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windows 8.1 you'll need to provide administrator permission to move this file

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I recently installed a new main hard drive and windows was re-installed (Windows 8.1)

Now many of my files on usb connected hard drives etc. seem to have been "protected" and I keep getting messages like

"windows 8.1 you'll need to provide administrator permission to move this file" when I'm trying to copy or edit them

I tried an internet search that pointed to my antivirus (McAffee) but I could not find a solution there

I also tried to modify permissions and settings on indvidual drives which helped but did not solve the  problem

Anybody have a suggestion - I would guess that its a simple fix in some setting I just cannot find
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If the external drive uses NTFS permissions, then the account SID on those files is probably set to the owner of the OS prior to the reinstall of Windows.

Best thing to do is to go the roof of the external drive (or the root folder containing all of the data) and open the folder properties.

1.  You have to do this on each folder (I don't think you can do it on the drive itself)
2.  Right Click -> Properties
3.  Click the Security Tab
4.  Click the Advanced button on the bottom half of the window.
5.  The second line of the next windows should say Owner: Owner's Name with a Change link next to it
6.  Click Change
7.  Type in the name of the account you are logged in as
8.  Click OK.

Follow the prompts from there.  This will reset the owner on all of the files to be your current account and SID which should alleviate the problems you are having getting permissions to the files.  You may have to additionally go and ensure you have full permissions to the folders after you take ownership as well.

Hope this helps.
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Worked great - thanks
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