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Accessing Documents and Settings

By lostthelead ·
Guys, I need some help.

A few months ago my hard computer went wrong and I could no longer boot off the Hard drive.
In a desperate bid to recover the contents off my HDD I placed my CORRUPTED? one into my mates machine. He is running XP PRO, so i used his hard disk to get into windows then I could see my drive and access much of its content. Sadly, ALL of the content I really want is in Documents and Settings/USERNAME/Desktop etc, but when I try to get into here it says ACCESS DENIED.

Can anyone please please help? I am desperate to obtain a few documents off here.
All I did was place my UNBOOTABLE drive into a spare socket on my mates motherboard and read the content from his windows.
I heard something about slave settings?
I do not know much, so is there something I need to do?

My theory is that there must be some sort of permissions thing on there. I was ADMIN on my old account and I still remember the password.

If anyone can help it would be great thanks!


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Lots of Luck you're going to need it

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Accessing Documents and S ...

As you didn't say which version of Windows you where running in the first place but under XP everything that was not created by the user and is added via a second HDD is locked to the original users account and even if you fit the "Boot" drive as a slave drive you will be unable to access the data as Windows seems to think that even with Admin privileges it is not valid/appropriate data that you are trying to recover.

It is singed by whatever version of Windows that you where using and given a unique identification number and if it isn't accessed on the original load of the OS it is unreadable unless you are prepared to send the drive away to a data recovery business to recover the data.

Sorry that I couldn't be more helpful here but I have a similar problem with an old boot drive with 10 GIG of stored E-Mails that are unreadable.

Microsoft's answer was to send the drive to a recovery company to recover the data which I'll do if there are any legal problems that arise form an e-mail that was supposed to be sent from here but otherwise it is just wasted space on a now stored HDD.


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NT premissions

by Don_C In reply to Accessing Documents and S ...

If your buddy is runing pro and using NTFS the copy the folder to a NTFS volume and change permission to take ownership then recover the files

Not to be rude but Q&A would be nice

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