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Taking Control of "Access is Denied" Problems with Your Photos

I had been in Japan for a little more than three weeks recently. On this trip, I shot a lot of photos which I transferred to my Olympus S-HD-100 Hard Disc Drive Storage System (see my review on this site). Over the period of my stay, I used two different notebook computers to move photos from my memory cards to this external hard drive. One was running English version of Windows XP, while the other one was running Japanese version of Windows Vista.

Since then, I have constantly see "access is denied" messages when I try to access my files and directories related to my photos. In the latter part of my trip, I could not process photos at all due to this problem. This problem stems from Microsoft Windows' "broken" rights management system. Because I've used two different computers with two different user accounts, Windows has marked those files with the respective users and enabled access control. No amount of fiddling on the Japanese Windows Vista solves this problem. The rights management utility that is bundled with Windows Vista couldn't even give me permissions to those files.

That has prompted me to finish the TakeControl software that I started working on over the summer. I have finished it last night and have finally able to regain control of all my Japan trip photos. And now I am sharing this free software with you. If you are a traveling photographer that likes to bring a netbook to do all your photo transfers, while working on them at home with your primary computer, you'll find this utility extremely useful.

TakeControl is a free software that gives you full-administration rights to any file or any directory on Microsoft Windows XP and Vista. It can even recursively enter a directory and give you permission to all of its contents and the contents of its sub-directories. You can use it to acquire permission to a single file, a single directory, the content of an entire directory, or the content of an entire drive. It's extremely powerful with its command-line utilities and GUI drag-and-drop interface.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 01 Oct 2008 18:08:55 +0000

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