1. Joined : Dec 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       05 Dec 2016 #1

    Recommended ntfs permissions for (internal) _data_ drive?


    I've installed win 10 on my new SSD, c:
    I had a drive in my old computer that has all my data, now d:

    I changed the location of my documents/videos/pictures/music/etc to point to the appropriate d:/users/user/directory/ but immediately had permissions problems.

    I'm logging in with a hotmail account. That account is now the owner of files/folders on the drive.

    When I use a program it invariable cannot save/write new files unless I give the owner modify permissions. This is true for keepass, firefox and photoshop (among the many others I've probably yet to come across)

    I always hesitate when I am having to grant permissions so I ask:
    Is this normal behaviour for data directories? What should the permissions be?

    I want things as safe as reasonably possible.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,556
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       05 Dec 2016 #2

    Did you use the process in File Explorer to change the location of those Folders? I believe there's a Tutorial on this Forum about how to do that. Did you then change preferences/options is the involved programs to point to that new location?

    Tip: when mentioning where a file or Folder is located one would use the backslash \\\\ in the path. That is a standard that goes back quite a ways.
    d:/users/user/directory/
    The forward slash //// is prevalent in URLs/Web addresses.

    I'm reluctant to mention NTFS, usually is the formatting of the drive/s and not a program as we know it.
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  3. Joined : Dec 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       07 Dec 2016 #3

    Hi Berton,

    To change the location of the folders I went to the default location (e.g., c:\users\me\music), right clicked it, chose the location tab, replaced the existing with the new location on d: It appears to work as far as opening the correct directory (with files) when I click one of the default links in explorer.

    Also, I changed the preferences in windows to use "d:"

    Also, yes, I changed the preferences in programs to use the new location.

    Sorry for the forward slashes ... don't know why I did that, I go back quite a ways too (too much linux lately I guess).

    Also, I right clicked the d drive and changed the owner from default (system, I think it was) over to my login user (security>advanced>change owner with checkbox options).

    Lastly, applied modify permissions to the drive for that user (instead of these 4: Read&Execute, List Folder Contents, Read, and Write)

    I have had similar problems in the past with Win7 and have solved it in a similar way ... even though it made me feel a bit insecure making the blanket permission change.

    The drive is primarily data storage: photos and videos I've taken, some music, minimal amounts of documents etc. The exception is that this also contains the 'downloads' directory wherein of course you can fine executables/archives on occasion, which would be executed on install.
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