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I took out the HDD of a friends fried laptop to get her files back and I need to take ownership of her files but the problem is when I try I either have to sit there and wait to click continue as some files fail to change and it is incredibly slow.

Today I tried again and it simply wont happen, Gets stuck doing one file:


Does anyone know of any tools/methods that I can use to take ownership of these files easily?

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What are you trying to do copy them onto a pen stick or a portable hdd?
If so you dont need to take ownership of them just copy and paste them in.
Or just boot into her hdd and copy them off that way
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What are you trying to do copy them onto a pen stick or a portable hdd?
If so you dont need to take ownership of them just copy and paste them in.
Or just boot into her hdd and copy them off that way
I fail horribly, I dont know why I didn't just do that Int he first place, Im copying now, well, Attemping to so I'll post back if that fails.

Her OS is also corrupted beyond belief so thatss a no go

+Rep


EDIT: Nope, I probably did try this, I need ownership.
Edited by Rian - 5/22/11 at 4:02am
   
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Tried this, doesn't work, CMD pops up and does a few files then hangs for ages and when I go back the files it says have been completed I still cannot access.
   
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Originally Posted by Rian View Post
Tried this, doesn't work, CMD pops up and does a few files then hangs for ages and when I go back the files it says have been completed I still cannot access.
Sorry wortha try
have you tried DSKCHK before attempting to take ownership as bad sectors could be stopping your progress
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rian View Post
I fail horribly, I dont know why I didn't just do that Int he first place, Im copying now, well, Attemping to so I'll post back if that fails.

Her OS is also corrupted beyond belief so thatss a no go

+Rep


EDIT: Nope, I probably did try this, I need ownership.
right ok then the fact that the os is corrupt suggests that a few files may have followed suit. are you able to skip that file and move on to another folder?

Try using a programme called diskdigger set it to her hdd on scan surface and it will bring up all the files that haven't corrupted themselves and will let you save it onto ur hdd
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This is just a simple command to take the ownership of a file in Windows Vista.

1. Open Start menu and enter cmd in the Search box.

2. Navigate to your file's directory in the command prompt. ( e. C:\\Files\\myfile.exe)

Then type in the following command:

Code:

takeown /f myfile.exe

You should get a success message once this is completed.

SUCCESS: The file (or folder): "C:\\Filesz\\myfile.exe" now owned by user "ComputerName\\username"
where

ComputerName = Your Computer's Name
username = Your user name

3. That will give you ownership of the file, but you still have no rights to delete it. Now you can run the cacls command to give yourself full control rights to the file:

Code:

cacls myfile.exe /G username:F

You need to substitute your user name in place of username .


Notes
-----
To take ownership of a folder and all its content, you can add the /r switch for recursive execution:

Code:

takeown /f . /r

You can also use the /a switch to make the ownership go to the Administrators group instead of the current user:

Code:

takeown /f intlcfg.exe /a

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Sorry wortha try
have you tried DSKCHK before attempting to take ownership as bad sectors could be stopping your progress
Thats likely, I'll do this.

As you can see the registry error fails:
   
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Following this. I've run into this same problem more than once and its tricky. Scotty's cmd trick seems like it would work, but common, we're not running linux here...there's gotta be an easier way to take control of the entire drive. If you can take control through a command, wouldn't there be a UI route to do the same thing? This was never a problem with xp and down HDDs. I would just take em out, convert to usb, and get the files out. Vista and 7 suddenly made this process complicated.
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