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Need Help Accessing Data

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#1 tci


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Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:07 PM

I put a new boot drive in my computer and am using my old one as storage space on the computer. Because I had a system administrator password for my username on my old drive windows will not let me access files I had on my desktop or in the My Documents folder. There is a lot of music and video files I had in these two places that I need to get back. I can not get my old drive to work as the boot drive at all, have tried everything from reinstalling windows on it, to changing jumper settings and even in BIOS but can't get it to work. I am looking for a way to get around this password. When I try to access the folders the files are in it say that it is not accessible. Can anyone please help me?

Thanks in advance.


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#2 rigel



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Posted 16 April 2005 - 10:57 PM

Hi tci,

Let's give this a shot. Create an XP boot disk.

Right click the start button and select explore.
Place a floppy disk into the computer - one you can erase.
On the explorer screen - right click the "A" drive and select FORMAT - A being the FLOPPY DRIVE
A new window will display - check the box that says "CREATE A MS-DOS START-UP DISK"
The disk will format.
Now, boot to this disk. If you hard drive is shown as drive "D", type D: (where D is the drive letter of the hard drive to be browsed to)
type cd d:\documements and settings\administrator\my documents
Hopefully this will have you in the right place on your hard drive.
Type dir /p (This should display a directory listing for the administrator's my documents directory that is in paged form... press a key to continue scrolling through list.
Try this first!
Copy files to your new hard drive by doing the following: type:
copy *.* c:\documents and settings\administrator\my documents\*.*
Should move all files in the "my documents" directory.
Next type:
cd my pictures
copy *.* c:\documents and settings\administrator\my documents\my pictures\*.*
Should move all files in my pictures directory
Type cd ..
Type cd my videos
Type copy *.* c:\documents and settings\administrator\my documents\my videos\*.*
Should move all files in my videos directory
Type cd ..
Type cd my music
Type copy *.* c:\documents and settings\administrator\my documents\my music\*.*
This may move the files to you new hard drive without issue.
If that doesn't work, try copying the files to a floppy
Start copying your files to disk by doing the following:
copy filename.ext a: (filename = name of your file ext = the extention
ex: test.doc)
If you don't have a lot of files to move this works: copy *.* a:

When you have you files on disk, boot the new drive and use windows explorer to move the files where you want them on your new hard drive.

Hopefully booting into dos will ignore the password problem within XP.

Good luck


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