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Gateway Notebook Computer--want to copy hard drive to new computer

By MarleneTrice ·
I have a Gateway Notebook Computer, Model MP8708, which ran on XP.

The female plug was no longer working with the power cord, and the battery wouldn't hold a charge. The computer is inoperable without the power cord so it is not an option to turn my old Gateway computer back on. Rather than invest money in repairs for a computer that is many years old, I bought a new computer.

On the (original) Gateway computer, I had my computer set up to always request my password before it would allow access after 5 minutes of non-use transpired, or whenever the computer went into hibernation or was turned off.

The original Gateway hard drive was removed so I could copy and/or move my files from the old hard drive to my new Acer notebook computer's hard drive, and I have a device that allows me to use a USB to connect it to my new computer.

The new Acer runs on Windows 7.

-- When I try to drag a single file onto my new hard drive, I get this: "File Access Denied. You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file." If I click on CONTINUE, I get "File Access Denied. You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this file."

-- When I try to drag an entire file folder from my old hard drive to my new computer's hard drive, I get: "Folder Access Denied. You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this folder." When I click on CONTINUE, I get: "Folder Access Denied. You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this folder."

I am assuming this is because I had a password set up, which I **DO** know the password.

How do I get the old hard drive to let me copy and/or move these files? They are MS Word files as well as jpg, or audio files, etc., not computer programs.

Thank you.

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