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Old IDE drive has password from OS need it on new machine

By gregory.knight1 ·
Hi, Can anyone help.
I have an old dead Dell Inspirion laptop (broken screen) I am trying to take out its hard drive and mount it to my new Dell M65. I brought a caddy to put the old drive in. Via USB it works fine with my new lap top. The trouble is all the info I need off of it is in my documants. I get "Access denied" everytime I try to open that file. I did have a password on the boot screen of XP proffessional. I really need to work this out.
Very greatfull for any help.

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The problem is not the password

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Old IDE drive has passwor ...

You need to take ownership of the files by following the directions here


If you have encrypted the files you'll need to recover the encryption Key by following the directions here though when the OS is no longer the working OS it makes things harder to achieve.


But it should just be a simple matter of taking Ownership of the Files and you'll then be able to do with them as you please.

Next time remember to backup everything that is important or you could find yourself spending thousands of $ to recover the data or worse still if the NB is stolen be unable to recover anything at all so you'll loose everything and none of it can be replaced.


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