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destination folder access denied you need permission to perform this action

Posted: 01-12-2009, 01:04 PM
I've been able to find countless references to the above message but the
situations do not seem to be *exactly* like mine, or the solutions presented
did not work for the original poster.

Here's my saga:

I had an XP machine die on me. There were 3 physical hard drives in there,
and there are things I want to keep from all 3. All 3 were formatted and
populated by the XP machine. I got one of those USB enclosures. I also got a
brand new computer a couple of days ago which is running, of course, Vista.
My first thought was to blow away the O/S and install XP, but was convinced
to give Vista a shot.

I put the old XP boot disk into the enclosure and plugged it into the Vista
machine. I was able to copy over some files from the root of the old dive,
and one entire folder off of the root. I tried another folder off of the
root and could not copy everything in there because of the above message.
The message says that destination folder access is denied, which I doubted,
as I am on an administrator account and it's just a folder, not something
the Windows or Program Files folder. A little research led me to believe
that it was an ownership issue on the source folder and I was able to change
the owner to the Vista account but I still could not copy everything.

I had the same problem when I tried to get stuff out of the "My Documents",
"Favorites" and the like from the old XP drive, which was less surprising.
But still frustrating. Same thing - was able to change ownership but still
unable to copy files.

So my questions are this:

1 - Is there some command, or setting or something, that will allow me to
copy/delete any file I want from these XP drives? Preferably a global one
and not one where I have to do multiple clicks for each folder.

2 - If I get the XP machine running again, will me changing ownership on
those folders/files cause me any grief if these drives are put back in the
XP machine? If so, how can that be rectified?

Thanks for your time and any guidance!


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