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Strange Access Denied Problem on Windows XP

I hit a weird access denied problem in Windows XP tonight while backing up files from one NTFS hard drive to another. During the process, random files would report access denied. I basically can't do anything with the file. No copying. No deleting. No renaming. The following is an example on the "" file.

Error Copying File or Folder

Cannot copy OutputRecipes: Access is denied.

Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

I know that the destination drive is not full, because I had just formatted it. And it is the same size as the source drive. It is also not write protected, because other files copies just fine.

Anyone seen this weird phenomenon before? I am really baffled at what could cause this problem.

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 29 Aug 2007 08:50:46 +0000

Well, I got another one of these with regard to a directory on my photo storage drive. And I just can't have that. My photos are too precious. After digging around, I found that somehow Windows has reassigned those files/directories to other owners. Here are two articles to help you gain full control of your files and directories again:

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 11 Nov 2007 09:19:43 +0000

If you see this problem on Windows Vista, you can download this TakeControlOf.cmd batch file to solve your problem quickly.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 25 Jul 2008 00:25:13 +0000

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