My server (Windows2000 server) hard drive crashed. I want to copy the data from the d: drive. I took it out and connected it by USB to my laptop (WindowsXP Pro) when I try to copy it says it can't read the files. I can see them in my file manager, but can't copy them. I have changed permissions but it made no difference.
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If your account doesn't own the files then you have to take ownership of them in order to change the permissions. Look for the "Owner" tab in the security dialogue box.