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Need to take ownership and grant full access to Data drive

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    Need to take ownership and grant full access to Data drive


    Hi all, I migrated to Windows 8.1x64 Pro from Windows 7x64 Ultimate. In both OS's I'm the Administrator. In Windows 7 I was using a 2nd internal physical HDD for data files. Now with Windows 8.1 I'm using that same data drive, but I find that many files and folders can't be opened (Access denied). I followed these tutorials to take ownership and grant full access . Problem is that even if I follow this procedure for a folder, the files inside that folder still have access denied, and I have to apply the procedure to each file individually to gain access to it which is time consuming, even though the "all files and folders inside" option was chosen.
    Is there a short way to clean the permissions inherited from the Windows 7 OS and apply fresh full permissions to the whole drive (all folders and files in it) so that Windows 8.1 won't bug me anymore with the "Acess Denied" sign? Thanks

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You could try this WinAero: TakeOwnershipEx
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    In addition, this could help make taking ownership and permission easier if you still have to do them one by one.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8
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    Thanks adamf, I'll try that.
    Thanks Brink, seems that taking ownership is the first step, in addition you have to also grant full access, right?
    Also, what if I backup my data, then format the data drive using Windows 8.1 Disk Management, and then restore my data back to the drive? Will that cleanup all the inherited permissions from Windows 7 and allow full access to all the files without having to mess with Permissions?
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    The "Take Ownership" context menu will both change the owner to the Administrators group, and grant Administrators full control.

    Yes, formatting the drive and copying the files back should also sort any permission issues.
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    Thanks Brink.
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    You're most welcome.
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    Something got messed up. I've been though a similar situation in the past on two different PC's and not faced that issue. I've gotten "you don't have permission" for my user folders like Documents, Pictures, Music etc, the first time I tried to access them in Windows 8, but just clicked continue and never got that message again. Other folders on the same drive/partition were fine with no access problems. Anyway I just wanted to let you know this isn't a normal situation when you go from 7 to 8.
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    Thanks alphanumeric, I agree this is not normal. I think I will choose to format the drive within Windows 8 to have a fresh trouble free drive, otherwise even if I assign permissions as David shows (yes, I do it that way whenever a particular folder/file has access denied) I'm afraid of the possibility of file corruption.
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