Can't access data on a mounted folder nor encrypted files from old computer

By wonderworm1 ·
OK, I use XP and just to do something different I mounted a 30GB folder (no drive letter needed in windows explorer) and stored alot of information in it. Then, I upgraded to a new PC with a new XP install and used the original PC disk drive as a second disk. However, now using the new XP install I am unable to access the 30GB folder that I had mounted with the previous OS. XP gives me the following message when I try to access the folder now:

"F:\30GB Down refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location."

I then tried to use the original disk as my boot disk so I could use the original install to still access the mounted folder but the install blue screens on boot up and even rebuilding the OS from the windows install disk did not allow the old OS to boot up on the new computer.

If anyone has any idea how I can access this data please post.

I also have the exact same issue with some files I encrypted on my old PC, but forgot to unencrypt before moving to the new OS. I think I am screwed there also since I did not set a recovery agent and I am unable to boot into the original OS (original logon certificate is gone) due to blue screening.

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Well the first bit is easy

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Can't access data on a mo ...

You need to Take Ownership of the files by following the directions here


Now for the problem part if you have removed the Original OS you will have deleted the Encryption Keys and what is stored in that folder will be JUNK! M$ best advice will be To Find a Good Hacker to break the Encryption.

However if the Original OS is still in place you can recover the encryption Key by following the direct ins here


It will make things much easier if you could replace this drive back into the computer as a Boot Drive that it originally came from as it will make it easier to recover the encryption keys but if that isn't possible it's still possible to recover the keys from the Non Running Windows XP install though no where near as easy.

If you wish to persist with XP Encryption you really should make regular Backups of both your Data & Encryption Keys so that you don't run the risk of loosing everything when you suffer a HDD Crash or failure.


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Repairing the OS is the only way.

by wonderworm1 In reply to Well the first bit is eas ...

Thanks for the help. Unfortunately, I have no security tab and it says "unknown location" in properties for the target location.

I think my only chance is to somehow get the original OS repaired where it will boot and I can login. If there are any experts in this regard, thanks in advance.

Is there a way I could copy the c:\windows folder from a working xp install onto the broken install? Or somehow copy part of the registry from a working OS to the damaged one? I have access to the entire folder structure of the Blue Screening OS so I can add or delete anything.

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OH you have a nasty one there

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Repairing the OS is the o ...

The first thing is You Can Not copy over different Windows Components to the problem install as it may remove The Encryption Key/s. Once you loose those you will loose access to your data and that isn't something that you really want to do.

Similarly you can not run a Repair Install or In Place Install as both of these will over write the encryption key/s and you'll loose your data that way as well.

Perhaps running SFC from the Run Box will cure your problem with that OS by removing any corrupted files and replacing them with the original XP Files but I would have a copy first just in case you loose the Encryption Key/s so if that happens you have something to fall back onto to recover from.

I generally run a Live Linux that can read a NTFS Partition like Knoppix to do things like this but as you already have another copy of Windows running that should give you access to the System though it may not allow you complete access as some things that are not installed in the Working OS may not appear as visible in the nonworking one.

If you can get a copy on Knoppix quickly I would boot off that and then proceed to save the encryption key/s to some other media before you go any further. You can download a copy or buy from here if necessary



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