I have windows server 2012 r2 and two storage drive. lest say A and B. I have created users and given files and folder access in drive A but now it is crashed and now I want to give all the same user permission in Drive B. I have same folders in both drives. How can I achieve it? Is there any way to copy the access rights and permissions?

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    If drive A is inaccessible then there isn't any way to copy the folder permissions to drive B. – joeqwerty Jul 12 '18 at 11:17
  • but in case if it is accessible then is it possible? HOW? – Subham Jul 12 '18 at 11:30
  • You should have made your backups preserving permissions if they were intended for this scenario. – Esa Jokinen Jul 14 '18 at 7:18

With drive A being accessible as you added.

Robocopy is a built in tool that can do that. /E will give you all the subdirectories. Look into using it with the /sec flag, but /copyall is good too. You'll end up at something like this robocopy [source] [destination] /S /copyall. robocopy /? for more info.

xcopy is another built in tool you can use. xcopy [source] [destination] /S /K /O /X. xcopy /? for more info.


If drive A is accessible you can clone the permissions to drive B with a tool called Security Explorer by Quest (Buy or Free Try). It has an option to copy or clone the permissions to another object or folder. See the manual

Good Luck !

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