Can't access files on old C: drive


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1

    Can't access files on old C: drive


    Recently my old C: drive died on me. Computer randomly restarted during a game then wouldn't boot up. Happened to have a spare SSD and most of my files are stored on other drives so I went ahead and turned that into my new boot drive. I'd been meaning to update to an SSD for a while anyway. While many of the files are disposable, there's still come on my old drive I'd rather recover, namely vacation pictures, all of which were meticulously organized in name and date

    The drive, as it happens, shows up on the computer as an H: drive. However, when I try to access it via H:/Users/Owner I get the message "you don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder". When clicked, it appears to be loading only for it to do nothing

    Any attempt to go into security and set a new owner leads to the message "the media is write protected"

    The data is all still there, I downloaded Disk Drill and it was able to find thousands of files. Whatever went wrong with the drive I believe that everything is still in there and accessible I just lack the knowledge to do so. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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  2. Posts : 35,402
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, you could try
    Change Owner of File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 10

    To avoid permissions completely, you could create and boot from a live boot disk rather than live Windows.
    E.g.
    Kyhi's live boot disk
    Bob Omb's live boot disk

    Google (e.g.) will offer more.
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  3. Posts : 25,011
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    ZeroXTML1 said:
    ...when I try to access it via H:/Users/Owner I get the message "you don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder". When clicked, it appears to be loading only for it to do nothing

    Any attempt to go into security and set a new owner leads to the message "the media is write protected"

    The data is all still there, I downloaded Disk Drill and it was able to find thousands of files. Whatever went wrong with the drive I believe that everything is still in there and accessible I just lack the knowledge to do so. Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Welcome to Ten Forums ZeroXTML1

    I would avoid trying to change permissions on the drive. Whatever has gone wrong with it could be made worse by any further writing to that drive. Your best course of action is to try and copy what you need from it as soon as possible.

    Besides dalchina's suggestion to boot from another system on a usb, there is one other way I know of to bypass security permissions. TreeSize Free when run as administrator can see everything on a drive. You can right-click on any file or folder in TreeSize Free, select 'Copy', then paste it to another location (which should be on another drive in your case).

    The Owner of files or folders copied in this way will be the Administrators group, which will also have Full control permissions. You should have no problem accessing the copied folder.

    TreeSize Free is available as a Portable App: TreeSize Free Portable (directory size and usage analyzer) | PortableApps.com
    Last edited by Bree; 11 Jul 2020 at 06:09.
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  4. Posts : 13,947
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #4

    Bree, that is a great idea and one I never thought about. I use Treesize a lot but never thought about being able to use it to copy files form, getting around the access problem.

    Thanks.
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  5. Posts : 7,114
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #5

    Treesize is also useful for perusing the contents of hidden system folders.
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  6. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #6

    You can also create a Linux Live CD (USB), boot from that, and access your files, without concern for permissions.

    The 10 Cleverest Ways to Use Linux to Fix Your Windows PC

    Lots of other helpful tools as well.
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  7. Posts : 25,011
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #7

    Steve C said:
    Treesize is also useful for perusing the contents of hidden system folders.
    It's a particularly safe and useful way to do that. I often use it to look inside the 'System Volume Information' folder to read the Chkdsk logs that are stored there. You can see the contents without the need to take ownership or change any permissions (so no risk of damaging normal operation).

    But if you can see it, then it follows that you can also copy it...
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  8. Posts : 13,947
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #8

    OldNavyGuy said:
    You can also create a Linux Live CD (USB), boot from that, and access your files, without concern for permissions.

    The 10 Cleverest Ways to Use Linux to Fix Your Windows PC

    Lots of other helpful tools as well.
    True, more work but guaranteed access.
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  9. Posts : 7,114
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #9

    Bree said:
    It's a particularly safe and useful way to do that. I often use it to look inside the 'System Volume Information' folder to read the Chkdsk logs that are stored there. You can see the contents without the need to take ownership or change any permissions (so no risk of damaging normal operation).

    But if you can see it, then it follows that you can also copy it...
    I use it for chkdsk logs too. I fail to see why MS makes it so hard to access such logs.
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