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    cannot access files on a vista hard drive in a xp machine

    I have a vista hard drive from a machine that will not boot. Having attached the hdd to a xp machine i cannot access the data on it. I get the "access is denied" message. I thought i could reset the ACLs by taking ownership. However the security tab is missing. Any ideas?

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    Can you try booting your XP machine into a live Linux CD, such as Ubuntu? I've managed to recover data in this way and copy it to an external HD.

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    Have you checked to see if you have "Simple File Sharing" enabled on the XP Machine?

    Explorer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> View and it's down near the bottom. If it's ticked, untick it and then you should have access to the Security tab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    Have you checked to see if you have "Simple File Sharing" enabled on the XP Machine?

    Explorer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> View and it's down near the bottom. If it's ticked, untick it and then you should have access to the Security tab.
    Thanks but simple file sharing is unticked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    The tip in there about needing to reboot into Safe Mode to get the Security tab in XP Home is worth remembering!

    (learn something new everyday)

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    As the security tab is missing i am unable to change ownership. (The machine i am working on is a xp pro machine)

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    Quote Originally Posted by projector1 View Post
    As the security tab is missing i am unable to change ownership. (The machine i am working on is a xp pro machine)
    Have you looked at using cacls to force a permissions change?

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