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XP Reinstall/Repair and Private folders

By nanakontihene ·
My PC has 2 HDD one is 20gb the other is 80gb, both running WinXP pro. The PC started freezing frequently on the 80gig HD. So I decided to reinstall windows to correct the problem. However, during installation the PC froze and thus it has become somewhat impossible to reinstall without formating the drive. I have some important works on this drive, so I cannot afford to loose them.
I can boot the 20gig HDD and access the sick 80gig HDD but the problem is that the folders containing the files are private and as such I cannot open or copy or them.

1.Can some one help me reinstall/repair the windows without formatting the HDD
2.Or make the folders accessible?

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by tennisfz In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

start by backing up your data and undo any changes you have made to your os such as installing a new program or device.

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by iCreate In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

Being that you are running XP Pro, if you boot into windows on
the 20 gig one, then open any explorer window.

Go to Tools > Folder Options.
Under the advanced tab, somewhere (near the bottom I think,
can't check as reinstalling windows myself now) is a checkbox
labeled 'Use Simple Windows Filesharing' or something similar.

Uncheck that, and then go to the properties of the private folder.
Under the sharing tabs you can then change the folders
permissions to include your user account on the current
windows installation.

I can't remember off hand whether you need to share the folder
and set the permissions, or just set the permissions but I had
the same problem as you and that is the solution I used.

Also, you can run XP setup and when setup picks up the
installation on the 80 gig drive, you will have the option to
repair that installation.

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