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I am trying to transfer files off a hard drive from a old computer into a new one. I have been successful for all the users except one. Even under the administrator account.

I have even tried to open an elevated cmd window (right click cmd, select "Run as Administrator"), and typed net user administrator /active:yes.

I still get "denied".

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It may be denied through a corruption rather than permissions. Have you tried a chkdsk? – Paul Oct 20 '11 at 22:39
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Use the CALCS command. In an elefaved CMD prompt, type CACLS *filename-or-folder* /e /g:*username* F /s to grand a username FULL CONTROL of the folder and subfolders

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so what would I type if it was for example in d/documentsandsettings/lynn/mydocuments – Anders Oct 20 '11 at 22:49
CACLS "D:\Documents and Settings\Lynn\My Documents*.* /e /g:*username* F /s – Canadian Luke Oct 20 '11 at 22:55
Im typing something wrong, what do I write in the username field. I copied and pasted this and it didnt work. – Anders Oct 20 '11 at 23:18
Your username that you're logged in to Windows as – Canadian Luke Oct 20 '11 at 23:24
I am logged in as the adminstrator so I typed CACLS "D:\Documents and Settings\Lynn\My Documents*.* /e /g:*Adminstrator* F /s and I get the filename, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect – Anders Oct 21 '11 at 17:19

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