(My English can be strange ..)

I have one external HDD formated by NTFS. I use this HDD as my data storage.

When I reinstall windows, external HDD's security settings seem to remain, so I must have administrator privileges to access external HDD. Sometimes, I must reset security settings of EACH FILE!

I tried to reset HDD's security setting, but It takes too long time;;

How do I reset HDD's security easily?


You'll want to give the Everyone group Full Control permissions to the root of the drive, then force the permissions to inherit to all subfolders.

  • setting the root of the drive: Doesn't it takes so much time? My HDD contains lots of files and folders.. Isn't there any other way? T.T – ikh Jan 6 '14 at 10:47
  • Unfortunately, no, unless all files/subfolders are configured to inherit from the parent folder. NTFS permissions are per file. However, you only need to do this once, and never again. – Bigbio2002 Jan 6 '14 at 14:18

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