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10-30-09, 01:28 AM
I installed windows 7 on a new hard drive to test things out. I have my old hard drive set up as an extra drive. I wanted to access files on the old drive that was on my desktop so I go to D:\Users and when I try to open the folder with my user name its blocked. How can I get to my old files with out booting up the old hard drive and copying all the files in my user name folder to another location like the root.

10-30-09, 08:18 AM
Run command line as administrator:


Linux and Unixish system comes with chmod and other commands to setup/change access permission from command line/shell.

However, when it comes to windows chmod is not available. Windows comes with a special command line utility called CACLS.

You can use it as follows:
CACLS files /e /p {USERNA****:{PERMISSION}


* /p : Set new permission
* /e : Edit permission and kept old permission as it is i.e. edit ACL instead of replacing it.
* {USERNA**** : Name of user
* {PERMISSION} : Permission can be:
o R - Read
o W - Write
o C - Change (write)
o F - Full control

For example grant Rocky Full (F) control with following command (type at Windows command prompt):

C:> CACLS files /e /p rocky:f

Read complete help by typing following command:

C:> cacls /?

Use this to modify permissions. There's an option to inherit the permissions, so it should affect all files. Alternatively, you can pull up Tools -> Folder Options, then uncheck the "User Sharing Wizard" Box under View. Then right click on the folder to change permissions and add your username. Again, you must be admin.

10-31-09, 07:13 AM
Windows seems to say "NO! ..... Oh alright then"

Seems kind of pointless to me.