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I have an USB flash drive which can only be read if I logged into Windows XP as an administrator. What can I do so it can also be read when logged as an User or Power User.

Thank you in advance

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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
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Does the user see any drive letter ?
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by:rockiroads
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might be some kind of usb lock on it. if its that much of an issue can you not copy the files onto your c drive (as xp admin), format usb drive then copy again? depending on the lock it might or might not work (formatting that is)
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Dear macga,

I see you have this question posted twice!

I have placed the following answer (ID:33643699) in your first post (ID:26463774):
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check out http://destefano.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/access-denied-windows7/ which describes your problem and the solution thereto.
Alternately also have a look at http://blarts.wordpress.com/2007/12/08/access-denied-when-accessing-usb-drives-in-windows-vista/ (Vista works in that fact the same as Windows 7).
*snip END*

Kind regards,
Soren
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by:macga
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Roads_Roads:No can not see any drive letter

Cheers
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by:macga
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Rockiroads:

Sorry I should have mentioned this is for an office which in term has access restriction for the office staff.

Cheers
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by:rockiroads
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well if there is access restrictions then I am not sure how you can bypass this. maybe start windows explorer (run as on right click) as administrator, would that help?
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by:macga
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Dear slemmesmi,

Althought the recommended article on A DeStefano Blog has a different issue than mine. However since I installed and ran the program "Partition Wizard Home Edition" as an administrator, plug in the USB flash drive, I didn't even run the scan as mentioned in A DeStefano Blog, only executed the program and closed it. Now I'm able to access the USB flash drive as an User or Power User.

Not sure how and why, but as long as it works...

Many thanks for everyone's inputs and suggestions.

Kind Regards

MacGa
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