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It seems as though there are security or encryption issues with a workstation. There is a lock on folders that are created on the Desktop but not on the Documents directories. Also, in directories that user QBDataServiceUser20 (w07\QBDataServiceUser20) is a granted permissions does not have a lock on it. Some of these directories are located in Documents. If this HDD is encrypted would this cause these thinkgs to occur. How can I tell if its encrypted via Windows 7?

Thanks.

Envir. Win 7 Pro SP1 w/all updates, workgroup
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Cipher command line switches: http://www.computerhope.com/cipher.htm    (U: indicates unencrypted   E: indicates encrypted )
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Encrypted Disk Detector is  a free command-line utility which checks mounted logical volumes to determine if they are encrypted. At the moment it only checks for TrueCrypt, PGP, and BitLocker encrypted volumes.

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/windows-7-encrypted-disk-drive-detector/
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Green files indicates data is encrypted:

Refer for step by step instructions:
http://mintywhite.com/windows-7/7security/encrypt-files-hard-drive-windows-vistaseven/
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by:Diverse IT
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EDD gave this error on HDDs section: Error opening PhysicalDrive0... Error: 5.

But i have no gren files just locks on files. Any idea what is causing this?
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Did you Run as administrator
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by:Diverse IT
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aaa thanks! I am on an admin account so i don't see why i would have to run as admin but it worked. all partitions are running NTSF.
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So what now? Any idea what is causing this lock on the folders?
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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With Total Commander you can list:
http://www.ghisler.com/
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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The reason you are running into the folders with locks on them is because those folders are junction points. A junction point is a folder that allows programs designed for older operating systems to still function correctly with the new folder layout.

 

For example: Documents and Settings has been changed to Users

 

Both Documents and Settings and Users exist as folders, but Documents and Settings is a junction folder pointing to the folder Users.

 

Think of junction points as a redirector.

 

Unfortunately you would run into problem with programs that are not written for the new file system, so it is recommended to not remove the junction point folders.
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Ignore my last comment about the locks. (sorry)

The lock icon is a visual indicator to alert the user that the file has custom security permissions, and that the current user is restricted from performing some operations on that file.

Why you don't have permissions to your own files and folders, I don't know. Normally, your user account should have full access to \Users\username (and similarly "\Documents and Settings\username").

Double-check that you're actually working with the correct profile (and not the profile for another account). If you're not modifying the correct profile, you will encounter the lock icons
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by:Diverse IT
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I don’t understand the point of that link? Why would i need a file manager shareware?

How does this have to do with junction points? I don't have any deprecated apps though - all current. The only connection i see is the user QBDataServiceUser20 (w07\QBDataServiceUser20). Where that user has permissions there is no lock on the directory. That user is created by QuickBooks. That does not make sense to me.
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Dont worry, the Total Commander (shareware) is similar to the Encrypted Disk Detector (EDD).
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by:Diverse IT
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aaa ok. so what will that do? just verify the disk unencryption?
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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The locks are normal in Windows 7. No need to worry about the locks.
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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With Total Commander, you can do a search (ALT+F7) on various attributes of files and folders.

The "encrypted" attribute is one of them.  ( we need this )

For more details:
http://superuser.com/questions/58878/how-to-list-encrypted-files-in-windows-7
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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as per my first comment, cipher  will do the same thing as the other softwares but on command prompt
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by:Diverse IT
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Thanks! your comment with link ( http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/lock-padlock-icon-files-folders-windows-7/  ) answered everything for me. Thanks again.
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