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  • I recently reinstalled my WHS on a completely new system - new mobo, harddrives etc. The old setup was using two disks, so is the new setup.
    After reinstalling I connected the old second harddrive (not the system drive) using an external usb interface. I then transfered all the files to the new shares. Apparantly this drived contained most of my data, but not all.
    I then connected the old system drive to the new WHS to transfer the remaining data - but I cannot access the files. I know that the WHS filesystem is a bit weird, but I expected to be able to copy the files that only existed on this drive. I can list all the files using windows explorer, but when i try to copy or open them i get a "The file cannot be accessed by the system" error.

    Any ideas on how to get these data back?

    Best regards,

    Kasper Hansen
    Friday, May 15, 2009 8:11 PM

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  • I recently reinstalled my WHS on a completely new system - new mobo, harddrives etc. The old setup was using two disks, so is the new setup.
    After reinstalling I connected the old second harddrive (not the system drive) using an external usb interface. I then transfered all the files to the new shares. Apparantly this drived contained most of my data, but not all.
    I then connected the old system drive to the new WHS to transfer the remaining data - but I cannot access the files. I know that the WHS filesystem is a bit weird, but I expected to be able to copy the files that only existed on this drive. I can list all the files using windows explorer, but when i try to copy or open them i get a "The file cannot be accessed by the system" error.

    Any ideas on how to get these data back?

    Best regards,

    Kasper Hansen

    Please see the steps in this FAQ and verify that you have pulled the data from the \DE folder(s).

    If you have copied the files from the \DE folders, then you may have to take ownership.

    To take ownership of a file or a folder

    How to take ownership of a file

    You must have ownership of a protected file in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the file by taking ownership.

    To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
    3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    4. In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

      The administrator or the administrators group now owns the file.
    To change the permissions on the file that you now own, follow these steps:
    1. Click Add.
    2. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to have access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
    3. Click OK.
    4. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
    5. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
    6. You can now access the file.

    How to take ownership of a folder

    You must have ownership of a protected folder in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the folder by taking ownership.

    To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
    3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    4. In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of the folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
    5. Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
      You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
      All permissions will be replaced if you click Yes.

      Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
    6. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

    Lara Jones [MSFT] | Program Manager
    Community Support and Beta | Windows Home Server Team
    Windows Home Server Team Blog
    Connect Windows Home Server
    Windows Home Server
    Friday, May 15, 2009 8:34 PM
    Moderator

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  • I recently reinstalled my WHS on a completely new system - new mobo, harddrives etc. The old setup was using two disks, so is the new setup.
    After reinstalling I connected the old second harddrive (not the system drive) using an external usb interface. I then transfered all the files to the new shares. Apparantly this drived contained most of my data, but not all.
    I then connected the old system drive to the new WHS to transfer the remaining data - but I cannot access the files. I know that the WHS filesystem is a bit weird, but I expected to be able to copy the files that only existed on this drive. I can list all the files using windows explorer, but when i try to copy or open them i get a "The file cannot be accessed by the system" error.

    Any ideas on how to get these data back?

    Best regards,

    Kasper Hansen

    Please see the steps in this FAQ and verify that you have pulled the data from the \DE folder(s).

    If you have copied the files from the \DE folders, then you may have to take ownership.

    To take ownership of a file or a folder

    How to take ownership of a file

    You must have ownership of a protected file in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the file by taking ownership.

    To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
    3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    4. In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

      The administrator or the administrators group now owns the file.
    To change the permissions on the file that you now own, follow these steps:
    1. Click Add.
    2. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to have access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
    3. Click OK.
    4. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
    5. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
    6. You can now access the file.

    How to take ownership of a folder

    You must have ownership of a protected folder in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the folder by taking ownership.

    To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
    3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    4. In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of the folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
    5. Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
      You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
      All permissions will be replaced if you click Yes.

      Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
    6. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

    Lara Jones [MSFT] | Program Manager
    Community Support and Beta | Windows Home Server Team
    Windows Home Server Team Blog
    Connect Windows Home Server
    Windows Home Server
    Friday, May 15, 2009 8:34 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks a lot - I didn't copy from the DE folder, but just the \shares folder.

    Best regards,

    Kasper Hansen
    Friday, May 15, 2009 8:49 PM