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Using an old hard drive with a laptop

By hdelvall ·
So, I have a laptop with Windows Vista (crappy, I know). I also have a desktop that recently died, kind of. I took the hard drive out of it, bought an enclosure, and connected it to my laptop. All the files are there, but when I try to view some of the files, it says access is denied. Is there anything I can do to gain access to the files? I eventually just want to use the hard drive for storing all my music and pictures and whatnot. Please help!

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Check this Microsoft knowledge base bulletin

by nepenthe0 In reply to Using an old hard drive w ...
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I think the documents was protected!

by internetspider In reply to Using an old hard drive w ...

I think the documents was protected with password in your desktop pc. If it is important open it by Linux. otherwise format the drive.

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Depends on what was in use on the old computer

by OH Smeg In reply to Using an old hard drive w ...

If you had enabled Encryption they you are in a world of trouble as Vista doesn't support the older Encryption standards. You will need a working XP Computer and your Encryption Key to read these files.

If there was no encryption used you need to take ownership of these files. Look under Vista's Help Section to find out how to do this.

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