unaccessible folder

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Good Morning Experts!

I have a users folder on our Public drive that has recently became inaccessible to anyone.

I have even logged on to the server as the administrator, and the administrator has NO access to it.  The problem is, this file has very important documents, and we have NO CLUE how it got to be 'locked'.  

Is there any way to fix this?  Please tell me there is.
Question by:laustandphound
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    Accepted Solution


    Taking ownership should always work, even if access to administrator is explicitily denied, which in your case it shouldn't be.

    "How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP"

    If you can't take ownership and change permissions, you could try to use XCACLS utility to overwrite NTFS permissions.

    "HOW TO: Use Xcacls.exe to modify NTFS permissions"

    In your case you can try with the following command: XCACLS Folder /G /T Administrator:F

    More examples:



    Author Closing Comment

    That did it.

    The files are still missing but it allowed me in so thank you very much!

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