Problem with attaching files in Outlook Express 6 after clone failure

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Thread Starter
Jul 28, 2004
Hey, got an interesting puzzler here involving XP, OE and a dead clone: :eek:

I'm using WinXP SP3 (32-bit) on good 4 core PC with 4gb RAM (3.5gb seen). My system isn't setup quite normally. Long ago I started putting XP into it's own 32gb C: partition and programs on a bigger D: partition usually covering the rest of the drive. I have also added further drives up to K: at present. The main reason is to keep XP somewhat free of fragmentation and gunk buildup from most 3rd party programs. This has been generally a great idea and my XP installs have been very stable and fast because of it. However a recent attempt at trying to clone the OS has thrown a little sand in the email works.

So.... I decided to try cloning my C: drive partition to a larger drive. It didn't work and I've put the old drive back in til I can sort that out. My email client is still Outlook Express 6 (yes and I still like it over newer and far more annoying options). OE worked perfectly til the clone shot. Now when I try to attach files from any drive but C:, I get an error: "Cannot access this file. Check security privileges over the network drive." If I move the files (usually pictures) to any place on C: drive, all is good. Attachments work as usual. I have been though the security settings for drives and folders and users. My admin and user accounts are always separate but have same full permissions. I tried allowing everything to be seen by everything, permissions-wise. Nothing is helping solve the gremlin. I find this most perplexing as D: partition resides on the same physical drive as C:, yet it has problems with permissions like those up to K: drive.

Note that the original C:/D: drive was not put in anything else before it was returned to the same computer. The other drives weren't moved either. The cloned drive never even booted to the "Starting Windows" massage. It froze instantly just past the point you can press F8. I did try to use F8 to get a boot from the clone and try to use "safe mode". But the PC froze only a bit further in the boot. The PC otherwise is working as it previously did.

"Help me O-B-Wahn..." :confused:


Malware Specialist
Dec 22, 2006
While you are in XP, you need to right click the D: drive and choose take ownership if you can.
Any time you make system changes, the Windows system views outside/non-system drives as foreign.
If you have trouble, you can Google "XP take ownership of drives" .
Looking to the future, you should definitely install Thunderbird. It can import all the OE settings, and further is easy to transport to other systems.
OE is hopeless for transfer as it is.

You may not care, but have a read here. It outlines how to install and use Thunderbird, and then save the profile - indispensable.
The entire thread is also available as a PDF document here: Elephant.pdf
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