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Laptop Hardrive Problem


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#1 Jasonh1818

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:40 PM

ok my laptop was totally destroyed I dont know how all I know is I have important info on my hardrive that I need. I asked a buddy of mine to see if he could get the info off of it. he used a USB 2.0 IED cable and connected it to his desktop. it recognized everything on the computer. except my user name folder was empty. What is important to know is that I had my desktop user name password protected. (I was running windows xp professional) also when I set up the password there was an option to keep files hidden. so I did that as well. now I need to know how can I get it so where I can connect my laptop harddrive to my moms desktop computer and run the laptop drive as if was the primary drive meaning the operating system would boot up and everything. please I have pictures and family things that I can't ever get back. I know many of you will harp on me for not backing up my data but hey I didn't expect to be gone for about an hour and come back home to see that my laptop was destroyed.

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 01:45 AM

If this hdd is a IDE you could try installing it as a slave drive in another computer and transfer your files from there. Connecting the hdd as the master in another computer is a good way to corrupt the OS, I would strongly suggest that you not do that. This article explains it.

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#3 Jasonh1818

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:11 AM

I wont beable to view my files because my files are hidden to everyone except me I set that option like that. The only way to get my fgiles is to boot up the operating system on the laptop harddrive and then log onto my account and retrieve my info that way unless there is a way to view all the hidden files and do it your way?

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 01:38 PM

Um there might be, I might be misunderstanding you, but if you can still boot up your computer, there is a free O.S. called linux knoopix that boots from your cd/dvd drive. It allows you to not view your hidden files but you can copy them, put them on a hard drive, flash drive, or disc and then put them on your normal operating system and view them. Hehe had to do that once. If this helps just respond again and i'll tell you where you can get knoppix, it really is free and legal though, so don't worry about the fuzz.

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 03:38 PM

Show Hidden Files
http://www.microsoft.com/
Take ownership of a file or folder
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
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#6 Jasonh1818

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 07:48 PM

no My laptop can't start up. Thanks for those two sites garmanma definitely will try them.




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