Reset the owners of the c drive


The boot sector of my IBM Deskstar 40GB harddrive somehow got corrupted. I am no longer able to normally boot from it, but I can boot to safe mode. My problem is, much of the data on the drive were written using Windows default encryption feature. No matter how I try to access the files Windows tells me "Access Denied" and that the files do not belong to me. I've tried to access them via booting to safe mood under both my old account and administrator account, and accessing the files via booting from another hard drive. No matter what I do, I can't access my personal files anymore.

I'm at a lose for things to try. What can I do now? =(

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Disperately in need of advice,



This question was answered on November 18, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.


Try this:

You need to right click the drive, i'm guessing its your c drive,go to properties,security,advanced,ownership,take ownership and then go back and add yourself with full control of the drive also you want to filter down to the child objects

Maybe a simpler way of doing it is:

Select the drive you having the problems with, I'm thinking its your c drive,right click and select properties and then select security/advanced/owner and reset the owners of the c drive I think the issue is with the SID?The accounts have now changed as you have re-installed the OS)so the old SIDs are no longer recognized

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Posted by Dan of Mesa Community College on November 18, 2002