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Saving to hard drive from old Windows 7 machine fails with permission error

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I took a secondary hard drive from an old Windows 7 machine and installed it in a new Windows 7 machine.  When I try to save a Word doc to this secondary hard drive on the new machine I get the message: "You don't have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission."

I have tried several things in the Security tab Advanced button section on the drive's Property window to change the owner to my user and give it all rights to this drive but it still doesn't like to save to folders on this drive.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Lower down the UAC setting by going to -control panel- user accounts- change user account control- lower the slider to never notify and then click ok. Now try to copy the files.



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Ded9,

Changing the UAC settings didn't make any difference.  I didn't expect it to because it is not just a warning message but rather it WILL NOT let me save the file to the drive at all.

I think it has to do with the drive and its contents have had some settings set by Windows 7 that lock it to the user on the old Windows 7 machine.  I have run into something like this before where a hard drive from one machine will not allow saving of files when connected to another machine.  I think this has to do with Windows 7.  I don't recall having this problem with hard drives from Windows XP machines.

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Reset security settings by running subinacl

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2006/09/04/739820.aspx


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any reason you just don't format that disk?   then all problems will be gone.
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Copy the files to your primary (system) disk and format the disk.
Although, if you took ownership of the whole disk and then in the advanced properties selected to 'replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object'.
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Have you tried to take ownership for the folders to be used by the new user?
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