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Do you know a getaround for "access denied" in DOS?

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#1 megan21266


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Posted 10 July 2009 - 03:18 PM

My computer has crashed, and, bottom line, I may or may not have lost tons of data. I'm trying to get to it through the recovery console, but DOS won't let me change into the "documents and settings" folder, or any of its subfolders. It just says "access is denied". I am signed in as the administrator, and can't get into Win xp (I installed a parallel installation which can't find the old info -- I know, that's not the way it's supposed to go, but it's the way it is...). So, I'm hoping hoping HOPING there's some getaround through DOS to evade the "access denied" error.

Any thoughts or help??


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Posted 10 July 2009 - 03:41 PM

Try this instead of DOS



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Posted 10 July 2009 - 05:28 PM

I don't know about your parallel installation and DaChew is on it, but learned a lot about RC lately.

Recovery Console maneuvering commands are a little different that what you are probably used to.

Here is an MS page that lists the RC commands available (for advanced users :thumbsup: ) or you can just type help. for the list.


What folder are you in when you boot into RC?

The most encouraging answer would be C:\WINDOWS.

You would think that to get back to C:\ from C:\WINDOWS you would type in cd.. or cd\ but nooooo. You must type in cd \ to get back to C:\. I have not tried paths with spaces, so you may have to experiment. Wildcards will work in a command window but I am not sure about RC - like:

cd docum* (might need to be cd \docum* or cd c:\docum* - try several).

Moving around in RC just takes a little more thought.

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