I have a couple of boxes full of disc drives that were pulled from systems over the years. I'd like to copy files to a new drive - particularly user data files (such as from "My Documents" or whatever it was called in the version of Windows in use on that drive). I'd also like to delete files on those drives that I'm not interested in (like the Windows system directory) as I go so that I can better keep track of the stuff I do want to copy. I have a USB 3.0 gizmo that lets me hot plug the drives onto my Win7 system, but I keep running into issues with the security permissions on the 'imported' file systems.
I can work around those issues by taking ownership and occasionally deal with the ACLs on files and directories that don't even allow allow the owner to do things (surprisingly it seems that there's always a few off those). But that quickly gets to be an annoying chore and often taking ownership of a large directory tree takes a long time with little feedback on how far along the operation is taking.
So I'm looking for suggestions or solutions on how I can just copy the damn files I want to copy off these drives without having to wrestle with NTFS permissions. Native Windows tools or commands are preferred, but a solution that involves 3rd party software would be fine as well (as long as it's not too expensive).