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Hard Drive Folder Access Denied

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#1 CallusDew


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Posted 06 February 2008 - 08:14 AM

I had to pull a hard drive out of an old computer this past weekend (the computer is now gone). I realized I never deleted my Windows XP password. Now, when I'm trying to access my folders (desktop, documents, etc), I get and access is denied message and it won't let me in. Unfortunately, when I tried just plugging the drive in internally, Windows wouldn't boot up (either in regular or safe mode). Can anyone help me find a way around this so I can access my data? Thanks!

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 06 February 2008 - 04:22 PM

Did you receive a specific request for a password...or are you just assuming that's the problem?

I guess that I'm curious how you connected the drive...when you discovered all this...if the system won't boot wth the drive connected?

One possible factor to be considered: Did you change the jumper setting when you tried to boot from connecting to the PC?

That Access Is Denied message frequently happens when moving a boot drive from one system to another...what has to happen (in some cases) is the user must take ownership of the files/folders which belonged to the former system/owner (My Docs, Docs & Settings, etc.): How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

None of this may apply in your case.


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