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how to access the administrator folder on external hard drive?

By nongenius ·
hi all, my laptop died and (i think i fried the motherboard) and i desperately need to rescue some docs from my hard drive ASAP. i bought a cheap external hard drive case and installed my laptop hdd so i can hook it up to a friend's computer and hopefully save my docs. i don't have the money or parts right now to fix my laptop.
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i can open up my hard drive and have access to certain parts, like the program files, etc... but what i need are docs that i kept in "My Documents" folder and on my desktop. The only way (i think) i can get access to them is through f:\documents and settings\administrator folder. however, when i try to open the administrator folder, an error message pops up with: "f:\documents and settings\administrator is not accessible. Access is denied." i had password on my welcome screen for window xp does that matter? i haven't been prompted for it when trying to access the administrator folder.

what sucks is that i can access f:\documents and settings\guest and see guest docs, but that's not what i need. Can u help?

I've tried changing the read-only setting & sharing the folder, but no success. thanks

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You need to take ownership of the files

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to how to access the adminis ...

Follow the directions here and you'll be fine

http://tinyurl.com/3aw7

Also if you encrypted the files you'll need to save the encryption Key/s which can be achieved by following the directions here for any Windows Encryption

http://tinyurl.com/orpmf

Though if your NB was an IBM T40 series the Encryption Keys will be on a chip on the M'Board and to remove the encryption you'll need to go to IBM for a fix.

Col

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still cannot access

by pcmactechnitian In reply to how to access the adminis ...

none those articles work for XP pro, on laptop external hard drive, still cannot access folders

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Have you tried booting up with a Live Cd

by markp24 In reply to how to access the adminis ...

Hi,

I have used live CDs to do this type of data coping (ie UBCD4Win, Ubuntu Live Cds, and Other variants of Linux Live CDs, ) they seem to go right in and work fine.

if you want more info let me know

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