Re-gain permission to a Windows volume

Ever lost Windows access to an entire partition?  It’s not a common issue, but it does creep up with USB drives as they move from one system to another.  If you find yourself in this situation you can take ownership of the entire volume and reset all of the permissions either via the command line (as administrator) as shown below (drive letter in this example is E):

TAKEOWN /F E:\ /R /D /Y

This can also be done via the GUI:

  • Right click on the drive letter in Windows Explorer
  • Select “Properties”
  • Click on the “Security” tab
  • At the bottom of the window that pops up, select “Advanced”
  • In the new window that pops up, click on “Owner”
  • Select “edit”
  • Choose your account name.
  • Clock the checkbox to “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”
  • Hit Apply.

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