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Access denied to drive after switching SATA ports

  1. #1


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Access denied to drive after switching SATA ports


    Hi,
    I have 3 disks in my computer, of which 2 are SSDs.

    I swapped the SATA ports between one SSD and the HDD so as to give the SSD a SATA port with maximum 6gb/s transfer speed, and now the access to the HDD is denied. The drive letters are correct, as they should be.

    The user (myself, admin) did not change.

    What can be done about it? I already tried to check the ownership of the drive and says STEVECOMPUTER/Administrators, which looks good, as my user account is an admin. Still, I have no access.

    Would be thankful for any help on taking ownership back of the drive properly. I do not understand how it got lost in the first place.

    Thanks
    Steve

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Was the system set up with the drives arranged the other way? Try using a different SATA port for the HDD.

    When the system was set up, it got used to having the drives the way they were. If you switch them back, do you get permission again? I would try that before anything else-Plug it back in the original way, and see if it gives you your permissions back.

    Otherwise you may have to try an In-Place Install or totally re-install Windows.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for joining in! I had hoped not having to resort to any of the solutions you mentioned. It is just a secondary hard drive. Can't we just take ownership back in a brute force way? I ws hoping for concrete suggestions along those lines.
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, I'd try to find out the reason why that happened. I add HDDs and SDD's to my system all the time and they always allow me to access whatever is on them. But this is simply a switch in positions, so it doesn't make sense. Was there any kind of Bitlocker active on the drive? That might account for it. If it contains Windows backup files, it may happen too. What kind of stuff do you have stored on your drive?

    When you have bunches of nested folders, you have to apply the permissions to each folder, I've never been able to set the permission on the whole drive. Can you get access to the files at all? Start with the first file you can't access, right click on the folder in Explorer and go into Properties/Security and set the owner to "User" and add the permissions in Auditing, then add the Users to the list of allowed users or groups, and given Users full access. Then do the same thing for each Subfolder.

    Just try it with one of the folders you can't get into and let me know what happens. You have to turn off the 'Sharing Wizard" in Folder->View options in order to get the Security properties to show up.

    Honestly, I've taken drives from other systems and sometimes I have had some folders locked, but never on a system that the drive was already on in the first place. Your system is acting like the folders and files were moved in there under a different OS.
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Access denied to drive after switching SATA ports
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