Taking ownership of a drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • I just bought a Lenovo with Vista Business installed.  To move data from my old computer into the new one I copied it to an external drive, then connected the drive to the new computer.  Now I am being denied access to this drive.

    I have been able to win ownership of the drive folder by folder -- but only if there are no folders within these folders.  But of course there are thousands of them.

    I am a civilian, with no technical expertise of operating systems.  I have seen some explanations of taking ownership of folders, but even these are dizzyingly complex.

    Is there a reasonable solution to this issue?
    Friday, October 17, 2008 4:25 PM


  • Hi,
    Start > Type command prompt > Right click it > run as administrator > takeown G:\ /r
    where G = the removable drive. I haven't tried taking ownership of an entire drive before but I suppose it should work. If it doesn't you can use the takeown G:\folder /r command and it take ownership of all the subfolders
    Saturday, October 18, 2008 2:52 PM