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external hard drive files sometimes can't be accessed on desktop running Window Vista

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by FredricJLowe, Jul 4, 2008.

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  1. FredricJLowe

    FredricJLowe Thread Starter

    Jun 21, 2007
    I have a new Dell XPS420 quad core processor running Windows Vista Premium Home edition. I have my old hard drive in an external case and at times when I try to open files on the external hard drive I am not able to. It says I do not have permission. I have read articles on how to gain permission and at times I am successful, but it is a real pain to do that each time! I tried turning off User Account Control on the new desktop and then tried to access the external hard drive files, but I still received the same message, that I do not have control and it was denied.

    Is there any way to gain permanent control over that external hard drive? I was the only user of that that was housed on my Compaq Presario 5430US that ran Windows XP Home edition.
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