Unlocking writed files

Fujitsu Mht2030at 30gb hard drive
December 9, 2009 at 13:45:25
Specs: Windows XP
The screen on my old laptop was fried, so instead of trying to troubleshoot the screen I decided I would take the hard drive out of the laptop and install it in a Hotdrive Mobile 2.5" hard disk adapter. I took this route because it was easier to pull the information of of the disk, particularly iTunes music, and transfer it to my newer laptop. The problem I run into is that my music along with most of the other useful information is stuck in a write-protected folder on the hard drive and I can't directly access it or copy it to anywhere else. Properties say that the file has 0 bytes in it but I am positive the drive is not damaged. How do I go about getting rid of the write-protection so I can access the desired information?

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#1
December 9, 2009 at 14:14:38
Please post any error message(s) displayed. This might be a simple matter of taking ownership of the folder/files on the hdd.

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


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#2
December 9, 2009 at 14:17:50
D:\Documents and Settings\Temie is not accessible.
Access is denied.


... My mother's name is Temie. The old laptop was her computer before mine


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#3
December 9, 2009 at 14:29:49
As already said, you need to take ownership of the folder/files.

LIR


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#4
December 9, 2009 at 15:07:33
I printed off the directions from the site you posted exactly and it still didnt work. I was able to access the writed folder in safemode, but when I attempted to access the folder in the computer's regualr mode it still said I was not able to access it.

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#5
December 9, 2009 at 15:10:21
I don't use iTunes but I'm pretty sure you can't just copy the music files anywhere.

As far as other files go as was stated, you need to take ownership. Go to the link provided above to learn how.


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#6
December 9, 2009 at 15:11:18
Yeah, the ownership will likely do it.

To change attributes, there's nothin' better than attrib.

attrib -r *.*


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#7
December 9, 2009 at 15:23:49
Zach Gaudet
You need to be an administrator level account on your laptop to execute the take ownership routine. Doesn't sound like you are.

Until you successfully execute the ownership routine you will get access denied to the files and folders.

Since it was only the screen damaged you may wish to hook up a monitor to the failed laptop after restoring the drive to it. Once you are logged in you should have no issues getting the files off the laptop.


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#8
December 9, 2009 at 16:45:55
Forgive my ignorance. What is writed files?

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#9
December 9, 2009 at 16:57:15
XpU,

I was afraid to ask.


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#10
December 9, 2009 at 17:19:18
Hi,

If your old laptop was working, except for the screen, reassemble the hard drive, and attach an external monitor.

Most laptops have a function key that allows you to swap the display from laptop screen to external monitor.

Then access and copy your files.

Regards


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#11
December 9, 2009 at 19:36:19
Turns out I could just copy items from my external hard drive to my new laptop in safe mode just by copy and paste. Of course, that was after I took ownership. Although I still can't can't access the certain folder while in regular mode with the hard drive hooked up, but I can manage manipulating the external drive in safe mode. Thanks for the help.

writed I believe is improper English on my part


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