how to access the administrator folder on external hard drive?

By nongenius ·
hi all, my laptop died and (i think i fried the motherboard) and i desperately need to rescue some docs from my hard drive ASAP. i bought a cheap external hard drive case and installed my laptop hdd so i can hook it up to a friend's computer and hopefully save my docs. i don't have the money or parts right now to fix my laptop.
i can open up my hard drive and have access to certain parts, like the program files, etc... but what i need are docs that i kept in "My Documents" folder and on my desktop. The only way (i think) i can get access to them is through f:\documents and settings\administrator folder. however, when i try to open the administrator folder, an error message pops up with: "f:\documents and settings\administrator is not accessible. Access is denied." i had password on my welcome screen for window xp does that matter? i haven't been prompted for it when trying to access the administrator folder.

what sucks is that i can access f:\documents and settings\guest and see guest docs, but that's not what i need. Can u help?

I've tried changing the read-only setting & sharing the folder, but no success. thanks

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You need to take ownership of the files

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to how to access the adminis ...

Follow the directions here and you'll be fine

Also if you encrypted the files you'll need to save the encryption Key/s which can be achieved by following the directions here for any Windows Encryption

Though if your NB was an IBM T40 series the Encryption Keys will be on a chip on the M'Board and to remove the encryption you'll need to go to IBM for a fix.


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still cannot access

by pcmactechnitian In reply to how to access the adminis ...

none those articles work for XP pro, on laptop external hard drive, still cannot access folders

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Have you tried booting up with a Live Cd

by markp24 In reply to how to access the adminis ...


I have used live CDs to do this type of data coping (ie UBCD4Win, Ubuntu Live Cds, and Other variants of Linux Live CDs, ) they seem to go right in and work fine.

if you want more info let me know

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