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Hi,

I desperately need some help...

I have a brandnew pc, with Windows XP home edition. I restored my backup of user data on a second drive (which I made "My Documents"). Ownership is fine and states my user id on all files.

Now, when I MOVE a file from one directory to another on that drive, no way I can access this file anymore. When COPYING it to the directory, it is no problem, and I can access it.

The problem is, i moved a few thousands of images from one directory to another on the drive, and as you can guess... Can't recuperate them anymore.

I tried booting safe mode, took ownership as administrator, but even then... Access Denied.

Still, when logged on under my own profile, files are my own.

this drives me nuts :(

I looked at Services. Indexing is not running. Something somehow is either locking these files after moving or I miss something altogether. Oh yes, it is Windows XP home edition, SP2. Latest updates installed.

Thanks for any help.

Dodi

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Partly answering my own question. Seems to be related to the difference in security attributes behaviour Windows has when moving or copying files on a volume.

I could give mypc\administrators ownership of the D: drive and all subdirectories on it. since my account is member of administrators, I can now access the files I moved.

But ok, that is not ideal... How on earth to give the entire D: drive back to myself as owner with all privileges. I want mypc\myaccount to be owner of the drive...

Thanks.

dodi

Hi,

I desperately need some help...

I have a brandnew pc, with Windows XP home edition. I restored my backup of user data on a second drive (which I made "My Documents"). Ownership is fine and states my user id on all files.

Now, when I MOVE a file from one directory to another on that drive, no way I can access this file anymore. When COPYING it to the directory, it is no problem, and I can access it.

The problem is, i moved a few thousands of images from one directory to another on the drive, and as you can guess... Can't recuperate them anymore.

I tried booting safe mode, took ownership as administrator, but even then... Access Denied.

Still, when logged on under my own profile, files are my own.

this drives me nuts :(

I looked at Services. Indexing is not running. Something somehow is either locking these files after moving or I miss something altogether. Oh yes, it is Windows XP home edition, SP2. Latest updates installed.

Thanks for any help.

Dodi

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Solved...

Why does Microsoft needs to make things THAT complicated. At least now I know that one has to boot failsafe in order for an account to be able to change the ownership of a drive or folder :( I was looking for the Simple Security option in explorer, but that exists only in XP Pro.

Sigh...

Dodi

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