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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mezzerooni, Feb 2, 2012.

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  1. mezzerooni

    mezzerooni Thread Starter

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    hi-
    i recently cobbled together a new computer into a dell shell. the OS (XP Home) is on a new drive, C. the slave drive (E) contains most of my media files (mostly music), and most of them are in a folder called "my shared folder". i can view them, and they appear to be intact. but i can't play them, and i also can't move them to C (i've .been trying to copy and move them in order to play them there). instead, i get this message: "ERROR COPYING FILE OR FOLDER. CANNOT COPY "THE ROLLING STONES, SALT OF THE EARTH": ACCESS IS DENIED. MAKE SURE THE DISK IS NOT FULL OR WRITE-PROTECTED, AND THAT THE FILE IS NOT CURRENTLY IN USE."

    i've seen many similar threads- sometimes it's someone wanting to delete files from a drive, sometimes someone wanting to access documents or music, but the message they receive is similar or identical to mine. most often, the advice seems to be to go to MS's "how to take ownership of a file or folder" article. i've managed to make changes that lead me to believe i'm about to finally succeed, but i never quite get there.
    most recently i found ELVANDIL's advice to download the "SECURITY" tab. i did so successfully, and now there is a security tab where there was none before. but the innards of "properties" are not exactly as he describes- there is not an "owners" tab, for example (i think that's what he called it). so i reckon i've gone as far with the DIY approach as i feel safe with. after all these hours of effort, the last thing i want is to lose these many gigs of music by pushing the wrong tab out of misunderstanding or plain old exhaustion.
    i think i probably just need help with a careful step by step walkthrough to thelp me activate/access the contents of my "E" drive, especially "my shared folder". and hopefully i don't have to indo anything i've done already. for example, the "my shared folder" icon now shows a folder with a hand underneath it, as does the stones' "beggar's banquet" folder. please elt me know if you need any system info, etc. my xp home is the 32-bit variety, i have sp3- anything else? oh, like "read the directions?" OK, here ya go:

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 510 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 152625 MB, Free - 15114 MB; E: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 42358 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0F5949
    Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    fervent thanks in advance-
    mezz
     
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  3. mezzerooni

    mezzerooni Thread Starter

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    hi, mark-

    well, i guess it was finally my time- and THANK YOU, before i go any farther. i had tried other methods of taking ownership, but without effect. it might have been due to my not having windows 7 or running vista and possibly misunderstanding the MS instructions.
    and even today, i was able to get ownership of one folder (an album), but then not with others. finally realized i was not doing the steps in the PRECISE order laid out in the article. it now looks like i am in business.
    it looked as though i was going to have to do each folder (album, or subfolder) individually, but as i type this it seems to be changing the permoissions for the whole of "my shared folder".
    thanks for zeroing in on my problem so quickly. two days of trying to navigate the MS help articles. problem solved in less than an hour with your help. in fact, guess i better mark this "solved".
    mezz
     
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