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Why can't I save anything directly on my external HDD in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit?

Why can't I save anything directly on my external HDD in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit?

For any document that I open on my external HDD (FreeCom ToughDrive) and try to save as, I receive this error message:

http://screencast.com/t/1CxahbS0MWSl

"Access denied."

It has always worked without problems on my old laptop with Windows XP Pro 32-bit, but doesn't work on my new laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

So now when I edit a document that is on my external HDD, I must first save it to the Desktop, then cut and paste to the external HDD.

Wonder what could be the reason for that I have not access to any document when trying to save (goes perfectly fine to open)? And is there any solution to disable this access restriction so that I can save the documents directly to the external HDD (as I could on my Windows XP Pro 32-bit)?
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kristof1104Commented:
check the properties of the file-
sometimes there is a button: "remove block" (don't know the right translation :)
here is a pic:
http://motionsportsoftware.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/blokkering.png

if that isn't the problem, check the user rights of the HD.
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dallensworthCommented:
Check disk management.
1. click on start
2. type administrative tools
3. click on computer management
4. click on disk management
5. the drive you want will show as a "foreign" hdd
6. right click and choose import foreign disk

If that doesn't work check permissions. Win 7 will show you access denied unless permissions for ALL of the following: AuthenticatedUsers, SYSTEM, Administrator & Users is set correctly. You can do this manually by adding these one by one or by formatting the drive.  Set the permissions correctly AFTER taking ownership of the drive.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
dallensworth, I am trying your suggestion now but it takes a long time to change for every file on this HDD (250 GB). I didn't take ownership of it though first, should I cancel the whole process that is going on now: "Permissions for Everyone", "Allow"? And first take ownership of the disk?

There was nothing displayed anywhere the word "Foreign".
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dallensworthCommented:
The easiest method is to move the data somewhere and then format the drive.  That will create the permissions you need with the format - which is of course destructive.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, works fine now to save directly on the external HDD after the permissions were changed! No need to take ownership of the drive.
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