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I just got my new Seagate 320GB from newegg and after fighting with it a bit to get it installed and formatted correctly (and trying to get my network adapter to work all day) I have encountered a new problem.

 

I guess my whole idea was a little half baked to begin with but I had 2 maxtors that weren't performing very well. One was a system drive and the other was storage, both 200GB. I planned on installing this new 320GB seagate, putting XP on it and then copy over the files I need from the 2 older drives, and then eventually when I get around to it, format those 2 and make them a striped RAID array for extra storage. Heres the problem though (that I should have forseen).

 

I think the majority of the files on the old C: drive are locked for me. I guess everything owned by my old user account. This is obviously a problem because a good amount of my files are on there and I can't copy over what I need to my new hard drive.

 

Now presumably, this drive is untouched and still has windows installed. Still, I'm very reluctant to just unplug the seagate and unlock these files. The first reason is that I know XP is picky and I am forseeing all sorts of problems when my system just got used to booting from my seagate and now will be going back to the maxtor temporarily. Also, if it did work, I'd have no idea how to give MYSELF the proper permissions).

 

Any ideas?

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Guest Kobalt

If you install the OS on the new drive, then you plug in the old drive, you should still be able to access the files. There really is no 'lock' on files (unless you used some kind of 3rd party utility). Since you are the admin, you got full control, and you can change permissions if you want. But that is not needed in 99.9999% of the cases.

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The old drive is plugged in, but are you saying I need to boot to that drive? I'm not entirely sure how to set permissions in XP, but I found it strange that it was telling me access was denied, since I'm an administrator, but the account on the old installation of windows (on the maxtor) was administrator too.

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