Take ownership of Windows HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PirateMonkey, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. PirateMonkey macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    Hi I was wondering if anyone can help me, I've done a bit of searching but to no avail, I have a friends broken down windows XP machine she informed me it keep going to porn sites via redirection.
    So I figured I would remove the hdd and service the PC inside while I was at it, well I figured I can scan for viruses from my macbook pro using a usb connection from the hdd to the macbook so I hocked it up and my macbook reads it as an external drive, but clamXav can't remove any of the viruses from the hdd as I'm not the owner of it, now is there any way that I can take ownership like I can in windows and remove the viruses from there hard drive? or is this is impossible on a NTFS formatted hard drive?

    Some side notes the Hard drive is the main boot drive for there system it's windows XP NTFS, and I'm running OS X lion on a Macbook Pro.

    Any help would be great!
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    You've got two problems to deal with:
    First off, Mac OS X can't write to NTFS drives with its default settings.
    Secondly, there's no GUI like in Windows to do advanced permission adjustments.

    The first one is easily solved with MacFUSE. I don't know of a graphical solution for the second one, though... I suppose, once you get NTFS write enabled, you could uncheck "enable ownership for this volume", if Finder will let you do that.
  3. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    You are better off putting the drive back in and booting to a scanner via CD or USB drive to clean off the internal drive.
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    That error message pops up with any NTFS volume when you don't have a driver that allows read/write to NTFS. Once it is installed the op can read/write to the NTFS without changing any permissions or settings. I don't think OS X can even understand Windows permissions or vice versa. Sort of like how they don't read folder view settings, custom icons, &c of each others.
  5. PirateMonkey thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    A little update I was playing with this for hours and I could not get this to work even after installing the NTFS driver, I could not even copy pictures from there "My Documents" work area one particular user I seemed to be able to do but none of the other accounts I found this odd and wonders if the virus installed on there machine made it impossible for anyone to copy data, so I plugged into a windows machine and was able to do exactly the same thing and I even had the same issue I could copy one users work but none of the others, but then I managed to play with the XP partition and get it to boot up but with all sorts of errors but enough that I can now copy all there data, all 70GB's of un backed up data on an old IDE Hdd so the speeds of data transfer are wonderful.

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