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The Vista machine runs fine; but, I need to back up its data and do a factory system recovery. I removed its hard disk and connected it to a Windows XP Pro system with the intention of backing up all the User data; but, when I click on many of the folders within the Users folder, I get "Access Denied" errors.

I attempted to take ownership of the folders; but, that tab is missing from the right click. (Simple File Sharing is turned off.) To be clear, that tab is missing only on the folders that are inaccessible.

How can I get access to these folders?

So this thread doesn't get sidetracked, I already know I could simply put the hard disk back into the original Vista system and do the backup there; but, I need to solve this problem this way because I have to do this occasionally on systems where Vista will not run. So, I need to know how do gain access to these "Access Denied" folders from the XP Pro system.
 

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Which file system is the drive formated?

With NTFS: Take ownership is not a tab. Rather, it is accessed on a subset dialog box that is found on the Security tab.
 

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There are several folders that aren't really folders, but are Junction Points/Symbolic Links. They are there only for backwards compatibility and don't actually contain anything. These will not have a Security tab.
Under Users:

  • All Users
  • Default User
Under Users\Username:

  • Application Data
  • Cookies
  • Local Settings
  • My Documents
  • NetHood
  • PrintHood
  • Recent
  • Send to
  • Start Menu
  • Templates

They don't contain anything, so there is nothing to backup. I'm not sure how to backup the actual Junction Points/Symbolic Links from XP though.
 

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One of the folders I'm locked out of is \Users\UserName\Documents (not the same as the non-existent My Documents).

Thanks for the info about All Users and Default User. Although I never find anything to back up in Default User, I do (or did) in All Users.
 

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Don't have an answer for the Documents folder. I haven't had any issues accessing any of them from an XP system. I was logged into XP using the Administrator account; don't know if that would make a difference.
And the Vista drive was a clean install, not an upgrade or dual boot setup

The Vista equivalent of the XP All Users folder is the C:\ProgramData folder, so don't forget to back that up as well. It's easy to overlook as it's no longer grouped with the User accounts as All Users is in XP
 
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