Wow that was fast! thank you both for your quick responses,
well originally i was using xp when i first messed around with the permissions ( which is why they are screwed up now) my stupidity
but im running windows 7 now , although these folders and files are on my extremal hard drive, i cannot copy them in normal mode thats for sure. shall i try the above in safe mode on windows 7?
i really hope i can finally fix this problem. its been a right pain for a while now.
thanks again for your time