External Hard Drive

By davgunter ·
I had a desktop PC and the motherboard crashed. I removed the hard drive and connected to my laptop with a USB Enclosure.

How do I access the locked administrator folders? They are locked from the desktop Administrator ID. When I start up the laptop - I don't have permission to open folders.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Did you have

by Dumphrey In reply to External Hard Drive

filesystem encryption enabled on the desktop? if not, all you should need to do is access the external drive as an admin account and check permissions.

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I am Admin

by davgunter In reply to Did you have

Thanks for your quick reply:

I am Admin on both computers (laptop & desktop). There was a password linked to the Admin ID on desktop. There is no password on Laptop. I log on to the laptop as the Admin -but when I access the E drive (external hard drive) and try to open a folder that belonged to the Admin ID on the desktop - the connection is not being made - and I am told I do not have access.

Is there a way to modify a userprofile from the desktop hard drive, from the laptop? I need to someone remove the password requirment from the Admin ID from the desktop.

Again - thanks for any ideas.

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This could get ugly

by Dumphrey In reply to I am Admin

sounds like EFS was turned on on the desktop, and the security key is linked to the admin password on the old machine. You may have to dig into the registry on the desktop harddrive to remove a security key to allow you access. I personaly have no idea how to go about this. Back in the day, knoppix could "read through" EFS, but after SP2 this is no longer the case.

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If you were the admin on the computer

by Jesus_C In reply to External Hard Drive

use your own username and password or try 'administrator (asp.net)' with no password.

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Can You

by rkuhn In reply to External Hard Drive

Since you are the admin on the laptop, can you take ownership of the folders?

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good thought rickk

by Dumphrey In reply to Can You

well worth trying.

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Thanks Everyone

by davgunter In reply to good thought rickk

I want to thank everyone for their help. I found a great article from microsoft that solved everything

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP


- worked perfectly - and only took about 5 minutes.

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by rkuhn In reply to good thought rickk

Sometimes the hardest problems are solved with the simplest solutions.

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