How can I take ownership and get full access to files and folders

  1. Posts : 15
    OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

    How can I take ownership and get full access to files and folders

    I recently installed the SSD and Windows 10 on my device. I had Windows 7 on HDD and now I put this drive to external enclosure. Now I want to copy my data to my SSD on Windows 10 but I need to take ownership and get full access to files and folders but I don't want to mess up with these security settings because maybe I will use this drive and I don't want to damage Windows 7 file system and settings on this drive.

    So what should I do with these?

    English isn’t my native language, so please excuse any mistakes.
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  2. Posts : 8,166
    windows 10

    What files and folders if you want at some point to use the win7 again then taking ownership can kill it. The best way would be to boot back to 7 and copy files off to another drive that way everything is preserved
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  3. Posts : 18,443
    Windows 11 Pro

    Here's how to take ownership:

    As long as you leave the permissions in place that were there in Windows 7 you should be fine to also access the files/folders from the old Windows 7. And if now, then guess what you do? Go back an take ownership of the files and folders again in Windows 7
    Last edited by Brink; 31 Jul 2016 at 20:04. Reason: updated link for the same here
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  4. Posts : 1,257
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    That's the manual way to do it.

    But if you want a quicker way, then read this thread, download and run the file:

    I had to go through this same process this weekend -- migrating a bunch of files from an old "user" folder into a new "user" folder for a relative, and what worked for me was the following:
    1) Use manual method to attempt to take ownership of the folder -- it will fail!
    2) But then, you can copy the folder and all of its contents from the old "user" folder into the new "user" folder
    3) Right-click on the new "user" folder and do the take-ownership using the context menu.

    Good Luck
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  5. Posts : 43,282
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, avoid ownership issues and boot your PC from a suitable bootable medium that will allow you to copy what you want.
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