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Access & permissions for a 2nd hard drive from 2 different Win7 installs

  • Partition
  • Windows 7
  • Hard Drives
  • Permissions
Last response: in Windows 7
February 18, 2014 6:17:27 PM

I gave my wife her own partition and Windows 7 installation because she has a tendency to install spyware and other junk. To keep things clean on "my end," I run my own partition of Win7. So we have a dual boot setup on one hard drive, a 300GB data drive for my wife, and a 1 TB data drive which contains mostly music, backups, photos, etc. I want to give my wife read only access to the 1 TB drive so she can listen to my music without accidentally deleting it or overwriting the tags.

I searched Google and found what I thought was a solution: using the built-in Security tab in Windows Explorer to set up permissions. I ended up giving her read access, but took away any access whatsoever for my Win7 installation.

Luckily I was able to reverse this action without data loss, but I have yet to figure out a way to keep read/write access for myself on this drive, while simultaneously giving my wife's Win7 read only access.

Is there a way to do this?

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February 18, 2014 6:25:34 PM

It will be easier to create a 2nd User account with limited access, wich is blocked by UAC [User Account Control] and you can edit/manage Permissions much easier that way.
- UAC will not allow installation or any other changes to the system.
- Permissions can be set by User and will not affect your own permissions/access.

I have nothing for the partion setup atm unfortuantely, but I think this will work alot better then trying to manage 2 different Windows Partitions.