Harddrive Write Protection problems.

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Azagnoth

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I installed a second harddrive to my computer (maxtor 80gig) I just plugged it in no software or anything. And when I try to copy files from it to my other harddrive it says its write protected and wont let me. Any suggestions?
 
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Hi Azagnoth, Welcome to TSG !!
What Operating System are you running ??
Which drive says it is write protected??
Did you format the new drive or you have files on it already??
Are the 2 drives using the same file system (NTFS, FAT32)??
Did the new drive come from a system that was under Administrator rights??
 

Azagnoth

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Running Windows Xp home.. the maxtor is the one that is write protected.
I didn't format the drive, I'm trying to get media files from it. The hd is under administration rights.. and they both are using NTFS
 
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There are files on the drive that you want to recover?

The drive has retained the permissions from the machine and accounts it was on previously. The permissions will need to be changed before it can be used on a different machine.

If you want to use the drive and there is something on it that you want to save, and it only restricts writing at this time, copy all that you want to keep off from the drive, remove the partitions, repartition it, reformat it, and it will then take on your account's permissions.
 

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None of that helped me. That website that you gave me had an option that I dont have. It says to right click on the file and go to sharing.. then click 'Advanced' there is no advanced tab for sharing. And I am the administrator.. of both harddrives. It's just the maxtor has a account on it from my old computer. Is there some way I can take the password of that computer or something?
 
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If you read the article at that link, it tells you how to make the tabs appear in XP Home so that you can change the permissions of the drive.

From the link:
"Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab."

You need to boot to Safe Mode and then go to Folder Options and disable Simple File Sharing. You will then have a Security tab on that drive and you can give full permissions to Administrator's or whomever you want.
 
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