An error occurred applying attributes to the file?!?!!?

The problem reads:

An error occurred applying attributes to the file:

J:\ToTransfer\Untitled.png

Access is denied.

I was reformatting my computer and like always transferred all my files from my PC to my external hardrive. after i had finish with the installation i reconected my external harddrive to be able to copy my old files back. but i keep getting this error. i have tried looking for a solution but have not found one that will work.

Photo of error:
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/julian889/Untitled_zpsaa5434ec.png

Photo of settings for external hardrive:
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/julian889/Untitledq_zps0c33b037.png

Photo of owner settings for external hardrive:
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/julian889/Untitled22_zpsf3bff37a.png
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  1. I've never run across this nor do I have a solution, sorry. Your pics show j:\. Have you checked the permissions on the file in question? Perhaps they don't jive with the folder or drive permissions.
  2. try taking ownership of the disk.
  3. The OP's 3rd link clearly shows he has set ownership of the drive to "everyone". I wonder if everyone now has a different ID since he reinstalled windows.

    @OP, try removing everyone from ownership and use a different account, then click OK. Now go back and reset the ownership to everyone or whichever account you want.
  4. After running the Take Ownership Thing. i didn't see anything change much

    http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/julian889/big_zps5324418d.png

    I dont know if this helps.. could it be that i had encrypted my files on my OS and when i re Installed it has a different code and dose not authorized me to look at the files?

    this is what happens when i try and click off the option.

    http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/julian889/121212_zps3caf69ed.png
  5. Hawkeye22 said:
    I've never run across this nor do I have a solution, sorry. Your pics show j:\. Have you checked the permissions on the file in question? Perhaps they don't jive with the folder or drive permissions.


    im sorry im not understanding what your asking me to check.. can you explain a little deeper?
  6. Click on the Totransfer folder, right-click and selct properties. Check that it's permissions match the parent folder, j:\ in this case. Now, check the permissions on the actual file, Untitled.jpg and make sure everyone has permission on it also.

    You didn't mention encryption before. This could definately cause problems and there is usually no soution when it comes to encryption.
  7. Hawkeye22 said:
    Click on the Totransfer folder, right-click and selct properties. Check that it's permissions match the parent folder, j:\ in this case. Now, check the permissions on the actual file, Untitled.jpg and make sure everyone has permission on it also.

    You didn't mention encryption before. This could definately cause problems and there is usually no soution when it comes to encryption.


    there is no enter password to decrypt the files?

    I am thinking there has to be a way to fix this due to the fact that the files themselves have weight to them. so the information should be there? there
  8. If you used bitlocker or some 3rd party encrption, you will need that software to decrypt. if you used bitlocker you are probably out of luck as the key is stored in windows. When you reinstalled, you lost the key.
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