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Okay, due to a computer crash, i had to reinstall Windows XP and now everything works fine. All of the files were saved and no harm done, except for one thing... 80 GB WORTH OF FILES ARE LOCKED INSIDE A FOLDER. The most valuable files locked is the entire My Documents folder which contains every creative thing i have done throughout the years (except for my RPG Maker games which was later found in another folder.) The folder belonged to the former administrator of this computer named HP_Ägaren which was the user overwritten in the process of reinstalling Windows XP. The folders name is basically just HP_Ägaren and is located inside C:Documents and Settings among the other users document folders. When i try to access the folder it simply says "Access denied". One of my friends said that it might be possible to tap into the registry keys and change the right lines of code to unlock the folder again. So, is there anyone who can help me out here? I'm sure alot of artists here also knows the pain of losing years of hard work due to a computer related failure. T_T

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well MS-DOS...you could access your files from there, how I ujst can´t remember the commands and process to do that ...well I think you could open those files if you are the admin, and erase the original one, tho, I don´t remember if the process will delete the files...soo...don´t pay me attention... :repost:

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Try poking around with permissions in the folder. If there's no Security tab, then there's a command for Command Prompt that lets you take over anything you can within a specified directory.

Command Prompt does very little different from Windows Explorer in terms of access, but it makes certain aspects of handling them easier. Other words, you wouldn't be able to open files/folders you haven't access to in Explorer in CMD.

Have you tried typing in the path to one of the files directly? If the problem's just in the folder and not any of its actual contents, then that SHOULD work.

Just for the record, I assume you're Admin, yes?

-Inuyasha

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Try poking around with permissions in the folder. If there's no Security tab, then there's a command for Command Prompt that lets you take over anything you can within a specified directory.

Command Prompt does very little different from Windows Explorer in terms of access, but it makes certain aspects of handling them easier. Other words, you wouldn't be able to open files/folders you haven't access to in Explorer in CMD.

Have you tried typing in the path to one of the files directly? If the problem's just in the folder and not any of its actual contents, then that SHOULD work.

Just for the record, I assume you're Admin, yes?

-Inuyasha

Yes, I'm the admin. :repost: And once i've started the Command Prompt, what lines of code should i type in? "Poking around with the permissions" only made the folder "angrier" and resulted in a self-destruct themed message. >_> (No kidding, it could delete itself, and i don't want that...)

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oaky, if youre the admin, heres what you do

Left click on it, click proporties, security

Make shure there is nothing in deny checkboxes, and make sure your name is in the admin list.

also, the main permissions section in the control panel can be adjusted.

and yes, you can fiddle with the registry, but you mess up your permissions system doing it, i think.

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This is too important to do yourself I believe. Since you might damage the contents of the files by fiddling with DOS stuff. I would make a copy of that huge file onto another hard drive, and then send off the drive to a data recovery specialist. There's probably one in your town.

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Guest Mithos Kionisu

Ive got a program that extracts files from disks and hard drives enev after reformating, it should do the trick, I'll send it to you when I get my computer back tomarrow

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This is too important to do yourself I believe. Since you might damage the contents of the files by fiddling with DOS stuff. I would make a copy of that huge file onto another hard drive' date=' and then send off the drive to a data recovery specialist. There's probably one in your town.[/quote']

Already tried that, it refused to let itself being copied.

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Yeh, if you can't read, you can't copy, either.

I'll look up the command. I remember it was something weird....

Edit//Here we go:

cacls "C:Documents and Settings<username>My Documents<foldername>" /G <username>:F /C

This'll make it try to grant you full control to the dir.

Edit2//OK, I tested it out, and it'll do ANYTHING as long as you're owner.

-Inuyasha

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Yeh, if you can't read, you can't copy, either.

I'll look up the command. I remember it was something weird....

Edit//Here we go:

cacls "C:Documents and Settings<username>My Documents<foldername>" /G <username>:F /C

This'll make it try to grant you full control to the dir.

Edit2//OK, I tested it out, and it'll do ANYTHING as long as you're owner.

-Inuyasha

Thanks, i'll try that when i get back home. :wink:

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Does that mean i'll switch the first address to something like "C:Documents and SettingsHP_Ägaren" since that's the folder that won't unlock? >_>

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If that's the name of the folder.

The synatx is like this:

cacls filename /G user:perm /C

Where filename's the path to the file, /G is one of the commands, taking a a user username and a letter perm representing the permission to grant (F, R, W, C, N), and the /C tells it to continue regardless of Access Denied errors.

It's nifty if you screw up somewhere, but as I said, you MUST be owner for it to work. Or at least be able to change permissions.

For example, since I'm only a user, and thus can't touch any Documents And Setting folder aside from my own and the all users folder, I CAN take full control of my own folder, but not the All Users because I can't modify anything in it.

Now I can't wait until school starts to test this out on some of their servers ! :wink:

-Inuyasha

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Man, I have seriously no idea of what i'm even supposed to begin with when I've opened the Command Prompt. Everything here is just so confusing. :-/ Could you make something like a step-by-step tutorial?

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Just type in the following:

cacls "C:documents and settings<username>My documents" /G <username>:F /C

This one's a bit simpler, but just replace <username> with whatever user you login as, and it should do all it can. It'll just try and grant you access to everything in the My Documents folder for your user, which includes your broken folder, if I'm not mistaken.

-Inuyasha

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Well, that's the problem....you see the broken folder isn't in the My documents folder, and it doesn't allow itself to be moved. >_> It's just inside the Documents and Settings folder right next to the other users My Documents folders.

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Oh.

"My Documents" and a user's "Documents and Settings" folder are two completely different things. My Documents' just a default place to put stuff. A Documents and Settings folder holds settings, configs, and other user data, such as your desktop and things.

I'll assume you're speaking of the latter. Are you running on an NTFS drive?

-Inuyasha

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Oh.

"My Documents" and a user's "Documents and Settings" folder are two completely different things. My Documents' just a default place to put stuff. A Documents and Settings folder holds settings, configs, and other user data, such as your desktop and things.

I'll assume you're speaking of the latter. Are you running on an NTFS drive?

-Inuyasha

Yes, it's an NTFS. (Running with WinXP Professional if it matters. >_>)

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Ooo...that could cause some problems...

Well, you're admin, so it -might- not cause problems, but I'm not sure. This's a different problem for me...

Have you tried the command yet? You could just change it to try to take control of everything in the Documents and Settings folder by lopping off part of the filepath I gave....

Actually, you should try this:

cacls "C:documents and settings<brokenFolderName>" /G <yourUsername>:F /C

If it doesn't work, then lopping off the "<brokenFolderName>" wouldn't help....

-Inuyasha

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Thanks man! It worked. ^_^ Now that i have access to that folder, i can process the rest of the directories inside it. Thanks a bunch! :evil:

EDIT: Hmm, that's odd... I tried the command for unlocking but even in the Command Prompt the other directories gave me Access Denied. >_>

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The folders inside HP_Ägaren. They give me the same message as before. >_>

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Yes, if you used the "/c" at the end and it still does that, then I don't think you've got much of a choice.

Have you tried to open stuff in the folders directly? That'd mean there something in the folders themselves that's not inherited or being inherited, which'd also be odd....

But, for now, try Mithos's program. Dunno what it is, but there's not much left.

-Inuyasha

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