Accessing old Documents Folder

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Gesia, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. Gesia

    Gesia New Member

    Jul 28, 2014
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    Hey guys,
    My windows had crashed pretty bad and since it was cluttered anyway, I decided to make a clean start. since I just bought a new harddrive it seemed like the perfect moment anyway.
    So I installed Windows 7 to the new harddrive, leaving the old one with windows and everything, and after all the installation stuff, I wanted to save my Data to my new harddrive, completly format the old one and use it as backup.
    Everything went smoothly, but unfortunatly I forgot some rather important documents in my "Downloads" Folder. Now from the new Windows I cant reach them because the access is denied, but the old windows wont boot up...
    Also, I can't format the old harddrive, because according to windows its a system partition and they cant be formatted.

    Anyone got some solution? Would be greatly appreciated!
  2. strollin

    strollin Senior Member

    Jul 21, 2013
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    You need to "take ownership" of the documents folder on the old drive. Here's an MS article on how to do that:

    Once you have the data copied off, you can go into Disk Management and delete the partitions, then create new ones and format them.

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