MS-DOS COPY Error: "Access is Denied"

Hello.
I had windows XP installed on my computer, when it failed. I used the xp installation CD to try to use MS-DOS to copy the "My documents" folder to my external hardrive before i wipe the hard drive. I am trying to copy C:\docume~1\anders~1\mydocu~1 to D:\. When i tried to copy them, it said below the command, "Access is denied". What am i doing wrong?
Sincerely,
Anonymous mad DOS user.
P.S. I am using a different computer to sent this message because MS-DOS is all i can use on my PC and I cant open WINDOWS XP.
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  1. Hello,

    Your not doing anything wrong, its the security feature of NTFS.
    May I enquire how your XP has failed?
  2. trist79 said:
    Hello.
    I had windows XP installed on my computer, when it failed. I used the xp installation CD to try to use MS-DOS to copy the "My documents" folder to my external hardrive before i wipe the hard drive. I am trying to copy C:\docume~1\anders~1\mydocu~1 to D:\. When i tried to copy them, it said below the command, "Access is denied". What am i doing wrong?
    Sincerely,
    Anonymous mad DOS user.
    P.S. I am using a different computer to sent this message because MS-DOS is all i can use on my PC and I cant open WINDOWS XP.


    D:\ is the CD drive. I don't think booting from a Windows XP CD loads the drivers for a USB external hard drive.

    Grumpy
  3. OK, got a bit of brain fade i think.

    Unplug your hard drive from your crashed pc, and plug it into the one your using to post on the forum here.
    Then just copy and paste what you want to the working pc.

    do your re install, and then transfer the files back again.
  4. Try this first.
    at the command prompt before using the copy command
    type C:\docume~1\anders~1\mydocu~1 attrib -r -a

    That should loosen it up by turning the read only and archive attributes off.

    Just remember to turn the back on by using the same command with + instead of the - symbol.
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