Open folder a new user in Windows XP
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: gojira248-ga
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15 Oct 2005 10:43 PDT
Expires: 14 Nov 2005 09:43 PST
Question ID: 580651
Hi, I have a little problem. I have two hard drives in my computer (one with the operating system (MAIN) and one with various files (SECONDARY). I was having problems with my Windows XP professional, so I backed-up inportant files to my SECONDARY drive, reforatted the MAIN drive, and reinstalled windows. When I went to access files on the SECONDARY drive, I was able to get everything except for one "Home Movies" file. When I try to open the folder, I get an error saying "D:\Home Movies is not accessible / Access is Denied". I had about 10 gigs of various home movies, slide shows, and files for DVDs that I have made in this folder, so it is REALLY REALLY important that I get them back considering it is a few years of my life in there...If I try to get properties for the folder, it says 0 bytes, but I can tell my the amount space left of the drive that everything is still there. When I reintalled Windows, I think I changed the user name (it was in all caps before (ie. SMITH before and now Smith)) and my Windows XP professional was formerly setup on a workgroup and domain so I could connect to my companies network (which I didn't do this time bc I no longer need to). I really need to get access to these files so I can copy them. Please help!!
Re: Open folder a new user in Windows XP
Answered By: secret901-ga on 15 Oct 2005 11:13 PDT
Hi gojira248-ga, I've had the same problem after reinstalling Windows a while ago. After some extensive searching, I found out how to fix it. Please follow these steps to fix the problem. I assume that you have Windows XP. If you are not using Windows XP, these directions might not apply to you. Please use the request for clarification feature to let me know if that is the case. 1. Make sure you are logged in as an administrator (an account with admin privileges) 2. Open the command prompt by clicking on Start->All Programs->Accessories->Command Prompt 3. On the command prompt, type in the following: cacls "D:\Home Movies\*" /G "Smith":F "D:\Home Movies\*" is the path of the directory you wish to have access to, and must be in quotes because of the presence of spaces. "Smith" is the user name that you wish to grant access, and must be in quotes if it contains spaces. 4. Answer "Y" to the confirm that you want to change permission. 5. Wait for a while for all the files to be processed. These steps will give your account permission to access the directory. You can also use "D:\*" as the directory to give yourself access to the whole drive in case there are other directories where you don't have access to. These steps should help you resolve your problem. If you still can't access your files after following these steps, please use the request for clarification feature before rating this answer. Thanks, secret901-ga Google Answers Researcher Search strategy "Windows XP" permission command prompt Syntax of the cacls command: http://www.ss64.com/nt/cacls.html NT Permissions: http://www.ss64.com/ntsyntax/permissions.html
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Hi, your answer still gave me the "You Don't Have Permissions" answer, but it lead me in the right direction. I did some research, and it turns out that doing to following worked: 1. Log in with Administrator Account 2. Go to Tools > Folder Options and turn on Simply File Sharing 3. Right click on folder and go to properties, and click on Security Tab 4. This area essentially allows the admin to take control of the folder. Working great now. Thanks very much for you help!
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