How to recover password protected data from a now external hard drive.

By schocie1 ·
The laptop is bad, however the hard drive is good and now in an external hard drive case. I can get to all share data, but cannot access the OWNER data folder. Access is denied. I have the original password from the locked data so how do I retrive all locked information such as word documents and pictures, contacts and emails. Running windows XP.

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Windows XP Home or Professional?

by nentech In reply to How to recover password p ...

If you use XP Home

You will need to start your computer in safe mode
Then logon as the administrator
Then follow the instructions for XP Professional

If you use XP Professional

Click on the owner folder move the mouse up to file and click on it
Choose sharing and Security
Choose the Security tab
Click on Advanced
Choose the owner tab

Select your user name from the list under Change owner to
Turn on the tick by Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
Click Apply/OK

Just confirm for each permission request

This should give you folder access


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Access to OWNER files on external hard drive

by schocie1 In reply to Windows XP Home or Profes ...

Thank you very much ... everything worked exactly as stated. My mother - in law is happy all her recipes, letters, family history, etc etc has been recovered!

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Glad to hear it

by nentech In reply to Access to OWNER files on ...

Nice to get some feedback


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by kevinromain In reply to Windows XP Home or Profes ...

What if you've lost or do not have the administrator password?

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That worked

by antscape In reply to Windows XP Home or Profes ...

That was great that worked thanks a lot.

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Laptop revived

by tkg713 In reply to Windows XP Home or Profes ...

The laptop that crashed previously (and I have successfully extracted the data using the method - thanks!) is now revived by a second-hand service tech guy.

However, I have already changed the "OWNER" from the original user to a revised user name.

Will the harddisk continue to work as before when I eventually plug in the harddisk back to the laptop? Otherwise, is there a way to restore the Owner to the original user?

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No Security Tab found

by drtracht In reply to Windows XP Home or Profes ...

Hi, I have the same problem trying to recover my files. Right now I am running my old hard drive through an external casing (USB connected) to drag and drop my files onto another computer for backup. My access is getting denied for just one folder I have left to backup. When I right click on that folder, under properties, there is no security tab. There is only a "general" and "customize" tab. Alternatively, I cannot locate the "sharing and security" option you refer to. Please help!

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Posting this in 10 places won't help, but this will...

by seanferd In reply to No Security Tab found

Turn off Simple File Sharing.
Tools → Folder Options & rarr View &rarr and un-check Simple File Sharing at the bottom of the Advanced list.

you should get Sharing and Security tabs now. If not, reboot. Make sure you are logged on in an Admin account.

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Same thing in my case...

by mrbrianrichards In reply to How to recover password p ...

The same thing occurred to me, so I pulled out the 2.5" HDD and tried to access the files, but just like the original poster, I ran into the password lock. I see that there is an answer for XP users, but my new laptop is running off Vista. How would I go about accessing my files? Thank you so much.

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