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Unable to see Documents & Settings folder

Hi, I am using Windows XP on my PC and have 4 accounts set up. Why can't I see more than just my own 'My Documents' when setting up a backup with my new FreeAgent 250?
The " My documents" refers only to my user account (pete) and if I expand the C: icon it does not contain the "Documents and Settings" folder. As all my Photos are stored under the C: 'Documents and settings' folder along with the other 3 account's 'My Documents' it is essential that I can see all these folders when setting up the backup rules on the FreeAgent.
So my question is, how can I configure the FreeAgent to automatically backup all these files? Regards Pete

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Re: Unable to see Documents & Settings folder

I don't know the software, but it sound to me like the other accounts have their documents folders set to private, or you have a limited account.

Either way you should go into user control panel and check the settings.

Start -> Control Panel -> Users

That's all I can suggest at this time.

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This issue may occur if the folder that you cannot open was created on an NTFS file system volume by using a previous installation of Windows, and then installing Windows XP. This issue may occur although you enter the correct user name and password. This issue occurs because the security ID for the user has changed. Although you use the same user name and password, your security ID no longer matches the security ID of the owner of the folder that you cannot open.

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Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and the folder contents.

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