External Harddrive permissions

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  1. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    so i have an old windows laptop harddrive that got a virus and have it hooked up to my Macbook via an "enclosure", and i need to get the files off of it (pictures, music, etc) , but of course i can only go so deep in the file system, before it runs into permissions issues. so basically how do i "repair" the permissions on my macbook?

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  2. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    Which version of Windows?

    If XP
    HOW TO Reset Security Settings Back to the Defaults:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313222

    HOW TO Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3084211

    Access is Denied Error Message When You Try to Open a Folder - Permissions:
    support.microsoft.com/kb/810881

    Description of File Sharing and Permissions in Windows XP (Q304040):
    http://support.microsoft.com/support.../Q304/0/40.ASP

    If you are using Vista, then you should be able to remove permissions by using the security tab on the folder itself and giving yourself admin permissions; if you are still having issues, then you could try to do the following

    1. on the security tab, click advanced
    2. In the window that appears you should see a list of users with permissions. at the bottom of this window you should see an "edit" button- click it
    3. at the bottom of the resulting window remove the check mark next to the button that says "Include inheirtable permissions from the objects parent"-what this will do is is stop whatever permissions are being set above it in the hierarchy to stop, essentially stopping the permissions from going to things below that point
    4. When you uncheck the first box you will get a prompt asking you to copy or remove the permissions- choose remove
    5. click ok in all open windows and try again
     
  3. techfreak85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    hmm... that might work if i were(able to boot into) in windows... :eek:like is said this is an old laptop hard drive, i hooked it up using a little usb thing and am getting the files off of it...
     
  4. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    well unfortunately that is really the only way as the permission data are stored in the Metadata of the OS and the only way to change them is to put it into a windows box- I am not aware of any way of doing so natively on a Mac-vmware MAY do it but i really do not know
     
  5. techfreak85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well the reasonn is cause it got a virus and it wont let me log in. (even safemode, other accounts, os repair, etc) other wise i would guys...:rolleyes:
     
  6. steveza macrumors 68000

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    Find someone else with a Windows machine, make sure they have working antivirus software and then copy the files or change permissions as needed.
     
  7. Zyniker macrumors 6502

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    Do you have VMWare or Bootcamp on your Mac? If so, you could always try booting up Windows and seeing if you run into the same permission problems...if you do, there are more options for repairing/'fixing' them from Windows than from OS X.
     
  8. steveza macrumors 68000

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    or even get a demo copy of Fusion/Parallels and use that to fix your drive.
     

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