Windows 10: How can I take ownership and get full access to files and folders

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    OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
       31 Jul 2016 #1

    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.    31 Jul 2016 #2

    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.    31 Jul 2016 #3

    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.    31 Jul 2016 #4

    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.    01 Aug 2016 #5

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


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