External Hard Drive Administrative Rights


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    External Hard Drive Administrative Rights


    Oh goodness. I know. Here it goes again. Trust me, my situation is different. I have two external drives of which I am having trouble accessing/copying or moving folders to another drive. The error is 'You don't currently have permission to access this folder.'

    And now here is where my situation is different (names changed for security)

    Drives started off on Computer Name: Adam login name: [email protected]
    Computer login changed to [email protected]
    Computer rebuilt and Computer Name: Sprocket login name: [email protected] <------ it was here where I started to have errors of same as above.
    That computer wound up having to have some parts to be replaced.
    Moved two drives to another computer with yet another name of Harkness login name: doctor who
    And now I cant even come closer to accessing above folders, even when making changes in the security tab to Sprocket/[email protected] or [email protected].

    Is there a way to just reset all permissions to zero, sign in as admin some how and reassign all affected folders and hierarchies to the current name and login?
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  2. Try3's Avatar
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  3. Posts : 4
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you. I am trying these now and will report back.

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  4. Posts : 4
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    Quick update. Using the above links, I was able to setup an admin account, and in turn assign rights for each folder and/or picture that allowed me to move pictures from the failing drive to another drive. Now I am running into another issue. Each time I open the folder or files, I am prompted for the admin password that I created. I'd like to get to the point that I can take this drive full of pictures and videos to any computer, and be able to open each file without the need for an admin password every single time. Any suggestions?
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  5. Samuria's Avatar
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    Its likley that every person has the permission set on folders they created so they own them you would need to take ownership of all the folders and sub folders so the ownership would be for you not admin
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    I agree.

    It sounds like you assigned permissions specifically to an admin account instead of all users. You'd need to repeat what you did before but assign permissions for "Users" to
    Read & execute
    List folder contents
    Read
    Write

    Denis
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  7. mngerhold's Avatar
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    midnightatom said:
    I'd like to get to the point that I can take this drive full of pictures and videos to any computer, and be able to open each file without the need for an admin password every single time. Any suggestions?
    Stop using NTFS? If you have space, copy all data to one external drive, reformat the other as eg FAT32 and copy the files over. I believe the latter does not support permissions, so it should become available to all.
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