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"Access is Denied" Error Message Opening My Documents Folder On Old Hard Disk - Windows XP Security

I got an “Access is Denied” message when try to open the “My Documents” when my notebook died and I moved the hard disk onto my PC using a 2.5’ hard disk enclosure.

The problem is that the “My Documents” folder has security settings that need to be changed if you want to access the folder from a different Windows install. To fix the security problem you need to turn off Simple File Sharing:

  • Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  • From Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
  • Go to Advanced Settings and turn off the checkbox "Use simple file sharing (Recommended)" and click OK.
  • Right-click the problem folder and click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab and OK any Security message if one appears.
  • Click Advanced and then Owner tab.
  • In the Name list, click your user name you want to own the folder.
  • Click to select the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" check box and then OK.
  • Click Yes, for the security warning about granting full permission control
  • Click OK.