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Recovering file because of messed up associations or whatever.

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  1. henthorn

    henthorn Thread Starter

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    My old hard drive with the old operating system and all my data was named J during a repair installation. I have since added a new hard drive and made the old drive the slave. I have installed double boot with XP and Linux on the new drive and the new Xp partition is named C and the old drive is named F. Is there a way I can change the name of the slave drive F on the new disk to J so I can access my data? Maybe there is a better way to get access to the data
     
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    Thanks, That applies to single folders or files. That would take a long time for all the folders and in the extra information the link referred to it seems to apply to XP Pro. I have XP home, should have stated that, I guess. I need a way to access all the data on the old drive. I'm pretty ignorant about this , so cut me some slack.
     
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    It also applies to whole drives. If you can see the drive in My Computer, right click it and follow the procedure except substitute "drive" for the word "folder".
     
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    When I do that I am doing it from the new boot drive which sees the drive as F not J. I need to get control of the old drive named J. When I click on properties for the F drive I don't get any security tab, just General, Tools, Hardware, Sharing and Quota.
     
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    As usual MS instructions are faulty. If I I follow the instruction to "Set, view, change or remove file and folder permissions" and then click on the article 307870, it says that you can not change the simple files sharing in XP home, even though in other places it gives the impression that you can. The usual MS baloney.
     
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    You can only set file permissions on drives that are NTFS formatted. Is yours NFTS or FAT32? Roght clicking the drive in My Computer then Properties will show the format type.

    If it is FAT32 you can convert to NTFS. You would open a command window (Start, Run, cmd). To convert your C: drive type: convert C: /FS:NTFS

    Things almost never go wrong (but sometimes do) so I would suggest a backup first.
     
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    They are all formatted to ntfs.
     
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    You can only set NTFS permission on Windows XP Home in Safe Mode.
     
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