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How to let Admin access folders created by another user

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    How to let Admin access folders created by another user

    Prior to last week my computer was running Windows 7, the computer also has a 3TB MyBook external drive on which I ripped over 100 movies from DVD/Blue-Rays that I own (and still have). The reason for doing that was 1) so I could watch the movies on my TV without the hassle of inserting the dvd into the blue-ray player, and (2) reduce the amount of storage space (I threw away the original containers and put them in a simple DVD file).

    Last week I installed a new internal hard drive and did a clean install of Windows 8. Consequently my admin account's user name was changed to be the same as my Microsoft account name. Now I can't access any of the folders on MyBook without taking ownership of them one-at-a-time. That is going to be very very time consuming to do that for over 100 folders. Does anyone know of any faster way to accomplish this?

    I don't know why Microsoft won't allow computer Administrator to access any folder on his computer. This is just dumb.


    The situation gets even worse -- after taking ownership of the folders I still can't access any of the files or sub-folders. I have to do that for every folder and file, somewhere around 500 of them! I feel like just reformatting the drive and starting all over again.
    Last edited by AncientDragon; 12 Jul 2013 at 20:55.

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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    You need to take the ownership AND change permissions. Respectively, it's accomplished with two commands in the elevated command prompt:
    takeown /f D: /r /d y
    icacls D: /grant:r UserName:F /t
    In this example:
    • D - the letter of the drive you need to get access to
    • Username - your username

    The commands take care of all drive folders recursively.

    warning   Warning
    Never apply these commands to the system drive.
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