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Drive not accessable-Access is denied

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After installing a new hard drive, I can't access the old one.
"H" is not accessable. Access is denied.
I would prefer not to format it if possible.
 Computer Disk Management
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Can you right mouse click on the drive, left mouse click on properties, click on the security tab, click on advanced, click on the scurity tab, click on the owner tab, click edit, highlight administrators, check "replace owner on subcontainers" and click OK?

That will let you take ownership. You might still have to give yourself NTFS righs but I would start there and see if it will let you accomplish that.
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by:cfourkays
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Thanks for quick reply.
Have already checked Permissions, should have noted in my post Permissions
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  See if you can find the screen about taking ownership. If the ownership is messed up or non existant permissions will be ineffective. Just for grins, on the screen above, what happens if you check the box "replace all child....." do you get a choice to "apply" or OK? What version of Windows is this?
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Windows 7 Pro.

Tried the "Replace all child object...."
Looks like it ran thru all the Windows files but didn't do anything.
I'm going to take it out of the PC and try accessing it with a USB adapter.
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I am thinking I had that exact same problem not long ago. I too am running Windows 7 Pro. It was a USB hard drive one of my customers gave to me. Nothing trick on it. No encryption. It just really suprised me that I got access denied. I think taking ownership did the try. Let me document the steps:

Open My Computer
Right Mouse click on Drive H
Properties
Security Tab
Advanced Button
Owner Tab
Edit Button
Highlight Administrators (ComputerName\Administrators) in the white windows
Check Mark "Replace Owner on subcontainers and opjects"
Click OK

AT that point you might have to re-apply security like we just did above but is should give you access. Try it and let me know....
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Have the drive now running from a USB adapter on another PC.
Drive now "E:"
Here's a snap of it running.
Went thru the disk again with no luck.   Running change
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That is exactly what it should have done. When it was done did you go back and make sure Administrors had full control and relace permissions on child objects? Right back to the top of this thread?
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Sure did.
Here's the result.
Looks same as before.
 After replacing permissions
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    New Computer
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  I am at a loss. It let you take ownership of everything and re-apply permissions with no errors. That should have done the trick. Have you tried accessing it with Windows Explorer as opposed to My Computer?

   What results do you get if you try scanning it with your virus software?
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Tried all that.
Found an old note in my files referring to taking ownership in XP.
First thing it said:
"Boot into Safe Mode......"

 Safe Mode
Moved all the files I have been trying to access.
Can now format and reuse the drive.
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  So going through the above paces in Safe Mode did the trick? I'll have to tuck that in my bonnet :)
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WHEW!
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