PC blocking access

I recently purchased a new PC with Windows 8.  I have tried using my external hard drive to access pictures I had saved on it.  Most of the files/pictures open, but there are a few folders which I can not access stating I don’t have permission.  I researched getting permission to these folders, which I believe is correct, however now when I try to open the .jpg files in the folder I receive the following message: “We can’t get to this file because the PC has blocked access to it.”

These pictures are quite important as they are of my son so I desperately need to get them.  Can anyone help??

From Vista on sharing/permissions got to be a real pain. Try searching Take Ownership and see if that helps.