Access is Denied

Posted on 2005-04-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-11

I have “Data” folder in my computer with sharing few users in our network and I have installed windows XP Professional in my system.

Now the problem is I could not do anything in some of the sub folder under the main “Data” folder. When I trying to do anything I am getting the error message as   “Folder is not accessible and Access is denied”
I tried to logon as Domain and Local Administrator and local user also. I installed this Hard Disk as a secondary drive in another system, but there also I am getting same error. When I check the file size of the folder it is showing only 0 files, but I am sure it has lot of files inside. How can I get back my files?

Please expecting your reply.

Thanks & Regards
Question by:pvcdm
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    Expert Comment

    by:Chris Dent
    Hi PV,

    Log on with an administrator on the computer.

    Select the folder you can't access, select the Security Tab, select Advanced and Owner. Select the Administrators group from the list, and tickthe "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" box. Press OK and the owner will be reset.

    The owner is allowed to rewrite the permissions. So, head back to the main Security tab and set the permissions you want.

    If you just want it to use the same permissions as the folder above press Advanced again and select "Allow inheritable permissions from parent to propogate to this object".

    If you don't want the permissions from the folder above select (under Advanced again) "Reset permissions on all child objects and enable propogation of inheritable permissions" which will sort out the permissions on everything below the folder you're fixing.


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    Before you do as Chris-Dent suggests you have to disable simple file sharing  (XP PRO)
    Do this: Click Start -- click My Computer - click the Tools menu - click Folder Options -
    then click the View tab.
    In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
    Click OK


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