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Access Doc & Setting folder on old hard drive now as slave

By joshuakmbl ·
My friend's computer was not loading into windows. We pulled out old drive and put in a new one and installed XP Pro. After install was complete we installed old drive as slave and are able to access most of the files, but we can't access the user file in Documents and Settings. He had a password to get into windows with this old drive. How can we access his user file on the old drive?

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long way home

by bldsm In reply to Access Doc & Setting fold ...

Can you create a boot disk on a usb drive using the current pc setup, then place the old hard drive in as the master drive. Boot from the usb drive then copy all the settings files onto a folder on that hard drive away from the doc&settings folder. Swap drives around and you will have all files in another folder without restrictions.

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Fairly easily

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Access Doc & Setting fold ...

If there was just a Password used and no Encrypted File System all you need do is to Take Ownership of the Files by following the directions here


If your friend was using EFS you'll also need to save a copy of the Encryption Key by following the directions here


When you get the data recovered show him how to start some form of DR Planning so that when they have a HDD Failure all their data isn't lost and cost thousands of $ to recover. They now have a spare HDD which can be placed into an external USB Caddy and used to save the data as required.

You can also pickup any E-Mail and address Book by unhidding the folders and tracing the various folders in the Account of the user & then import them back into the proper E-Mail client through the File Import option on the Menu.


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by joshuakmbl In reply to Fairly easily

Thank you to both of you.

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