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Copy Win7 user files from bad system to external drive

Posted on 2014-04-16
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I have a desktop that has problems with the mother board.  I removed the hard drive and have a Sata connector to connect the hard drive via USB.  When I try to copy the files under c:\users\usernames\documents,... etc.  I get permission errors.

Is there an easy way for me to access the data so I may copy it to an external hard driver for backup and copying?
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hi there

are you using another computer to access the external HD which was removed from the desktop having motherboard problem?

if yes, you need to first take ownership before accessing the folders. see below the KB for How To details. it was for XP but still applies to W7.

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

hope it helps,
bbao
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Right click on the folder and take ownership of this folder and subfolders.
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an easy way for this is adding take ownership to your context menu - here all details, and the registry file needed :  http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

you can do this also, by booting from a lix live cd -  no permissions needed !
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Changed ownership and I was in....
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