I just got a new computer and i recently added my old hardrive to this new pc. its from an older compaq. Everything went smoothly, but now i cant really access anything. i cant view any of my pictures or anything. how do i unlock it to get full access?
Slow down, do NOT use Disk Management to Initialize the old drive unless you want to DELETE ALL its old contents. I suspect (you don't say) you have old files on it you want to use.
Explain a little further "now i cant really access anything". Does your machine boot up into Windows? When you go to My Computer what drives exist there? Can you use your original C: drive (and any others you had)? Is your problem only an inability to use the old drive, or can you not see any files anywhere? Does the machine give you any error messages as you try to use the drives?
Yeah everything boots up just fine. I can see the files and i even made it so i can open them, but a lot of the files wont show the information. For instance, when i try to view my pictures, it says that the photoviewer cant open it because i don't have the permission. A lot of the files are like this.
Yes, this is an issue of who has access to drives, folders and files, and it seems to appear often when OS upgrades involve moving a hard drive with old files. I have not dealt with this myself, but I know it's a Windows issue many have fixed. Someone else can offer specific help, I'm sure.
How do i get full permission over this hardrive from my new computer? Ive gone to the properties and obtained some authority over certain files, but i cant view them. For instance, when I try to view my pictures I can see the icon but i cant view the picture.