have
permission to access the disk.  Unfortunately the original system that
the disk was in is no longer available.  I need to find out how to
change the permissions on the disk from the second computer, or find
some recovery software that can restore my data.  Thank you for the

Request for Question Clarification by seizer-ga on 01 Jun 2003 16:55 PDT
Hi there myx!

Can you tell us the exact error message which is shown when you try to
access the disk. And can you see any files or folders at all?



Clarification of Question by myx-ga on 01 Jun 2003 18:00 PDT
I cannot see any of the files or folders on the disk.  The error that
I that is displayed when I attempt to access the drive is: "D:\ is not
accessible.  Access is denied."  Also I can see the amount of used and
free space in the "Disk Management" in the "Computer Management"
dialog box.  This is the only information that I can see about the
contents of the drive. Thanks again.

Request for Question Clarification by pwizard-ga on 02 Jun 2003 06:32 PDT
Can you right click on the disk and click on "Properties"? Then go to
the Security tab, Advanced button, Owner tab, click on a new owner for
the disk (Administrator for the new computer for example) and check
the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" and then hit OK.
This should let you take ownership over the disk and then you will be
able to assign new security rights to the drive such as "Full Control"
to Everyone, etc. Note that taking ownership doesn't necessarily give
you new rights over the drive, you may still need to set the access
permissions after you take ownership before you can access the files.

Please let me know if this works for you as it's the only way I can
think of to accomplish what you're needing to do.


Clarification of Question by myx-ga on 02 Jun 2003 10:21 PDT
Yes, this fixed the problem.  All I needed to do was add my username
to the list and give myself full control.  I can't believe I missed
that, thanks for the help.
Subject: Re: Restoring Permissions in Windows 2000
Answered By: pwizard-ga on 02 Jun 2003 11:13 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Greetings myx,

After a little bit of clarification it was determined that by taking
ownership over the files (administrators can do this on any file or
volume) and then adding the appropriate permissions, the files then
became accessible again.

I was happy to help out with this question. Please let me know if I
can be of further assistance.


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myx-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very good work.  Although I should have known this.

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