How do I change permissions on files when moving a hard drive to another computer?

by on January 3, 2009

Q: Hi, i have recently upgraded my computer. I have moved my hard drive from my old machine to my new one which runs vista 64bit version.

Some how the permissions of the files on the old hard drive got changed, the file names appeared in red and i was unable to open them for reading or writing. I have followed the windows instructions, ie changing ownership etc but to no avail. I came across a tutorial which suggested I remove all permission groups and start again. This has left me unable to access the drive at all, I can’t even see the space usage, the properties give no information at all.

I am tearing my hair out, I need those files, can you help me access the drive and get my permissions back?