Solved how to read FAT files on NTFS computer

December 29, 2011 at 08:56:04
Specs: Windows 64
I have 2 HDs from my old ME computer. My newer computer is XP OS. When I connect the HD via USB, the XP computer will recognize the HD, but won't allow me to access the HD to look at files and folders. Some of the files and folders are hidden (attribute H). Why can't I access the HDs to move or copy the files or folders to my newer XP computer? I have pics and other data I want to save on the newer computer.

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#1
December 29, 2011 at 08:58:40
It's not a NTFS vs FAT issue, it's probably a security issue.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


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#2
December 29, 2011 at 09:05:11
Security issue? How so?

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#3
December 29, 2011 at 09:44:17
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Click the link. You need to take ownership of the files. Either that or slave the HDD directly to the motherboard (no USB).

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#4
December 29, 2011 at 10:55:17
I guess I will have to try slaving the hard drive(s). I can't see that ownership of the files/folders would be a problem because I am the only user of both the new and old computers and the files and folders are only mine from the beginning. Or else I don't understand the "taking ownership" concept and procedure. Thanks for your help.

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#5
December 29, 2011 at 11:07:20
Even though you may have "owned" the files on the old computer, the user name on the new computer is different, even though the name may be the same. The UID connected with each user name will be different and that is what matters.

That is why you cannot delete a user and then recreate it with the same name and expect to see all the old users files. It doesn't work that way, you need to take ownership of the files with the new user name.

It is certainly not a FAT-NTFS issue because all versions of Windows from XP onwards are capable of reading both NTFS and FAT files system. It makes no difference at all which file system the Operating System is installed on.

Stuart


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#6
December 29, 2011 at 12:09:41
Since I cannot access the hard drive, I am unable to click on the file or folder in order to take ownership of the files or folders. Therefore, I guess the option left is to try to slave the hard drives separately and hope for access that way. Thanks

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