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Access Files On An Old Hard Drive after Putting in a New Hard Drive

Are you having problems accessing the My Documents files on an old hard drive you have set as a slave on a new computer? Or can you not access your old hard drive after you have installed a new hard drive and keeping the old drive as a secondary drive. Or maybe you just want to save your files from an old drive after XP has failed or if you have bought a new computer, if you want to use this option you will need to set your old drive as a slave and hook it up to a spare cable and power supply inside your tower.

  • Open Folder Options in Control Panel, go to the view tab, under "hidden files and folders" put a dot in "show hidden files and folders" and ignore any warning. Then under the advanced, take the tick out of "Use simple file sharing [Recommended]". This will now show the security tab in folder properties and allow you to access hidden folders too (This step is usually enough to sort the access sharing problem, if it doesn't then continue with the next steps below)
  • Open My Computer to view your hard drives > right click the drive (probably C or D) you want to be able to access the documents on > select properties > select security tab > then click the advanced button > select Owner tab > select your current user profile and put a tick in "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" box at the bottom.
  • Now go to the Permissions tab > select the SYSTEM entry and press edit and under "Full control" put a tick in Allow and then press ok.
  • Now go to the Permissions tab again > select the Administrator entry and press press edit and under "Full control" put a tick in Allow and then press ok.
  • Now go to the Permissions tab again > select your own account this time and press edit and under "Full control" put a tick in Allow and then press ok.
  • Now go to the Permissions tab again and put a tick in "Replace permission entries..." box at the bottom of the box and click OK. (It will take a few minutes to change the permissions and ownership on every file on the drive). When it gets to some subfolders that it cannot access it will ask you if you want to give yourself full permissions click yes.
  • Do these steps for all drives that you cannot access and you should then have full access to all the files on any drive you have on your system.