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File Permission Settings for External Drive

Question: File Permission Settings for External Drive

I think I've screwed myself up into a corner. I really need help as Google is not bringing up anything that might help.
What happened is I tried to adjust the security setting for my whole external hard disk.
I have the admin rights to my computer and wanted to restrict a user to be able to read and execute only. I right clicked the drive (L:\) and adjusted the EVERYONE group.
What I didn't know was EVERYONE included the admin too. So now I've blocked myself from editing the files and folders in the external. Now I see all accounts have the special permission part unticked.
And if I check the properties of a folder in the hard disk I see an account with the special permission allowed
In a fit of panic I accidentally removed the account with special permission privilege from my hard disk properties so I don't see it when I check the properties of my hard disk but I can see the account when I check the properties for the individual folders.
For awhile I had access denied when I tried to enter the drive but now I can enter but still am restricted (can't delete folders, etc)

How do I rectify this mess I'm in?

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Answer: File Permission Settings for External Drive

Through further googling, I've discovered 'taking ownership' so it's all settled now.
Admins, you can close this thread

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Dear Forum,

I am currently trying to move files and folders to my 1TB External Hard Drive (Seagate) - for reasons known to some members of this forum.

I am gaining the message 'File Access Denied' when I move mostly Adobe files to my external hard drive.

I am going to try and go through and see if I have taken the steps on taking Ownership - incorrectly and I do not know how to fix it.

The recycle bin has an error on it as I took the permission on the folder on the external hard drive 'It says that is corrupt'.

I am a total mess and unsure about the settings.

I know that this is mainly a Windows 7 Forum - but I wish just to see if someone would be able to assist me

Answer:Recycle Bin Corrupt and Permission settings confusion - external hdd

Did you mess around with permissions only, or did you change owner as well?
Please post permissions of F:\ as it is now.

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I have been going nuts with this. For the past 3 days I have been getting messages saying I do not have permission to write in directories where I am listed as the owner. I have ensured that the users MyuserID, Administrators, and SYSTEM all have Full control over the directory. I have also made sure that the parent directories also give these users full control. I could live with this and just escalate my privileges each time I create a file. However I run some apps that need to write into some of these directories and they cant. I have checked that the application process is run under my userID and has the need permission, however it still can not write to these directories.

Is this a known bug that has recently been created? Is there some new Group or User that needs to be given permission to modify the directory. This seems to be a problem on some machines, but not others. Any help would be much appreciated. Since this just started without any changes by me, I am assuming that some Windows update is the cause.

Answer:File and Dir security permission settings not taking effect

Welcome to the Ten forums.

Have you check your Update history. Are any updates failing?

While I can't comment on known bug, others may have more info, do you have restore points enabled? If so would you consider invoking system restore as you seem to have a handle on when it started.

Obviously updates will simply re-initiate. You may consider changing what updates you receive. Make it just windows and do not included other products (ie., drivers). This will rule out drivers or "Other" patches.

Do you use any software to Image your OS / Data? If not, a number of individuals on this forum recommend Macrium Reflect. You may also want to review the tutorial section. Macrium is free to home users. It is easy to use and can quickly get you back to a known working system.

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So recently had my old Windows 7 desktop crash on me. Got a new Windows 8 desktop and since then have gotten an external enclosure to try and scrap the files off of the old hard drive, but when trying to connect the Drive into the new computer I get this issue >> 406da2a65a966887ab9d90c8eaf63677.png >> cfe542bf267bd7d2e3d07b5d317c97f4.png I have tried many troubleshooting options and everytime I try to change permission I just get this error message. a66c2f145769b4fdc1c99b4efc8356a4.png >> b95f4478b90c4265e3eba041043caf3a.png

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Trouble getting permission into my External Drive

Update::: Was finally able to get into the drive, now the issue is getting permission for the folders >> 7fa9d7aa7d9a9bba85d8202306cc5809.png

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Hello, I converted my old desktop hard drive into an external hard drive for my laptop. The old desktop ran on XP (if that matters).

My new laptop is Windows 7.

When I plugged in the external hard drive, I tried to access the folders and got "permission denied". After looking online I found out that I need to become the owner of the new files/folders in order to set permissions.

I went into Start > Computer > right click on E: drive (E: is the name of the external HD)

Clicked on Properties > Security > Advanced > Owner tab. Now I initially selected "my computer"\Administrators as the owner. Checked "Replace owner on subcontainer and objects"

I then tried to access the folder and was denied. So I repeated the steps and made my username as the owner.

I also went in and gave myself full access to the folders.

Now it is hit or miss. Some folders are OK to go into, some still require me to become owner.

I cannot access any of my files, unless I go in one by one and give myself "full permission".

I have thousands of files on my hard drive, and I really don't want to go in one by one to set my permissions.

Am I missing anything? Is there any ownership or permissions that I can set at the top level and have it go all the way to the files?

Thanks in advance (I hope I gave enough information, but if not, please ask.)

Answer:Do not have permission on external hard drive

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I have a 1TB backup external hard drive It has a windows live onecare backup of 275GB on it plus other copies of files so there is only 304 of 931 GB free. It was on XP but computer now win 7 home premium which wont backup a 300Gb chunk from my new internal 1TB disc. Says not enough room

When i try to delete the old 275GB onecare[discontinued] backup I get permission denied. How do i get rid of this permission stuff on my own computer.


Answer:Permission problem External backup drive

Welcome to TSF!

May just need to take ownership of the file/folder to give yourself access. Option two in this guide is the one I would try first:
How to Take Ownership of an object in Vista/Windows 7

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Hi there,

I recently backed up all my data onto an external drive before factory resetting my laptop. However now when I try and access the files on the external I get a message saying the following:

Now I have been able to remove this message for the initial folder, however all subfolders and files then give me the same message.

I have tried right clicking the folder > properties > security and then adding my new user to the permissions list and clicking all the check boxes below but however this only works the the current folder and no subfolders.

Looking for a way to avoid having to do this 1000 times.

Answer:Denied external drive permission after factory reset

Are you on an administrator account? If not, getting on one should probably fix that problem.

Also try disabling UAC. Go to Start and click on your user picture in the top right of the start menu. From that window, click on Change User Account Control settings.Drag the slider all the way down and restart your computer to get it to turn off.

If none of this helps, try accessing your hard drive with your computer in safe mode.

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My laptop mobo fried and I took out the HD to retrieve the data. I hooked it up via usb to a desktop. I can access the drive but when I get to my user folder it won't allow me access saying I don't have permission to access it

How can I get access? It won't let me change the sharing option.
the OS on the drive is WIn7 Home Premium


Answer:Solved: External drive permission problem: can't access

You have to take Ownership of the folders, see this Microsoft site on how to do that:

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I have been using a Samsung 3TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive with my Windows 7 laptop for a year with no problems. After a scan and fix I no longer have permission to open folders. I have checked I still have have Administrative status. External hard drive works OK on a Windows 8.1 device I have.

Even if the device is at fault - which seems unlikely - how can I stop Windows 7 withholding permission from an Administrator?

Answer:No permission to open External drive folders when I am Administrator

That unfortunately is one of the quirks of windows 7; even if you are admin; it will still not let you have access to certain folders and or drives as thats what is set to install as default. So if you dont change the permissions and or group policies then it wont let you have access. In order to fix this you have to go into the administrative section of the control panel and then check the permissions and group polices and make not just your user name a member of the administrator group but also check to see what permissions are set for admin.

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Hi! I do not know when and why did this happen but whoever invented this paranoid (hidemysecretsfrommywife) control system of sharing and permissions should be declared as the Enemy of Mankind, or the Antichrist!
I can understand that one wants to protect C: from malwares. But have you seen a malware attacking an external drive???

I have Windows7, I have an external drive where I store all my pictures taken and my music files. I already tried everything advanced sharing and so on. Still: I can only create a new folder with a right click in the drive or inside existing folders but I can not do anything else. The disk is write protected, check write permissions.
In fact, the disk isn't write protected.

If I create a new folder, I can put in it and do whatever I want inside the new folder. But I have no permission to do anything outside a new folder, i.e. with my original media files!

Why? Who does benefit from this? What is this craziness???

Answer:[SOLVED] No permission to create/ move, copy, delete files in external hard drive

Hi akofalvi.

Try this:

1. Start > Run "cmd" (this opens a command prompt window)
2. type--> diskpart (this will open another command window in a few seconds)
3. type--> list volume (this will list all of the volumes currently recognized in your system)
4. type--> select volume # (this number is going to be your external drive)
5. type--> attributes disk clear readonly

I will say this: this procedure has been met with mixed results and your problem may return. Some have even had this issue and it turned out to be a setting in Windows Media Player of all things (whoda thunk?) One responder in a forum had this to say about this very problem: what i found to fix this was to remove the settings in media player allowing it to re-organize and rename files, after which i went to the tools/advanced/restore media library and allowed it to dump my current library and reset it. That's just an FYI.

I hope that'll help. Let me know.

Good day!


PS: As an afterthought, you may need to log in to the REAL administrator account (which needs to be activated manually) and set your permissions there for your regular user name. We'll go down that path if the above procedure doesn't net you anything positive.

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My resumes and letters are saved on a usb portable device that is only half utilized. I was trying to do a save as on a resume file and I got the message; cannot save due to file permission error. I got this message while using both a friend's computer and the library computer. What is the problem? Is it my portable device, or something else? I use the save as menu option alot to customize my resumes and cover letters. Everyone uses the XP operating system.

Anyone's help would be much appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your time and effort.



Answer:USB portable drive: File permission error

How large is the device? How is it formatted?

Can the file be saved elsewhere?

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This is a new computer. I connected to external USB drives to this computer. One is a traditional 1TB hard drive and the other is a 240 gb ssd drive. My problem is that on the traditional drive, I can not access one of my files. On the SSD drive, I can see the drive listed by can not access. I get a message that states I do not have permission to access. These work fine on my old HP computer but for some reason do not work on this new machine. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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I am receiving the following error in the Event Viewer from the source DistributedCOM (Windows 8.1 64 bit) :
The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID class identitification
 and APPID identification
 to the user Lenovo\Ewa with security identification SID
(S-1-5-21-1287633286-651115146-4152900111-1001) from the address LocalHost (using

LRPC) acting in the application container with identity SID
This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.
It regards Zinio Reader application.
Please advice how can I fix the problem.
Thanks and best regards, Ewa

Answer:The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID

Hi Ewa,
It's just a example instead of your real ID.
The ID of yours {316CDED5-E4AE-4B15-9113-7055D84DCC97} must be in that list. Have you attempt to find it?
I have search it on my lab computer(Windows 8.1)as below:
Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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Hi ,How are you. I get this error over and over again in the Event Viewer:

1203 - Description              : The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID

                                   and APPID

                                   to the user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE SID (S-1-5-19)
from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

Could you tell me exactly... Read more

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i have a software that need to create  a file  and access it in drive C when run
but when i need to run whit a local users or domain users , this software not run
please help me  to obtain a way that users permission can create a file in drive C

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hi all

i m managing file server on windows 2003 server. in a directory i want to give all permission except file or folder delete permission to domain user.

please make reply as soon as possible.

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I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

Answer:how do I get "permission to access a folder" on an external hard drive

Originally Posted by rosemaryheller

I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

One tutorial that might help you :
Permission : note - it applies to both Vista and Win 7
Sharing and Permissions - Windows 7 Forums

By the way, is this the message you saw ?

If yes, what would happen if you clicked Continue ?

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Can I make a external HDD a NAS drive through XP settings?

Answer:Can I make a external HDD a NAS drive through XP settings?

Share the drive or folders on the drive.

Right click the drive/folder->Properties->Sharing tab. Since its XP I don't think you have to set up permissions (at least when sharing folders), just enable file sharing and create share name(s) and the shared drive/folders will show up on the network.

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Have looked at the other postings about Windows 7 and "You need permission" - this one seems new. I have a laptop and a desktop both running Windows 7, both part of HOMEGROUP.

The desktop has two hard drives (C and D), both shared with full access to EVERYONE.
I can see both but can only update the D drive on the desktop from the laptop. When I try any update (new folder, copy a new file in, etc.) to the C drive, I get the "You need permission" error.

Have tried turning off sharing then turning back on for the C drive and have compared the sharing between C and D - they appear identical. Snipit of C drive permission attached. Any thoughts or ideas on what else to try would be appreciated.

Answer:You need permission - happening on networked drive that has permission

Rather than sharing form the root of the C: drive you should be sharing from the C:>Users folder instead. This is the default setting for Windows and there are many good reasons for this.

For networked drives that were created under a different User name you would also need to allow for sharing using the "Security" tab of the C: drive. The link below shows you how.

You can also set this drive share up at the C:>Users location if desired.

HDD sharing

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I recently got an external ssd and I'm now thinking of putting my current, four year old os, on it. however, it's a little bloated with programs, videos and driver updates; moreover some of my drivers don't work properly anymore causing me to BSOD when I run certain programs. I wan't to keep all my stuff on my C drive and have the factory version of windows on the SSD.

If It helps my Computer is a Toshiba satellite P755-S5390

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I upgraded to a bigger HDD and rather than cloning a few possible problems, I started fresh with a new install of Windows, ran all the updates, installed all the drivers, reran a number of updates, installed most of my programs, and ran Windows update yet again to the tune of about 180 total updates.

Anyway, sometime in all that, I forgot a few folders and files that were on the old drive. I tried to attach it and could view my old folders but could not open them, so I took out the new HDD, replaced it with the old, booted, and copied what I needed to yet another external.

I ended up doing that twice, and again, found out I need a setting and a possible document I had stored which I forgot about. I'm tired of taking the laptop and enclosure apart swapping drives, and my new install is running fine and don't want to mess it up.

Is there a program or LiveCD that will allow me to view and copy folders and files on the old HDD?

Answer:Copying files, settings from old C drive in external enclosure.

OK, I was able to use a PartedMagic CD and get what I needed, with only one hiccup.

I maintain two websites for a couple hiker get-togethers, and one of the files I 'rescued" was a sm.dat file for CuteFTP. So now I have the ability to log on to either site using CuteFTP. Problem is with Dreamweaver. I know the password for my own site, but the other site I maintain for a friend and she's a ditz and never saved her password.

Both sites are hosted by another friend on his server, who originally assigned the user names, passwords etc. but he's slow to answer emails to get the password from him.

Guess it's back to google to open and read a dat file.

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I have two external drives that I'd like to share. I have them mapped as an X: and Y: drive.

I go into advanced sharing settings > permissions, and add Full Control for the group "Everyone".

I hit apply and it looks fine and dandy.

When I reboot my machine the sharing settings are lost.

When the computer initially starts up Auto Play opens for both drives. Not sure if this has anything to do with it though.

Any ideas on how to get my sharing settings to stick for both externals?

Answer:External drive losing sharing settings on reboot

Have a look here.
Antivirus software may cause Event ID 2011

and if that doesn't help you can try manually altering the registry to be persistent through reboots.
Same problem, but solved after below registry value change - CNET Computer help Forums

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I have a WD 120gb pocket harddrive that I ran the defragging program through. I found it shut down midway through defragging process. Now when IO try to open it, aUTORUN.N fiel appears. I have tried disk manager, the trouble shooter,to no avail. There is stuff on the trouble shooter that I don't understand,so the answer may be there.

I ran a crapcleaner brand file cleaner thru it the day before. Did I remove something with the cleaner that I needed to open this file?

Thanks for any input,for I have original content on that disk I really don't want to lose. Chip

Answer:aUTORUN.N file. This file will not let me open my external hard drive

Welcome to TSF....

What is the make and model of the pocket drive?

What defrag program did you use on this pocket drive?

When it stopped defraging in the middle of the job where there any error messages/

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My laptop recently died and it turned out the hardrive had come lose. I plugged it back in but now when it tries to boot up it keeps trying to do a system repair. The system repair keeps reporting that it cant find any faults, but wont fully load windows. I think I need to repair the windows files on the drive.

To try and rectify this, Ive took the laptop hardrive out, plugged it into my PC, and run chkdsk on it which found some faults and said it resolved them. Id now like to run sfc /scannow on the drive.

Im using this in the command line 'sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows' where d is the external drive but it comes up saying "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation"

Any ideas how to get by this?


Answer:using sfc /scannow on external hard drive to restore windows settings

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After Transferring file from Seagate External drive to flash drive 16G. (Verbatim)

I can't remove hardware device on Verbatim Flash drive to remove it.

Even after I close all the files, folders and programs in my computer.
It won't say "safe to remove device".

I have to switch off the computer to remove the flash drive.

Is this normal or what ?

If not what can be the problem ? I can fix ?

Is it safe to remove device even if I can't disable the usb flash drive ?
I closed all the files, fodlers and programs before I remove.


Answer:Transferring file from Seagate External drive to flash drive

The computer may still be saving data to the Flash. Or it is caught in ROM. If your certain the transfer is complete, you can pull the drive. You may want to do a Check Disk on the Flash Drive to make sure it is in good order.

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.
So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.
So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?
Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not file after ... Read more

Answer:save file on external drive not the same as internal drive

Dear pintree3,
I've noticed that you posted the same "verbatim" in with no answer forthcoming!
external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive - Tech Support Guy Forums

Can you please bring more clarity to your query? That will start the juices running in all of us here to ponder and post. Sorry if i sounded rude.


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While my WD Portable External Hard Drive was connected to my work computer, I changed the permissions on a particular folder so that only I had access to it. (I was lending it to someone else but didn't want then to have access to this particular folder).

2 hours later I was told my services were no longer required, pack up all my things and leave. Unfortunately, I forgot to reset the permissions before I left, and now when I try to access the folder on my home PC, I get 'Access Denied'.

I realise it was stupid to mess about with the permissions (especially when I don't know that much about them), but is there anyway to take ownership of this folder to gain access to the contents?

Both work and home PC are XP. Work is 64 bit. Home is 32 bit. Permissions were set up on work PCs, but not on home.
And no, there's no chance of me gaining access to my work PC again.

Answer:Need to Override Permission Settings

Did you adjust the permissions or did you try taking Take Ownership of the folder

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I backed up a files on an XP machine to an external drive. When I try to copy them back to a newly installed XP install on the same machine I get the following message:
"you do not have permission to view or edit the current permission settings" it then states the name of the file.

What can I do to to copy these files (mainly .jpegs) to the hard drive?

Thanks for looking.

Answer:Solved: Permission settings

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Basicly, I changed my Vista settings on the c drive - security so that everything had permission. I thought it would help me install lol. I have managed to install stuff now,but I want to change it back to the default - but I don't know what these are, can anyone tell me? Is it unsafe to have it all set to allow?

Thank you!!!

Answer:Vista permission settings;en-us;313222

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How the hell do I turn off all the annoying Vista pop-ups always asking my permission every time I tell it to do something? I know there is a way because I did it on my previous install I just can't for the life of me remember where that was.

Answer:Vista Permission Settings?


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I am trying to set my folder permission settings on XP Pro. If I take away someones ability to delete they can no longer rename a folder. How do I enable someone to create and rename both folders and files, but not delete them. Thanks.

Answer:Folder permission settings.

I have these basics down.

It seems that when a new file is renamed, the phrase "New Folder" is actually being deleted, thereby requiring "Deletion" capability. But a user can also delete anything else with this permission, which is bad news. Is there away around this bug?

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I'm not griping this time!

I've set up a limited account on my computer, and when I was testing it out, I noticed that I was able to manipulate the settings to the anti-virus program that's installed. How do I, using my administrator account, prevent the limited account from messing with it? I've hidden as many folders as possible, but the task bar icon is still visible and I can't hide it. And I can't right-click the task bar icon and mess with the security settings that way.

Answer:User account permission settings


The problem is more with your Internet Security software than with Vista. If you make the files for the Internet Security software inaccessible to a limited user - that software might not work properly for that user. Most Internet Security software (i.e. Norton, McAfee) allows you to install parental controls and give you the ability to control WHAT Windows users can or cannot do (including the manipulation of the software's settings).

What Internet Security Software are you using? Have you installed parental controls? Did you install the software while logged in as "Administrator"?

Let me know and I can probably offer more assistance.

- John

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Is there a way I can restore the default permission settings on a hard drive. I have two drives my master which Vista runs on, and a secondary drive, with all my audio and video files I use for all my editing, plus my photos and music. I was messing around with the premission settings, and I am set as an Adminstrator, but now all my files are not accessible, I have tried to do a million things but I have to click so many windows just get to a file to use. Is there anything I can do to get back to the orignal settings!

Thanks a ton!

Answer:Messed up my Permission Settings on Vistax32

Try using system restore to reset the settings. If not, create a new user account with administrator priveleges and delete the old one.

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As a less than knowledgeable computer user I stupidly changed my User "Permission Allow" check marks. I now get a "failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access denied." Of coarse I didn't write down what was originally checked off in the "Allow" box.

Would there be a listing of default settings so I can recheck the 3 categories and boxes within them to original. "System", "My Name With email address", and "Administrators"?

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I am trying to boot from a external CD drive that is connected to my Toshiba labtop.Problem: I am unable to boot the CD.Details: When the external is connected to the labtop via USB 2.0, I get a black screen with a blinking underscore. (at most i waited 2 mins, got impatient so didnt fully wait to see if it would disappear) When it is then unplugged the black screen goes away and it becomes normal. Thus I am able to see the "press f2 for boot options" press f12 for boot menu".When I try at this point and connect the external cd drive to the labtop during the bios setup i get 3 options;HDD, FDD and lan.

Answer:Boot from External CD Drive (ISO file)

That means it's an older laptop that does not support booting to a USB device.What are you attempting to fix on this PC ? ?...perhaps there's another method.

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Just started using a Lacie 160GB External Drive but notice that the file system is indicated as Fat32.Should I change this to NFTS and if so which is the best way to do this. The other file systems on my alternate drives are NFTS and the OS is Windows XP Home.Cheers.

Answer:File systems on my External Drive.

Here you go click here

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Hi, I hope people can help me. I really need to get into a file in my external drive but it tells me it is corrupt. When I do a virus scan it does show the files are in there and my computer shows 1g.
What should I do?

Answer:cant open a file in External drive

How was the drive formatted mate? ntfs/fat32 etc.

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I'm having an issue with an external Seagate 3TB USB drive that would not power up. So I took it apart, put the 3TB drive in another enclosure I have, connected it and now it wants to reformat the drive... says the file system is RAW.

For the details, check here:

I believe the data on the drive is mostly images and some videos that my daughter would like to save.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Win 8.1 x64 and raw file system on external USB drive

Sorry, "RAW" is not good. I encountered just the same problem last year when a fairly new Seagate 3TB drive suddenly would not boot anymore. None of the Windows data recovery apps I ran against it could find anything. I sent if off for commercial analysis and they told me that it encountered a hardware failure and wanted $1000 USD to rebuild it -- I said NO.

The best data recovery app I've used recently is [email protected] Recovery Pro. You can download and try it for free, but recovering anything but very small files requires a license. Last time I checked, it was around $30 USD for a license.

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I have all of my music on an external hard drive. I recently bought a new computer which runs Windows 7 and now I'm having a problem. One of my folders contains downloaded singles and after I'd opened and closed the file, then gone back in, I got a message saying "Folder is Empty". However, if I right-click and access properties, the message tells me that it contains 983 files, but I can't locate them.

Answer:External Hard Drive File

When attempting to recover data from any external hard disk, I remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally to a desktop computer. If that by itself does not make the data accessible, I run CHKDSK x: /R, where you substitute your drive letter for the x.

Always use the "safely remove" procedure for USB devices.

Data you have only one copy of is data you don't care about.

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Hello, I have been cleaning up my computer and noticed that Windows assigned my 2 backup drives the same size paging file as I assigned to Windows. I like a set paging file as I deal in graphics, but am unsure if simple storage drives need a paging file. Any advice is appreciated.~Zeana

Answer:Does an external drive need a paging file?

You can put paging files on external disk but you certainly don't have to. It's generally a bad idea as an external disk is likely to be much slower than an internal one (depending upon how it is connected). I would remove the paging files from the external drives.

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I have my OS settings configured not to check for and install updates unless I prompt Windows to do so. I recently manually installed some updates. A few days later I noticed Windows was installing updates upon start up. I checked my update settings and sure enough they were set for everything to check and install updates automatically. What is going on here? I never noticed this kind of behavior with Vista or Windows 7.

Has anyone else noticed this or have a way to truly stop automatic updates?

Answer:Windows 8.1 Update Settings Changing without Permission

Hello Dricketts,

It appears that one of the OS updates in this last round of Windows Updates reset some of these settings back to default.

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I recently re-installed Windows 7 and all of a sudden I was having access denied problems which had never occurred before.
I have managed to fix all of these apart from one:-
When I try to change the icon via the properties of a desktop item I get:-
"you will need to provide administrator permission to change these settings"
I am the only user of the PC and my account is an administrator account.

As I said, I never had this problem prior to the re-install.
I have searched and searched but have yet to find any answers or solutions.

Any help or info would be helpful.

Answer:need to provide administrator permission to change these settings

Turn off your user account settings in user accounts.

control panel>user accounts>change user account control settings

I always set mine to never notify.

You will have to reboot to make changes.

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I have been working with programs such as Blender 3d recently which conflict with my security settings. I have been getting permission denied for saving files and doing other functions in these programs. I found out how to disable the administrator setting by going in command prompt and typing "net user administrator /active no" and how to keep the computer from constantly bringing up warnings asking me to allow a change to my computer by going in user account settings and sliding the slider to zero. It seemed to be working untill I took the slider back up so that I could have some security enabled while on the internet, and then even when I took the slider back down it was still the way it was before, not letting me save my files on some programs and bringing up messages asking me to allow myself to run a program I had clicked on. I tried bringing up the command prompt and re-disabling the administrator setting and also made sure the slider was down all the way, to no effect. I was trying to do a system restore to restore whatever is screwing this up, but an error comes up everytime telling me it can't access a file possibly because of antivirus being on, even though I already turned all the security features off. Any way I could have missed something that I did right the first time but not the second?

Answer:cannot change security/permission settings in windows 7

Right click => Properties => Security => Advanced => Owner => Take Ownership => Click your user name => Then Select the box that says "Replace Owners on subcontainers and objects"

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Hello everyone.

Not to long ago, I removed the HD from my laptop and slipped into an enclosure so that I could access information I had saved. When I initially did it all, I thought it was just a matter of connecting the enclosure to my tower and having it pop up like it would on a USB. Little did I know I needed to obtain permission and take ownership.

After reading and searching for some time, I came across the below link, and followed the direction: You don't currently have permission to access this fold

When I click on the folder and then properties, everything as it should be. I even followed the exact same steps provided in the below links as well, but to no avail:

- Change the permissions and take ownership of your files and folders | Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7 Tutorials
- I dont have the "correct permission" to access any of my - Microsoft Answers
- Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

I don't know, and am at a lost right now. For example, when I click on a photo from my laptop HD, it states "Windows photo viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location."

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:External HD can't obtain permission

Welcome scanlessfool

It sounds like you can at least see some of the folders ? Can you give us a screen snip ?

I have had two laptop drives that were locked by the mfg, so if you put them in another computer or USB enclosure/adapter, the LOCKED message popped up

Your problem sounds simpler, we just have to find the right member that has done it before

What OS & version was on your laptop HD ?

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I run into this problem often. When working with Photoshop files (PSD in the most recent case), sometimes when I make a change and then try to save the changes I come up with this error dialog. My work flow is always the same - I am the computer's administrator.
I am the only person with access to this computer. There are no other users on this computer. This computer is not tied to any server or network. My files are generated from my own work obtained from my camera. I normally save changes to the file several times
so I won't lose my work. I can save the file using a different name, but then I cannot delete the original file unless I reboot the computer and open it up again. Please explain why this randomly reoccurs.

Answer:File Access Denied - You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this file

Hi dmiddleton123,
"When working with Photoshop files (PSD in the most recent case), sometimes when I make a change and then try to save the changes I come up with this error dialog. "
When did the issue start to occur ?The issue only occur with the specific software ?Have you tried to change another location to saved file or reopen the software (end the software process from the task manager)to have a check ?
This issue is a little weired,please take the following steps to have a check .
1.Run "sfc /scannow" to check the health of the system files .
2.Perform a full scan with an antivirus software .
3.Perform a clean boot to verify whether there is a third party conflict here.
How to perform a clean boot in Windows
4.Create a new administrator and login with it to have a check.There is a possibility that the present account profile has corrupted.
If the issue only occurred with the specific software ,it is also recommended to ask for help from the software developer .
Best regards

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I have an .mkv file on two external (2tb)hard drives that i am unable to delete. I've tried unlocker(which actually shut down explorer) moveonboot doesn't work on external drives and a couple other "unlock" programs....none of which worked. any suggestions??

Thank You
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8183 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238372 MB, Free - 140345 MB; J: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 383181 MB; L: Total - 1907057 MB, Free - 1065527 MB; M: Total - 1907726 MB, Free - 249169 MB; N: Total - 1907726 MB, Free - 240854 MB; O: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 806619 MB; P: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 258501 MB;
Motherboard: Gateway, FX6840, ,
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Unable to delete file on external drive.

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I recently bought a brand new PC with Windows 10. I have an external drive that I use to backup files to. My backup method is a straight file copy i.e. no backup software is used.

When I plug my hard drive into the Windows 10 machine, there is one folder missing when I view the drive contents. If I plug the drive into my old machine running Windows 7, the folder is there and accessible. If it makes any difference, it is the My Documents folder from my Windows 7 user profile.

I have run chkdisk on the drive, no errors. I have reset all file attributes for all files on the external drive and also changed the Windows explorer settings to show hidden / system files. I'm still unable to see this folder. There are approximately 100 folders on this drive, and this appears to be the only file that does not show up on the Windows 10 machine. Any thoughts?

Answer:One file missing from external drive on Windows 10

Hello, you would find it easier to copy the content rather than the entire folder, I think.

Your problem would likely be permission related - no read access.

You could do the equivalent of the following for Win 10.. but it's a long-winded technical approach.

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hi im new here but i have a file on my external hard drive that i want to delete but everytime i try it says cannot delete b/c another person or program is using it. i checked and nothing i can think of is using this file, so idk y it wont let me delete. all my other files on the drive i can delete so please help if you can. thank you

Answer:cannot delete a file from my external hard drive...

I have a file from Ares I DL'd yesterday which is not only doing what you describe on this post, but it also seems to be bottle-necking my system when I try to delete/touch/breath on it.

The file is called the devils rejects dvdrip - 696401825 - the devils rejects. I should have known better not to touch that one with those numbers in it, but my nephew was over and wanted to see it...

Also, after the failed renaming/deletion, I tried see if I could move the file, which I managed to do, but now I have this file stuck in My Documents...(I win the Darwin Award for that one), as well as still having the original in my shared folder. When going into My Documents now, I have a hard time loading it, and at times it wont close(not responding), and have to 'exit now' it.

I would also like to know how to delete or isolate this file without having to lose everything by re-formatting.

BTW, happy new year!

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I found a folder with a randomly generated name (35ad7f9d92...) on my portable hard drive and it asked me for permission to view, which I allowed so I could see what files were in it. In it were $shtdwn$.req, an mrt exe file, and mrtstub. I immediately googled what they could be in case they were malware and most google results said that they were most likely just microsoft malware removal files. I recently took my laptop to the geek squad to get cleaned up, which is possibly where the file coud have come from, but I very rarely plug my external hard drive into the computer. Yesterday was maybe the second time since I took my laptop to the geek squad. The file didn't show up until today.

The reason I'm posting rather than just deleting the files, like other posts suggested, is because when I reopened the hard drive's file so i could delete the files, a new randomly named folder (4a1a9f3...) that wasn't there before was right above the first, also asking me for permission. Also the original folder no longer contains the mrt files, it only contains the $shtdwn$.req file now. I'm scared to give the new folder permission in case it is an actual virus.

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I have a very puzzling problem - I need to create a method that will allow users to open files (namely, this is a group of test prep sound files, and I aim to prevent students from stealing the sound files) on an external hard drive, but leave them unable to copy them to their pc. I am open to any method, but I have only taken an introductory computer science course (so far).

Here is what I am thinking - having the hard drive come with a program that hides a "password file" on the host pc, which will be the key to opening each and every individual sound file. In addition, when this program is run, it will leave data on the external hard drive, whos purpose is to prevent people from creating more than one "password file" on different computers. Finally, I would need to alter a media playing program so that it accesses the password file and allows the file to be read.

Effect: People can copy the mp3 files, but because they wont have a password file on other computers, they cannot steal the information.

there is probably something really simpel built into windows. If anyone has any ideas, please help!

Answer:External Hard Drive File Management

You could embed them into a resource file and create a player that can play the files from the resource file or you could generate a key from the external hd unique serial number for the password. If you need any programing help i will be happy to help as i am heavily into coding in a variety of languages.

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I'm trying to do a simple back up. One 12g folder transfer to an external hard drive. Drag and dropping will will stop working about 1/4 of the way through. I tried TeraCopy and that gets through about 6g before it stops working.

Any idea what is wrong?

Answer:Can't transfer large file to external drive

How is your hard drive formatted? Is it fat32 or NTFS?

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We have an external hard drive for back ups. Usually it is in storage, or it is connected to my machine via usb. Occasionally my husband connects it to his xp machine to do back ups or copy a file. After he uses it, when i next connect it to my machine, windows asks me if i want to scan and fix the drive, or open it without scanning. I have always said just open it. I thought win xp left some artifacts on the drive maybe.

Now i see some mysterious files have appeared on the drive, and i can't delete them. I tried doing it from the command prompt, but unless i'm doing something wrong, i get the same error i get when i try deleting them from windows explorer - the file names aren't valid.

Is this indeed because of the sharing of the drive across systems? Is it normal for win7 to ask for a scan and fix of a drive after it has been on a win xp system? How do i delete these files? Should i be concerned about a larger issue?

Answer:external hard drive file corruption?


Those do look odd. Please do the following before you go any further:

Download, install, update and run a FULL scan of all your hard drives and your external USB drives using Malwarebytes. Please post back the log that is created once the scan is finished.

What ant-virus software is currently installed on:

1. Your PC; and
2. Your husbands XP PC?


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Windows 8.1 64 bit operating system. I don't have a Microsoft account.
I have two different external drives. I am unable to get file history to turn on with either drive. I have done a web search and have seen that others have this same issue. Is this an issue with file history? I am able to view files/folders on my external drives. I have tried different USB ports and I get the same results. Any help and suggestions are appreciated.

Answer:Unable to use external drive in file history

Make sure the Drive or folders in the drive are not included in a Library.

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Hello All
I have a Buffalo external hard drive 250 gbs which uses Fat32, can I change the file system to NTFS in someway so that its the same as the hard drive(which is NTFS) on my pc????

Answer:External Hard drive file system

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I used to own a dell laptop and when I finally switched to a new computer (toshiba) I saved all my ole files to an external hard drive. When I first saved and moved all of my files, I made sure that i could open them on the new laptop. Everything was fine. Now, almost 9 months later, I tried to access one of the files saved onto the hard drive and its all formatted wrond. Its showing weird characters and huge blocked text. I have no idea what the hell happened... On my old laptop, I didnt have microsoft word and got stuck using word pad (terrible I know) so I'm wondering if this is the major issue but I dont undertsand why they would open fine at first and now they don't. Is there anyway to convert the files so that i can open and READ them properly in microsoft word? I really want to restore it to proper english and not the weird gibberish it is now. I can post an exaple of what the document looks like if its needed. Thanks.

Answer:External Hard drive messed up a file

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Bought a western digital external hard drive.I noticed the file system is fat32,is this ok for doing backups?are all external hard drives formatted in fat32? Is it ok for backing up the data file on quickbooks pro 2004 in fat 32?

Answer:External hard drive file system

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XP crashes when some files (Excel, jpegs, accounting software, zip) are saved to an external drive (Western 500GB). The files can be opened and worked on without problems. I have scanned PC (CC, Sptdoctor and Norton).
Any ideas!

Answer:xp crashes when file saved to external drive

mapoil said:

XP crashes when some files (Excel, jpegs, accounting software, zip) are saved to an external drive (Western 500GB). The files can be opened and worked on without problems. I have scanned PC (CC, Sptdoctor and Norton).
Any ideas!Click to expand...

is this a new problem? have you done any recent changes (ie - new s/w, new, h/w, etc)? you didn't mention what os you have (ie - xp, vista). have you tried rebooting your comp w/o your external h/d plugged in? have you tried a thumbdrive to see if it works? if you've tried everything (above), have you tried removing the drivers from device manager (for your external h/d and rebooting)? g/l , sos

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I have tried to open a file from my external drive and when I try to double click the file to open, nothing happens. Please help

Answer:Unable to open a file from my external drive

What file type is it (it's extension)?What happens if you try copying to the main drive?Ms Hulot's boat

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I am trying to delete a corrupted file from my external hard drive but it says unable to delete due to corrupt file or directory.
Any suggestions?

Also, how do I check to see if my drive is ok?

Answer:Can't Delete file from external hard drive

You could try unlocking the file with this program .Run the drive makers diagnostic software to check the drive and first run checkdisk.
Open run box windows key +r and type chkdsk X:/f substitute x for you drive letter.

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I have a file of pictures on my external hard drive that I want to protect from being erased , is there a way to lock a file from being erased but still can use it with the lock in place

Answer:can you lock a file on a external hard drive

A better idea would be to copy it to more than one drive. Making it read only doesn't stop you from losing it if the drive goes bad.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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Hi All,

Somehow my desktop file ended up on my external drive so if I unplug the drive I loose my desktop icons. I cannot figure out for the life of me how to get it back and where to place it so it reads from the PC when I boot up. Everything I have done so far has caused me to loose my icons.


Jeff Walters

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I have documents on Word Perfect , and have not been able to copy, or backup, to my Iomega external hard drive.I have tried right clicking on the particular page in that program,looking for a "copy" and then "Paste" to the location of the esternal hard drive.
What have I overlooked?. I have little or no problem with backing up other material.


Oneoldman ...Very!

Answer:Backup single file to External drive

What happens? Is the file in use?

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I just bought a Western Digital 250 GB My Book for my PC. It is connected through a USB 2.0 PCI hub that had not caused me any problems with my iPod in the past. When I transfer files from my Boot drive to the external everything goes very smoothly and quickly. However, when I try to transfer back to the Boot drive it takes forever. I tried to transfer a 350 Mb video file and I let it run overnight and 8 hours later it was still less than half done and it said it would take another 183 minutes, exactly what it said when I left it the night before. Is there some way to make file transferring faster, or for that matter even possible between these two drives. I'm going nuts because I moved all of my digital pictures onto this drive and if this is a permanent problem then I need to figure out how to retrieve them.

Answer:External hard drive file transfer

Try to bypass the USB hub and connect it directly to your computer. See if that makes a faster transfer or not.

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I have a Lacie 160GB ext. HD formatted in the NTFS file system. Acronis True Image creates one file when I backup my C drive to the Lacie.I've just added a Buffalo 300GB ext. HD to my system and it came preformatted and it auto installed (as it was designed to) on connection. An Acronis image saved to this new drive resulted in 18 files all of 4,194,304KB. Then I noticed that the drive was preformatted in the Fat32 format.I would prefer the latter disc to be in the more powerful and secure NTFS format and I am aware that I can run convert g: /fs:ntfs at the command prompt to achieve this.My question is, although I understand that no data will be lost during the conversion, will the converted files still be accessible to Acronis should either the image need to be reinstalled or when it comes to do my first incremental backup??I can't think why there should be a problem, but a niggling doubt has led me to seek your advice.Any help would be most welcome.

Answer:External Hard Drive File System

Fat32 is best in External caddy so it can be used on all systems. But Win98 or ME cannot see NTFS. I have a USB2 Caddy 200Gb partitioned into four one partition is NTFS this is to overcome the Fat32 files system size of 4,194,304KB. As I use it for Video's. The other partitions are Far32

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I recently reformatted my PC, wiped my drives clean, fresh re-install of Windows 7 and all that. All I've pretty much done so far is:

1: Install Windows SP1

2: Install Acronis True Image 2011

3: Install several drivers for Music related hardware

4: Full format my D Drive and my External Hard Drive to NTFS

Under properties for my C drive (OS Drive) I also unticked "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties". I did this as it is recommended as an optimization to the music software I am going to be running.

There is Nothing on my External hard drive, except for a msdia80.dll file. I'm not sure when it got placed there, but I don't recall seeing it there last time I checked my external hard drive...but to be honest I really can't remember.

Why is this file there? Is it safe to delete? If not how do I get rid of it or get it in the right place safely?
Edit: Btw this file is also in C:/Program Files (x86) -> Common Files > microsoft shared > VC where it is a 611 KB File.

On my blank E:/ Driver (External) the file is 884 KB

Answer:msdia80.dll file on External Hard Drive?

Have a look at this article.

The Msdia80.dll file is installed in the root folder of the boot drive when you install the Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package by using the Vcredist_x64.exe file or the Vcredist_ia64.exe file

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Hello everyone.

I was wondering if there is some way to use an external hard drive that is running on esata for page file? I thought this would maybe speed up page file since the external drive most of the time would have no demand on it. If it is possible to do, is it a good idea? (OS: Windows Vista Home Premium) Would it be faster than my 8 gig usb 2.0 flash drive that I have 4 gigs of dedicated to ready boost? I guess the ultimate version of this would be to use readyboost with an esata flash drive? Is ready boost just page file or does it not operate like that?


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Client of mine has got windows 2008 server as a standalone PC (no domain) with username: server and password : fake

And he has 5 other PCs (XP Profe SP3) on the same LAN

PC1, username : forum1,password : work1

PC2, with username: forum2, password:work2

PC3, with username: forum3, password:work3

PC4, with username: forum4, password:work4

PC5, with username : forum5, password:work5

Windows 2008 has got a folder to be shared with PC1, PC2, PC3,,,,not PC4 nor PC5

I know how to share the folder if I use option “Everyone” Under Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > Permissions > Add > Everyone ,,,,,,and I know how to use the option “Public Folder” which is located %SystemDrive%\User\Public

With “Everyone” option PC4 and PC5 would be able to get access to the shared folder
Now my question if I do not want to use "Everyone" option , I have to create additional three local accounts on the server which are ( username : forum1,password : work1 ) and ( username: forum2, password:work2 ) and ( username: forum3, password:work3 )

Those username then will be able to login to the server which I do not want that to happen. Is this what suppose to be in such scenario ?


Answer:Windows 2008 shared folder with XP and permission settings

make a folder for each username ? make it so they can see their own folder ? not to clear on what exactly you are trying to do...

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The network environment is a Workgroup consisting of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 Pro, and Windows XP Pro.

My example:
I have enabled Guest account in the Windows Server 2008 R2 computer.
I have created a new folder "guestshare" in c: and use Share with menu to add Guest with Read/Write Permission Level.

When I try to map it in the Windows XP Pro machine thru Map Network Drive function under Tools menu, I won't see that share using the Browse button. However, I can type the UNC path and map it.

If I turned off the Password Protected Sharing in the Windows Server 2008 R2 computer, I will see that share using the Browse button and able to map it. What is the reason for this behavior?

I wonder whether the following settings in Advanced sharing settings of Windows Server 2008 R2 can affect mapping:

File and printer sharing
Public folder sharing

Since mapping a drive requires authentication, is there any settings in User Right Assignments and Security Options of Local Policy that can affect mapping? For example, I wonder about the following settings:

User Right Assignments
Access the computer from the network
Allow log on locally
Deny access to this computer from the network
Deny log on locally

Security Options
Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only
Network access: Shares that can be accessed anonymously
Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts

Also, does the setting of Guest account in the Win... Read more

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Hey guys,

Having a problem with Exchange 2010.

I've created a distribution group named All Staff, in which I have placed all the revelant staff in our school. When I try to share a calendar with the group I get the error message
"Calendar sharing is not available with the following contacts because of permission settings on your network."

I am able to share the calendar with individuals but this really isn't efficient.

The distribution group got the email [email protected] upon creating it.

Other information:
-Using Windows Server 2008 R2
-Client is Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
-Accessing mail through Outlook Web Access

Thanks in advance and do ask for any other information you deem necessary.

Kinds regards,
Jack Pickup

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I'd like a brief tutorial, or a link to a page where I might be able to accomplish a little more restrictive environment. I understand the basic logic for what I want to accomplish, yet I can't get it to work. Here's my scenario:

Through Active Directory, I want to set a global group of users with restricted access to certain settings and programs, namely Remote Desktop Connection (I had a separate thread that dealt with comp. sci. students using the RDC to bypass the web filter). I can go around each computer and disable the RDC remotely, but I'd like to set it up to where every account name takes on the security/permission settings.

As a note: At my college, the accounts are set up to where even the desktop background is reset after logout. We have a tiny problem with kids changing the mouse cursors and backgrounds here. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Privileges and Security Permission Settings Through Active Directory

Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?

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Inside W10's Event Viewer, I see an error with ID of 10016 (DistributedCOM). Its error description is -

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
{ (long number) }
{ (long number) }
to the user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

This error message says that I can modify security permission. As this topic is over my head, I don't know if I should do this or not. Thanks for any comments on this issue.

Answer:DistributedCOM permission settings Error 10016 -should I resolve this?

There are lots of discussions on this topic here at TenForums, but the clearest explanation of the problem and the fix come from this Shaun Cassells article: Windows 10 Event 10016 Fix: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160} and APPID {9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276} to the user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE SID (S-1-5-19) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.I a – Quarter Five – Thoughts and Solutions. I've got this issue on most of my systems and have never bothered to fix it. Doesn't seem to have much of an impact either way. Do what you think best!

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Dear Forum,

I recently changed computer and therefore had to use a external hard drive.

I have placed some documents onto the desktop until l
1. I figure out where to locate it.
2. I also recently had the Windows Update crash my documents and altered the settings - after looking how to do it.
Recycle Bin Corrupt and Permission settings confusion - external hdd

I followed a prior thread and my Command Prompt has not moved from the last command

To solve the desktop issue: (also elevated command prompt)

cd %userprofile%
You see C:\users\<your name> now.


icacls Contacts /reset /T /C
icacls Desktop /reset /T /C
icacls Documents /reset /T /C
icacls Downloads /reset /T /C
icacls Favorites /reset /T /C
icacls Links /reset /T /C
icacls Music /reset /T /C
icacls Pictures /reset /T /C
icacls "Saved Games" /reset /T /C
icacls Searches /reset /T /C
icacls Videos /reset /T /C
icacls appdata /reset /T /C
Is this common thing to happen?

I am being patient. I am glad that I had assistance from this forum. Better than others.

I am hopeless. I think I was inpatient, and perfectionist and should not go into items I should not. I am now going through all the issues of retrieving everything from the recycle bin. That caused a multitude of problems. I also have invested in a couple of external hard drives from a nurse that felt sorry for me.

I have left most things alone - I lacked a lot of energy and had no time.

T... Read more

Answer:Permission settings from Desktop - Windows 7 32 Home Premium

I'm unsure of all of the items your moving onto the new machine,
You can use this on Personal files/ programs would not qualify as a personal file,

Permissions- inheritable,

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As title.

I've begun to use TeraCopy, which is much better than the stupid Win7 copy handler. There's just one problem:

When TeraCopy moves a file from a user-owned folder to a public folder, it retains folder's user-level permissions. I can manually give access to Everyone for this folder, but it is very annoying.

So, I'm looking for a way to easily remove a folder's own permission settings and make it use only inherited permissions.


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Hey Everyone!

I installed the firefox portable in my external hard disk and use it at the library computer.

One thing very strange is all the setup of firefox e.g. proxy, addons, and the open tab history are gone after I unplug it from the library computer.

Looks like it has to do with the permission setting on the external hard disk.

Can you tell me how to change the permission on my external hard disk?

In addition, say if I want to use my external hard disk as the portable computer that I have all the application installed and ready for use on any third computer. Is there any application/platform can help me to achieve that?

Thanks for your help

Answer:How to re-set the permission on external hard disk

This should be in the Windows Vista forum (as you are talking about permissions I'm assuming Vista and you list your o/s as Vista). Perhaps a mod could shift it to the right place?

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I was using my work laptop at work and connected my personal USB external drive to the laptop. No problem. I used the external drive to show colleagues some pictures of my new house renovation and then disconnected the drive.
However, when I reconnected the drive to my own personal laptop at home, it informed me that it was locked by bitlocker and needed a recovery to unlock it!
At no time was I requested to bitlocker it or indeed informed that bitlocker was locking the drive. This totally sucks as I have precious family photos on the drive and now cannot access them!!
Can anyone help?

Karl Marsden

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I am trying to open an old site which I haven't looked at for a year or more. An error message comes up saying: 'Server error: The server extensions were unable to access the file. Please check the file permissions'. I have looked at it before on this laptop. How can I open it?
I can look at it in Firefox OK, but would like to open it in EW.

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I did a factory reset, and now do not see the Western Digital external hard drive listed under File Explorer.

Prior to the factory reset, it was listed as Drive F.

Would be grateful if you can tell me how to get it to show up again in the list!

Image attached.


Answer:File Explorer does not show external hard drive

From the Start Menu, open Disk Management and see if the hard drive is listed. Does it show that the space is unallocated?

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I recently reformatted my C drive and reinstalled my OS - Windows XP Pro. However now though I used Disk Manager to give a drive letter to my external drive (it appears in Device Manager), I am getting the message that the drive needs formatting though in fact it was formatted and holds a lot of data which of course would be lost if I reformat. The external drive worked fine with my system before the reformat. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: OS cannot recognize file system on external drive

Before using an external drive, it is a very good idea to remove the partitions, recreate them, and then to format (all with the operating system's own tools) so you can insure compatibility with the operating system. Many file systems are lost due to failure to perform this simple task.

If the drive is otherwise intact, you may be able to recover the parition table:


Testdisk Documentation
Testdisk Download
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool


Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
Bootmaster Partition Recovery
ZAR Partition Recovery
DIY DataRecovery DiskPatch
Partition Table Doctor

If those don't work, there are also recovery tools that may help.

Free recovery applications:

1) Recover Files
2) Recuva
3) Restoration
4) Free Undelete (NTFS only)
5) Softperfect File Recovery
6) ADRC Data Recovery Tools
7) Undelete Plus
8) Data Recovery
9) PCI File Recovery
10) DriveRescue
11) Ultimate Data Recovery
12) Disk Investigator

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This drive is Western Digital External My Book Essential Edition. It was purchased because it is the main storage drive for my company's artwork and projects. It is constantly connected to either a mac or pc, depending on who is using it. As of yesterday, it is no longer working correctly. It connects to any computer, but is read as not having been formatted. I was considering disassembling the external in order to plug it in internally (it's a Serial ATA drive) and run chkdsk but I wanted to check first to see if it is even worth the trouble. It is essential that the data on this drive be recovered, and I would prefer to not send this in for data recovery. Too expensive! Any help would be appreciated.

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Recently I've have to right click my external hard drive and click explore in order to see its contents.

How can I get rid of this problem? I just want to be able to double click my external to get into it.


Answer:Lost File Associate with External Drive, need help restoring

There appears to be a file that on the drive that the "Auto run" is attempting to open and there is NOT associated program. Try turning OFF the auto run on this drive.

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so I have a problem........I (just yesterday) was using a 1TB mybook hard drive, filled with mostly .mov files. i was working on finding a converter for the files and ended up downloading 'any video converter' and 'ultra mp4 video converter'. today I downloaded 'VLC Media player' and then I plugged in the drive, and it no longer is recognized properly. it comes up on my computer, but only shows as a 'g' drive and no longer has the little picture icon. i looked in my computer management and it shows it as 'healthy' but it doesn't appear to have a file system. i plugged in a similar drive and it shows as FAT32.

i don't think any of the things i downloaded would cause a problem, i got them all off cnet.

so.....i'm guessing my data is still there, but it can't read it because there is no file system

what can I do to make this drive work again, and not loose my files?

thanks in advance!


Answer:Lost File System on 1tb external hard drive

Hi .

Have you tried connecting the drive to a different computer see if it's properly recognized on that system?

To be honest...the fact that the file system is not properly reflected in Disk not good. If the file system is screwed up, there is nothing that can be done to repair it without losing the files which are on the file system...any repair effort of the file system will result in obliteration of anything which lies upon the file system/partition/hard drive.

I suggest attempting to use data recovery software (of your choice) to recover those files to another partition/drive...and then running a hard drive manufacturer's disk diagnostic (long, extended test) on the drive. The reality is that there may, in fact, be nothing wrong with the hard drive itself, but the problem could be the enclosure in which the hard drive is currently enclosed.


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I am trying to use a 500 gig sata drive for storage transferring data through a USB to hard disk tool/cable.

The tool is a Vantec USB to IDE/SATA adapter. Vantec ? Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - CB-ISATAU2 - 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

I bought it to be able to have more storage for my laptop and at 20 bucks it was cheap solution cus I already had a new 500 gig drive.

I haven't really used it much and this is the first time I tried to transfer something with large file sizes. I do not know if it's the tool, hardware limitation but I suspect it's the file system on the external drive?

It's Fat 32. I Can format it with NTSF and try to recopy the data.. ( luckily as I had not moved. only copied it)

I don't remember now but there was a reason I left it as Fat 32. Does this sound like it should fix the problem or should i try another solution first?


I remember why I wanted to leave the drive Fat 32. That was so I could also use the device and drive to copy data over from my Linux and BSD operating systems. Bummer unless I find a way around this.

Answer:6 gig ISO file XFer from win7 to external drive says it's too large?

File Allocation Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The maximum possible size for a file on a FAT32 volume is 4 GB minus 1 byte or 4,294,967,295 bytes."

Looks like your suspicions are correct.

I'd think the solution is to make 2 partitions on that 500 GB drive: a FAT32 partition for Linux/BSD and an NTFS partition for Windows. Or two entirely different drives.

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I have a known good external usb drive formatted NTFS with data on it. I can access it fine through any number of computers in XP, Vista, 7, and 8 except for one particular XP computer.

I went through the trouble of copying the data off temporarily, and re-formatting the drive, and then putting the data back......but the damned computer still only sees it as a RAW filesystem, when it's fine on all the other systems.

I also notice it's not listing it as a removable drive in My Computer and disk management, but the safely remove hardware eject taskbar icon does.

Any ideas?

Answer:Odd issue trying to read external drive file system

Driver issue?

Same Service Pack for XP?

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This is driving me nuts. Not sure what's happened and pretty sure I have not done anything to silly.

Background : New Windows8 install all update and drivers : system running absolutely fine.
Issue :Copying data from one drive to another via any hub on system resolves in the following :

When transferring from one particular hard drive I select the files I wish to copy.

Go to destination drive and paste.

Starts ok and then the system reports files no longer there and popup windows shows :

Could not find this item.
This is no longer located in H:\. Veriofy the item's location and try again.
Files name {Photos}
Date created: date:time
[Try Again], [skip], [cancel]


[Retry] repeats the popup.
[Skip] copies all the folders to the destination drive with no content so shows all directories but not files/data within. Not hidden as copies in a matter of seconds.
[cancel] : well cancels.

Go back to the origin drive and all folders and data are there in tact.

Unmounted drive and the drive still appears in the MyComputer hard drive and folder structure. Displays files listed as if there. Click on the files and of course missing...the hard drive isn't even connected at this point.

Only way to get rid of the ghost drive it's mysterious folders/files is to reboot.

Put mystery drive on laptop and all works fine (managed to copy files successfully and as expected).

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Answer:PCIe Hub & External USB Drive File transfer issue

You can try going into device manager and turn on "view hidden devices" via the view menu. Once done, you can try deleting the problematic drive profile, allowing it to be rediscovered the next time it is plugged in. Who knows, maybe you'll get a different drive letter assignment this time. I periodically go in and clean out all my USB external drive profiles for no good reason; however, as an example, I currently have 2 USB flash drive profiles and 1 external ATA drive profile as shown below:

Attachment 24048

Good luck.

Updated comment: On my machine, all the entries "boxed in red" would be OK to delete.

The Kingston is a simple flash drive and has 2 entries
The SanDisk is actually a mini-SSD (in a flash drive enclosure) and has 3 entries
The F: is actually the ATA drive in a USB enclosure and has 3 entries

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I was installing steam games on my 1tb external hard drive, and accidentaly unplugged it, when ever i try to intall anything more i get disk write error, and formating the disk have not helped.

Answer:Solved: corrupted file on external hard drive

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Hello, my external hard drive is 320gb and I have used up almost 30gb of it. I wanted to transfer an iso file of 7.7gb onto my hard drive but whenever I try to copy it, an error comes up saying not enough space to move. But there is still 290gb of free space! I recently copied around 20gb of home videos from my HDD camcorder but it doesn't copy this iso file. Please can someone assist me. Thank you very much. I am using Windows XP Home, 1gb RAM, external hard drive is in FAT32 Format.

Answer:Moving large file to external hard drive

It is probably because the drive is FAT32 - see this similar thread click here

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A few years back I got an external hard drive (Nomad) as I was working on a book and studying photography and wanted to be able to back up all my work in case of a computer crash. Well, it turned out that I did have a crash, and everything was fine until I went to open up a file that contained a bunch of Microsoft Word files for my book.

When I click on the file in attempts to open it, after a long period of not responding, an error comes up that says exactly this:

"Location is not available
H:\Scotia\Writing\Stories & Novels is not accessible.
Incorrect functon."

Is there any way that I can fix this so that I can have the files back? I'm desperate, and without these files I lose a year of work toward a novel. Any help is deeply appreciated.

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Dear Forum,

I have accidentally had my external hard drive disconnect.

When I went to reconnect the external drive it asked me to scan it.

I have gone into the error checking section and noticed that it went from an Expansion Drive to a Local Disk.

I also see that when I had to stop the computer as I turned it by accident - it has a file called Found.000

I have attached the copy of the error code. I do not know what it means.

I am scared to do anything as many people have told me that I am not great at computers

Answer:Scan of an external drive error and found file

I see that I have had a few views - but I may not be welcome on here anymore. I need as much assistance as possible. Trying to do a complete reinstall.

I have been given a hard time in other forums.

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I use an Averatec notebook, and an external hard drive. The external has 149gigs of free space left and it will not allow me to drop a movie which is 7.9gigs onto it. The error I recieve says that there is not enough space on the drive.

Ive tried deleting about 10gigs from the external and it still says not enough room on the drive.
Ive transfered other things onto the external and they work properly.
If anyone knows what the problem might be I would be greatfull for any help.


Answer:Transfer large file to external hard drive

what is the file system, FAT32 or NTFS? if it is FAT32 you can't have a file larger than 4gb

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I have a Western Digital 2TB desk top hard drive which is almost three quarters full. It has worked fine up until yesterday.

Today however it was causing windows explorer to stop responding. I tried to use task manager but explorer did not close until I physically unplugged the hard drive from USB, at which point explorer instantly closed down again. I rebooted the PC and successfully reconnected the hard drive, only for Explorer to stop responding again after just a few minutes of use.

I repeated the above process with the task manager however now I have no access at all to the hard drive, in computer management and my computer it shows as local disk (J) with no meter underneath to indicate how full it is. Computer management shows the file system as RAW, I believe before it was NTFS. Device manager shows the disk does exist with its full name of WD 1021 Elements.

I have tried a few recovery programs, firstly test disk. This however looks like it is going to take potentially a few days to complete. I have also tried the free version of EaseUs. This program found three lost partitions, but none were anywhere near as large as 2TB. Does the paid version find more? I don't want to spend money if it won't work. I have also tried Pandora Recovery but this could not access the drive in question, probably due to problem I am having.

My questions are:

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Answer:External Hard drive has changed to RAW file system

1. If possible, please post a screenshot of Windows Disk Managemnet with only your problem external drive connected. Make sure that you hide the Console Tree and Action Pane by clicking on the Show/Hide icons in the top Menubar so that we can see the full screenshot of the Window with no truncation. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

2. Install MiniTools Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1, run it and post a screenshot of the Main screen with your external drive connected. Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

We will first explore the possibility of Recovering the Partition/s with Partition Recovery Wizard, the tool most widely used here for recovering partitions on drives that had turned RAW.

Further instructions only after your response to this post.

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hi im new here and really need your help. bout a year ago i started noticing some strange things happening to my external hard drive..
1st-some folders would no longer be accessable,when i click on them i get "the file name,directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect"..
2nd-some video files that were accessable had their names changed to some strange characters which made them unplayable|,also i was no longer able to delete anything...i noticed more files bein infected and becoming unplayable.also the folders names were changed and included a crosslike symbol.
3rd-i downloaded a file awhile back that i believe was the cause since it had a junk folder that was hidden in the torrent,but was unable to delete it.ive tried every kind of virus scanner ,malaware scanner u can think,only kind of reading i got off any of them was its a"backdoor.hupigon.235041".i was thinking of using a data recovery service but i dont like the invasion of privacy.also dont wanna reformat the hard drive cause ill lose my data...any ideas?
                          kind regards,charly

Answer:chinese like virus changes file attributes on external drive ,help!!!!!

Hello zionJust a note, if you do not want to format in the future do not download torrents.Hupigon variants are backdoor programs.This allows hackers to remotely control your computer, steal critical system information and download and execute files.I would counsel you to disconnect this PC from the Internet immediately. If you do any banking or other financial transactions on the PC or if it should contain any other sensitive information, please get to a known clean computer and change all passwords where applicable, and it would be wise to contact those same financial institutions to apprise them of your situation.Though the trojan has been identified and can be killed, because of it's backdoor functionality, your PC is very likely compromised and there is no way to be sure your computer can ever again be trusted. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of trojan, the best course of action would be a reformat and reinstall of the OS. Please read these for more information:How Do I Handle Possible Identify Theft, Internet Fraud and CC Fraud?When Should I Format, How Should I ReinstallWe can still clean this machine but I can't guarantee that it will be 100% secure afterwards. Let me know what you decide to do.

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