How can I get permission to transfer files from my old hard drive which were protected by user accounts?

Ok.  I had an old laptop (Acer 5920G) which would not power up and consequently I ended up purchasing a new latop to replace it.  My old laptop ran Windows Vista Home Premium and my new latop is running Windows &.  I have connected the hard drive from my old laptop as an external hard drive to my new laptop and I can see all folders etc.  However I want to be able to recover documents which were stored in user accounts on my old laptop.  Thus far I haven't been able to successfully change ownership of the folders I want to access.  When I follow the steps I get a message which says 'An error occurred while applying security information to: [file path] the system cannot find the specified file' or 'An error occurred while applying security information to: [file path] access denied'.  This message appears for every folder within each user accounts folder.


Any help would be much appreciated!




Here is the full procedure:

Right-click the folder, select Properties > Security Tab > Advanced at the bottom > Owner Tab > Edit > Highlight your username and put a tick in ‘Replace owner on subcontainers…’ and Apply > OK. You will only have the ‘Replace owner on subcontainers…’ box for folders not files. Click Yes when you receive the Security pop-up window then click OK to the Close/Reopen message.

Now go back to the Properties > Security Tab. Click Edit > Add. Type in your User Account Name in the box under Enter the objects name to select. Click on Check Names > OK. Click on your User Account Name to highlight it. Check the box for Full Control > Apply and OK etc.

Additionally, you may want to add Take Ownership to the right-click menu[2]=Networking%20Internet

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Last updated July 6, 2020 Views 26,025 Applies to: