[HDD] Cannot access files from external hard disk due to permission error

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I have an external hard disk which has 1 partition, formatted in NTFS. I use this drive on multiple computers, with different logins, and with different operating systems (Windows XP and Windows 7). All files are plain old files, not OS encrypted or compressed. However, Windows 7 does not let me access some files, for I don't have "citing permissions".

Is there a simple way that I could access the files/directory on a partition, apart from taking ownership and setting appropriate permissions? I really find this process very tedious.

Thanks ahead.

Answered By 55 points N/A #96534

[HDD] Cannot access files from external hard disk due to permission error


The only thing causing the problem is the NTFS format. This format is specifically designed to restrict the usage of specific files from specific users.

I don't know if you are trying to access files that you don't have permission to or that external HDD belongs to someone else. But here are few steps that you can try to solve the issue.

On your computer,log in as administrator. Right click on the drive and go to properties.

From the tabs select the security tab and in the tab go to advance options by clicking the respective button.

Go to owner tab and then edit it using the edit button.

Click the admin group and check the replace owner sub-cainters and objects. It will ask for replacing permissions. Just go through it.

In the security tab, go to original properties page and click the edit button and in the security dialog box click the remove all entries in the group/user name.

Now add the new user by clicking on the add and select the option of Everyone and click ok

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