Can't access files

I have a WD My Passport Ultra which I used to backup my files from my laptop.  A week later, the HDD on my laptop died and had to get it replaced.  Since my laptop came automatically with a preinstalled version of Windows 7, I also had to order a Windows 7 startup kit from Lenovo.  

After I booted my new version of Windows, I transferred all of my stuff from the external harddrive onto the laptop, but now I can’t access the files.  Everytime I try to open a doc, picture, video or music a dialog box opens up saying that “user doesn’t have privelages”.  

I am not really sure what to do…I have tried going through Properties > Security > and allowing for access that way, but it doesn’t seem to work.  Does anyone have suggestions?

Hi there, welcome to the community, you will need to take ownership of the files in order to be able to access them.

Take a look at this link