Need to explore old drive, can't get permissions in Windows 8
yossarian084 Norwich, VT, USA Member
I have a drive that is on its way out and I am using a SATA dock to see the old files on it. Its barely being detected and drops off sometimes, but when I get to the folder I need to open I'm told I don't have permission to open it. I assume this is because it's from my old comp, but how do I overide that? I am on a Windows 8 machine and the disk in question is the boot disk (Windows 7) from an older machine.
Thank for any advice.
http://www.preyerplanning.com/take-ownership-of-entire-hard-drive-in-windows-7.pdf (more detailed version of same info)
I've also occasionally resorted to using Linux boot disc to access data like that and copy it elsewhere.
This the method I have used on failing drives the most.
Create a bootable USB drive using the Knoppix ISO. Boot from the USB drive and copy your stuff off. If you run into problems, install ddrescue (sudo apt-get install ddrescue) and use that to make a disk image which you can mount and copy things off.
Write "Magic Wand" on the side of the USB stick and keep it in your briefcase/backpack/purse/et al.
Can't you just CACLS or takeown the folders?