How to access user directories after a disk is repaired as an external disk on a different PC

Posted on 2012-08-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-17
I attached a crashed hard drive from an old PC via a USB HDD external box and run:

chkdsk e: /f /r

This was successful but now I cannot access the files in the 'Documents and Settings' user directories. I get the message that I don't have permission.

How can I access these user directories.
Question by:Vincent_Monaghan
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    Expert Comment

    You could try taking ownership of the files.

    To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
    Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
    Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
    Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

    The administrator or the administrators group now owns the file.

    Author Comment

    It is not a file. It is a directory, for eg c:\Documents and Settings\John
    I cannot see the files in John because I am denied access. The options when I right-click on John are General; Sharing; Customise none of which allow me to change ownership.

    Author Comment

    Also, I should mention that The OS of both PC's is Windows XP
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    Accepted Solution

    If you don't see Security tab for the properties of files or folders, try:
    1. Open Windows Explorer, and choose Folder Options from the Tools menu.
    2. On the View tab, scroll to the bottom of the Advanced Settings and clear (click) the check box next to "Use Simple File Sharing."
    3. Click OK to apply the change, and you should now have a Security tab when viewing the properties of a file on an NTFS volume.

    Detailed info

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you damjanholsedl

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