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Unlocking A Password Protected File

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Unlocking A Password Protected File

ishaanfireheart
I had a computer about 6 years old.
i disposed it but i kept the hard-disk
since, the Login ID of my computer was password protected...
now i am not able to work on those files since they are password protected.

How should I unlock the files of the hard-disk so that i can work on them?

OS of my old computer: Windows XP
My current OS: Windows 7

Please HELP!!!
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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    TR members do not assist in password recovery or removal. Do not respond to this thread.

    We, the members of TechRepublic - A Resource for IT Professionals, will not assist anyone in the recovery/removal of lost passwords. You may have a legitimate reason to recover/remove a password. However, we cannot verify your motives and will therefore not assist anyone in what may be an attempt at gaining unauthorized access to a computer system. Due to the open nature of this forum, any assistance given to help circumvent security measures, even for legitimate purposes, would be available for unscrupulous individuals to use for illegitimate purposes. This is a risk that we, the members of TechRepublic, will not take. Please do not ask questions of this nature on TechRepublic.

    If you have a legitimate need to circumvent a password scheme, please contact your local computer repair store or the vendor for the software/hardware and request their assistance. E.g. Windows XP password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Microsoft's technical support, Phoenix BIOS password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Phoenix Technologies, hard drive password recovery/removal should be taken up with the manufacturer of the hard drive, etc...

    To those viewing this post: Please DO NOT respond any further to this thread. This will cause TechRepublic's forums to show up in a search engine's results for key words that relate to password cracking which, in turn, could lead to more password cracking questions.

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    ishaanfireheart

    Look, I remember the login ID n the Password...
    but i dont know from how am i supposed to open the file...

    i understand that it could cause a threat, i am following the legal routes..
    how am i supposed to unlock the file since i know that id and the password?
    is there any way to do so?

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    cmiller5400

    If you encrypted the files with EFS you are SOL (Bleep - Out - of Luck) unless you can somehow get that drive to boot up on a computer into win XP to decrypt the files.

    If it is just an NTFS permissions issue - I give up on posting links. So go Google or Bing "how to take ownership of a folder in windows 7"

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    ishaanfireheart

    how am i supposed to boot into winXP using d version in my hardrive???

    i tried using the version in my laptop but it doesnt work..

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    have you slaved it to your new pc with win7 on it? or have you reformatted the xp drive with win7?

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    ishaanfireheart

    i dint do any thing...
    i dont hav any idea wat to do....

    all i did was to remove d hardrive frm my computer containin XP
    n using it as a xternal hardrive in my laptop wid win7

    bt my important files are in "my documents" n i cant acces dat cuz its password protectd...

    is dr anyway to open it wid d login password...??

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    cmiller5400

    Have you tried taking ownership of the files in win 7? Win 7 will honor the NTFS security permissions of the win XP drive...

    Google or Bing "how to take ownership of a folder in windows 7"

    And as I said before... If you ENCRYPTED the files with EFS within Windows XP, you are out of luck unless you can boot into the XP drive somehow and login to the account (with your password) or you made a backup of your private EFS key.

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    ishaanfireheart

    thanx...
    that did it...
    thank you very much!!!

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    TR members do not assist in password recovery or removal. Do not respond to this thread.

    We, the members of TechRepublic - A Resource for IT Professionals, will not assist anyone in the recovery/removal of lost passwords. You may have a legitimate reason to recover/remove a password. However, we cannot verify your motives and will therefore not assist anyone in what may be an attempt at gaining unauthorized access to a computer system. Due to the open nature of this forum, any assistance given to help circumvent security measures, even for legitimate purposes, would be available for unscrupulous individuals to use for illegitimate purposes. This is a risk that we, the members of TechRepublic, will not take. Please do not ask questions of this nature on TechRepublic.

    If you have a legitimate need to circumvent a password scheme, please contact your local computer repair store or the vendor for the software/hardware and request their assistance. E.g. Windows XP password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Microsoft's technical support, Phoenix BIOS password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Phoenix Technologies, hard drive password recovery/removal should be taken up with the manufacturer of the hard drive, etc...

    To those viewing this post: Please DO NOT respond any further to this thread. This will cause TechRepublic's forums to show up in a search engine's results for key words that relate to password cracking which, in turn, could lead to more password cracking questions.

    This template has been released under the GNU public license and you are encouraged to use it as a standard reply for questions of similar nature, provided that you make any modifications available to other users.

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    ishaanfireheart

    Look, I remember the login ID n the Password...
    but i dont know from how am i supposed to open the file...

    i understand that it could cause a threat, i am following the legal routes..
    how am i supposed to unlock the file since i know that id and the password?
    is there any way to do so?

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    cmiller5400

    If you encrypted the files with EFS you are SOL (Bleep - Out - of Luck) unless you can somehow get that drive to boot up on a computer into win XP to decrypt the files.

    If it is just an NTFS permissions issue - I give up on posting links. So go Google or Bing "how to take ownership of a folder in windows 7"

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    ishaanfireheart

    how am i supposed to boot into winXP using d version in my hardrive???

    i tried using the version in my laptop but it doesnt work..

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    have you slaved it to your new pc with win7 on it? or have you reformatted the xp drive with win7?

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    ishaanfireheart

    i dint do any thing...
    i dont hav any idea wat to do....

    all i did was to remove d hardrive frm my computer containin XP
    n using it as a xternal hardrive in my laptop wid win7

    bt my important files are in "my documents" n i cant acces dat cuz its password protectd...

    is dr anyway to open it wid d login password...??

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    cmiller5400

    Have you tried taking ownership of the files in win 7? Win 7 will honor the NTFS security permissions of the win XP drive...

    Google or Bing "how to take ownership of a folder in windows 7"

    And as I said before... If you ENCRYPTED the files with EFS within Windows XP, you are out of luck unless you can boot into the XP drive somehow and login to the account (with your password) or you made a backup of your private EFS key.

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    ishaanfireheart

    thanx...
    that did it...
    thank you very much!!!