Solved Transferring files with user protection

February 26, 2012 at 19:53:01
Specs: Windows XP
I am helping a friend recover files from a dead computer. One of the dead computers problems is not accepting UI through the keyboard or mouse. So, I took the HDD out and put it in a USB enclosure. Found the files and all OK, but upon trying to move them to his new computer, I am finding that many of them were protected somehow. In some cases the folder looks like it was zipped, but I took ownership of the folder and could open it. But, I am also finding there are word docs that are protected as well. When I try to copy them, I am told I don't have permission. Is there a way to remove the protection en masse? Doing it one at a time sucks and I am concerned that my friend will later not be able to access them because I took ownership (he will have to go through all the hassle I did). OR, will I need to reinstall the HDD in the old computer and find a way to access them through the user accounts so they can be transferred?

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February 29, 2012 at 10:47:41
It sounds like you just need to take ownership of the files. See THIS MSKB article.

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#1
February 27, 2012 at 08:04:22
What operating system was in use on that hard drive?

What are the attributes associated with the files?

Right click on a file and choose properties to view the attributes.


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#2
February 27, 2012 at 08:18:43
Is the "dead computer" a laptop or netbook, or a desktop computer ?

If it's a laptop or netbook, ask the owner if any of these things apply:

Since it last worked properly, have you, or is it possible anyone else who has had physical access to this computer - dropped it, or otherwise subjected it to a physical jolt ?
- spilled liquiid on it, or exposed it to liquid such as rain, or sprayed it with liquid ?

Has there been a power failure event, or lightning strikes in your region, since it last worked properly, while the AC adapter was plugged in ?

Any of those things is a lot more likely to cause damage to your computer that requires that something inside of it must be replaced.
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If it's a desktop computer, try connecting the power supply from a working computer.
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#3
February 27, 2012 at 09:27:13
You are running into protected files, because it recognizes you are not the owner/creator of the files and they may have been in a private account....in any event I use a data recovery program....then I avoid all that jazz.....maybe try a good free one like PC files inspector.......maybe an extra step, but you won't into those problems with recovery software.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...


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February 27, 2012 at 21:14:01
Hi everyone - thanks for the responses. Here are the answers to your questions

- The drive was running XP professional
- not sure what you mean by attributes. The files range from Word documents to different types of photos
- It's a desktop, there was no power strike issues, but the HDD is at max capacity.
- "dead" was a relative term. The boot sector is messed up and it keep launching a virus. The machine was so old, my friend took this as a sign to upgrade
- I don't have an extra power supply so I don't think using an alternative one is an option.

HopperRox: I'll check out the link you gave me. If I understand correctly, you are telling me that I can try something like PC Files Inspector and that will wipe any ownership tags that are preventing me from accessing the files?

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#5
February 29, 2012 at 07:37:41
It all depends what windows are you running,not the drive that you are trying to access..because there is different ways of accessing the premissions ...
If you are able to tell me i will gladly give you the answer.

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February 29, 2012 at 10:47:41
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It sounds like you just need to take ownership of the files. See THIS MSKB article.

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