Folder access security

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I have an interesting security experience in trying to recover some files from an MR7 image copy after a clean install.

Steps:
1. Make an image copy of a Win 10 or Win 11 BETA C: drive
2. Clean install Win 11. The install created a new user account ID (using 1st 5 char of my MS email). This is different from Win 10 where I had a choice to define my account ID. Yes, alternative procedures could be used to create a specific account ID.
3. Open MR
4. select Restore
5. select the Image copy file, click on Browse Image and mount it as a virtual drive (X:)
6. navigate to X:\Users\account ID.

This produces a message "You currently don't have permission to access this folder". I guess this is part of Windows file security protection.

The workaround:
- reboot to the bootable MR7 Rescue drive/partition
- perform steps #4 & #5. I now have access to the User\account ID folder with the simplified MR7 file list. Drop down to the command prompt, and I can now copy any of the folders/file in the account to the C: drive.

The alternative to access that folder would have been to make a current image copy, restore the old image copy, copy the required folders/files, and then restore the current image.

Hope this helps anyone who does a clean install and needs some data from the old image copy.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP / Spectre x360 Convertible 13
    CPU
    i5-8250U
    Motherboard
    83B9 56.50
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio(SST)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 256GB SSD
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    Firefox, Edge
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5. select the Image copy file, click on Browse Image and mount it as a virtual drive (X: )
6. navigate to X:\Users\account ID.

This produces a message "You currently don't have permission to access this folder". I guess this is part of Windows file security protection.
When you mount a Macrium image, by default it has all the security permissions of the system you imaged. And if that was from a different install of Windows then even if the user names are the same, the SID for that user will be different. You'd need to take ownership to access such files or folders, and by default a mounted Macrium image is read only.

So just tick the box at the bottom to enable access to restricted folders when you next mount an image ;)

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. Now 11 has been released it has been re-imaged back to 10 and awaits the upgrade to be offered in Windows Update.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Missed that little check box. Learned something new today. Thanks!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP / Spectre x360 Convertible 13
    CPU
    i5-8250U
    Motherboard
    83B9 56.50
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio(SST)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 256GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    500Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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