posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 02:58 PM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Theoretically this should work in windows:
- Connect another drive either internal or externally (sata,ide or usb)
- make sure the drive is formatted to NTFS.
- Log in as administrator
- Create a folder on the new drive
- on the new folder right click and choose properties > security tab and set the permissions to 'full control' to 'users' and 'authenticated users'
- Copy all the files and folders into the new folder on the new volume.
The files will then inherit the permissions of the new folder (parent folder) on the new drive.
I say theoretically because i have not tried this with a LOT of files at one time in a complex hierarchy .
The logic behind this method is : when you copy files to a folder on a separate volume they will inherit the permissions of the new folder. This is
from Microsoft :
When you copy or move a file or folder on an NTFS volume, how Windows Explorer handles the permissions on the object varies, depending on whether
the object is copied or moved within the same NTFS volume or to a different volume. This article describes how Windows Explorer handles file and
folder permissions in different situations.
By default, an object inherits permissions from its parent object, either at the time of creation or when it is copied or moved to its parent folder.
The only exception to this rule occurs when you move an object to a different folder on the same volume. In this case, the original permissions are
So if the permissions on the new folder are set to full control to users they should change and the folder is on a different drive. But of course you
need to have permission to copy them in the first place and for that you will need to be logged in as an administrator.
Where you might encounter problems:
By default files and folders are set to inherit the permissions of the parent folder or volume BUT you can set folders to not inherit permissions. So
if there are any folders in the hierarchy that have this set then they probably wont be changed by sending them to the new folder. But you can try it
edit on 6-1-2013 by PhoenixOD because: (no reason given)