Unable to access My Docs from external IDE HDD

  Bazzza67 16:14 26 Sep 09


I have a 3.5 IDE HDD from a very old PC, running Windows 98.

Yesterday I purchased an external enclosure. When I insert in the USB socket, the drive was instantly recognised and I was able to access old documents without any problem

I also have another 3.5 HDD taken out of a PC running XP. Although I had problems initially, I have now got my laptop to recognise the extra local drive, and although I can access program files, I am not able to access my documents. Message says "documents & settings is not accessible, access is denied"

Although I have user accounts set up for myself, partner and kids, none are password protected.

How do I get access to my documents, I would imagine there is some administrator setting that needs to be overcome, but how do I do this?

Any help board members can give would be much appreciated


  VoG II 16:23 26 Sep 09

You may need to take ownership click here

  beeuuem 16:24 26 Sep 09

You may need to take ownership of the folder as described click here

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