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I think this might be because I am not the owner. I have opened the folder as administrator and can view all the files but can't copy them because of the permissions. The old HDD is in a caddy connected by USB. I think I might have to recursively change owner of all sub folders in terminal?

  • why don't you provide what you've tried? – Private Oct 17 '14 at 10:05
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I worked it out.

sudo chown [new-owner] -R [folder]

-R does it recursively to all subfolders. Phew!

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