alas. I spoke to soon. the chmod -R worked to a degree. It changed the permissions of the folders within the hard drive, however the permissions of the files within remained the same.
I also tried to use "chown" aswell, but the same result of the directories changing, and the files staying the same ocurred.
I feel it may be prudent to add that I had to download ntfs drivers from here
in order to mount the hard drive, because the ntfs file system appeared to not be supported in my version of fedora.